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What Warren Really Said About Scott Brown’s Tax Returns

Elizabeth Warren’s spokesperson, Alethea Hearney, is telling the Associated Press that Warren “misspoke” when she said in Worcester Monday night that U.S. Sen. Scott Brown should release his tax records for all the years that he has been in public office.

In a statement to the AP, Hearney said:

Both Elizabeth and Sen. Brown have released multiple years of tax returns that she believes give voters an understanding of each candidate’s financial circumstances.

Warren has released four years of tax returns. Brown has released six.

But in Worcester Monday night, Warren spoke quite clearly and emphatically. Below is a transcript of her remarks:

I think Scott Brown should release his tax returns for all the years that he’s been in public service. He’s been in public service for 20 years. Then he should have 20 years of tax returns out there. I just think it’s important to release the taxes for the years in public service. I think that’s the right way to draw the line. If you’re in public service, then the public has a right to know.

8/8 Update:

The Warren campaign has sent WBUR a statement describing Warren’s position on Brown’s taxes:

Elizabeth was asked about whether Mitt Romney should release more tax returns. She thinks that as a candidate for the highest office in the land, he should. Both Elizabeth and Senator Brown have released multiple years of tax returns that she believes give voters an understanding of each candidate’s financial circumstances.

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