#MTP Trivia: On MTP what prez cand. adopted a full disclosure policy on tax returns saying “Let everybody analyze my net worth, my taxes”— Betsy Fischer Martin (@BetsyMTP) July 16, 2012
A look through Meet the Press history shows the debate over past business dealings and the disclosure of tax returns in this year’s campaign is nothing new. In May of 1979, George H. W. Bush appeared on the program the week he formally announced he would run for President. Bush, who was introduced as a former Texas congressman and former head of the Republican National Committee, had been on Meet the Press three times before. This appearance, however, seemed to mark his introduction as a serious candidate for President, and the panel made sure to explore his domestic and foreign policy opinions at length for those watching at home. Since, as moderator Bill Monroe pointed out, many of the other Republican candidates were at that time “way ahead” of Bush in their campaigning, the Meet the Press journalists also pressed him on his strategy for proving he deserved the nomination, and the presidency. Bush repeatedly held up his background as CIA Director and Ambassador to the United Nations, and rejected the idea that he was at a disadvantage, saying “I couldn’t care less, on my part” about the polling so far. Towards the end of the show, reporter Godfrey Sperling of the Christian Science Monitor, pressed Bush on his business background, asking if his “deep involvement” in the oil industry would be a difficulty going forward. Bush responded with a dramatic announcement -- for a presidential candidate: “I am going with full disclosure, full taxes. Let everybody – they should – analyze my net worth.” He also explained his link to the oil industry and how he thought it be brought up by “cynical people” during the campaign; you can watch the rest of his remarks in the 1979 clip below. And for the 2012 campaign debate over business and taxes: Check out Senior Romney Campaign Adviser Ed Gillespie’s response to charges that Romney should release his tax returns on Meet the Press this Sunday.
Every Monday, Betsy Fischer Martin - the Executive Producer of Meet the Press - poses a trivia question on Twitter about the 64 years of history-making moments and guests on Meet The Press. Check back every Tuesday for answers and video clips!