Finished goal of running the distance of 2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C and back!!! 339.1 miles

0.0 miles run this week.
Daily running average for the week is 0.00 miles per day.
Total amount run in the past 800 days is 2,419.1 miles.
Daily running average overall is 3.02 miles per day.

Day719 Friday 08/17/12

ran 4.5 miles
Because Barack Obama has nothing better to campaign on he is continuing to kick the dead horse that is the release of Mitt Romney's tax returns. Obama campaign manager, Jim Messina, offered a schoolyard challenge to Romney campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, today suggesting that if Romney would release the past five years of his tax returns then maybe (fingers crossed) he would no longer antagonize him over it. The proposition was pretty much a lunch time "twinkie for an apple" sort of deal followed by a punch in the face by the biggest bully in Chicago---and, by the way, President Obama, why don't you release your college transcripts, which you have paid for to be locked away?

Here's the offer:

Dear Matt:
I am writing to ask again that the Governor release multiple years of tax returns, but also to make an offer that should address his concerns about the additional disclosures. Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide. So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: 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.

This request for the release of five years, covering the complete returns for 2007-2012, is surely not unreasonable. Other Presidential candidates have released more, including the Governor’s father who provided 12 years of returns. In the Governor’s case, a five year release would appropriately span all the years that he has been a candidate for President. It would also 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.

To provide these five years, the Governor would have to release only three more sets of returns in addition to the 2010 return he has released and the 2011 return he has pledged to provide. And, I repeat, the Governor and his campaign can expect in return that we will refrain from questioning whether he has released enough or pressing for more.

I look forward to your reply.
Jim Messina
Obama for America Campaign Manager

Here's the response:

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.

Matt Rhoades
Romney for President
Campaign Manager

And, just for kicks, here is our vice president in campaign mode: 

2,080 miles from Lafayette, LA to Washington D.C. and back + 169.2

Here is what happened one year ago on Day354.

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