A day after Mitt Romney said that he paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes each year, President Obama’s campaign manager on Friday said five years’ worth of Mr. Romney’s tax returns would satisfy Democrats.
Jim Messina, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager, offered a deal in an open letter to his counterpart, saying that if Mr. Romney released his tax returns from 2007 to 2011, Democrats would promise not to demand any more.
“If the governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more — neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign,” Mr. Messina wrote to Matt Rhoades, Mr. Romney’s campaign manager.
Mr. Messina said the offer should satisfy Mr. Romney’s oft-stated concerns that his adversaries will always continue to ask for more and more. But Mr. Messina pointedly did not promise that Democrats would hold their fire on the contents of the tax returns.
He said a release of five years would “help answer outstanding questions raised by the one return he has released to date, such as the range in the effective rates paid, the foreign accounts maintained, the foreign investments made, and the types of tax shelters used.”