Romney response to tax offer: Thanks but no thanks

President Obama can talk about tax returns all he wants, says Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades.

Rhoades doesn't spell it out in his letter to Obama campaign manager Jim Messina, but it's pretty clear that Mitt Romney will not be releasing five years of tax returns in exchange for Democratic silence.

The full letter is below.

(Worth  noting: In forwarding the exchange to reporters, the Romney campaign accidentally left Messina's personal e-mail address public.) 

Hey Jim,

Thanks for the note.

It is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Governor Romney’s tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters, like putting Americans back to work, fixing the economy and reining in spending.

If Governor Romney’s tax returns are the core message of your campaign, there will be ample time for President Obama to discuss them over the next 81 days.

In the meantime, Governor Romney will continue to lay out his plans for a stronger middle class, to save Medicare, to put work back into welfare, and help the 23 million Americans struggling to find work in the Obama economy.

See you in Denver.

Thanks,

Matt Rhoades
Romney for President
Campaign Manager

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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