(UPDATE: This post was originally published as a live-Slog as information slowly trickled in through various news outlets. I've rewritten it into a more traditional post, but if you're looking for the original live-Slog, you can find it after the jump.)
Mitt Romney just did five short interviews with five media outlets. His messages were apparently pretty much the same in all the interviews: He says he had no role in Bain Capital after 1999, except for the fact that he was still a shareholder. He did not address why he was listed as “sole stockholder, chairman of the board, chief executive officer, and president” of Bain Capital through 2002, and why Bain continued to list him as such in SEC filings. So he basically dodged the issue with the same arguments his campaign and Bain has been making for the last two days. Today's statements directly contradict statements made by Romney in the past, and they directly contradict a press release issued by Bain in 1999 that claimed Romney went part-time when he moved to Utah.
Further, Romney insisted that he was only going to release two years' worth of tax returns, saying that's all he has to do in order to comply with the law. Two years, Romney says, is "all that's necessary for people to understand something about my finances."
But mostly, Romney attacked the president, demanding an apology from President Obama for a surrogate's claims that Romney may have committed a felony. Again, he didn't provide any proof that those allegations are untrue, he simply asked for an apology. This is the same thing his campaign did to the Boston Globe this morning. It's obvious that Romney's trying to turn the story into a grudge match, rather than a discussion about his resumé. (It's also obvious that Romney is pissed off. He didn't go red-faced in any of the interview I've seen yet, but if you watch his cadence and his body language in any of those interviews, you can see that he's going nuclear deep down inside. For a Mormon, this is the equivalent of a temper tantrum.) So basically, nothing's changed, and Romney managed to fuck up five much-anticipated media appearances. I expect this story to continue all weekend, especially on the Sunday morning news shows.
ORIGINAL POST 3:10 PM: The five Mitt Romney interviews just went live all at once, and the internet is just starting to digest them. Time for a live-Slog!
3:14 PM: Romney has announced that he is only going to release two years' worth of tax returns, saying he has complied with the law. He says, "That's all that's necessary for people to understand something about my finances."
3:15 PM: Sounds like Romney's official line on the Bain deal is that he had no role in Bain Capital after 1999, but he was still a shareholder. This doesn't explain those SEC filings.
3:18 PM: Here's Romney demanding that President Obama apologize for Obama surrogate Stephanie Cutter suggesting that Romney committed a felony:
Asked by Crawford whether he believes Mr. Obama owes him an apology for Cutter's remarks, Romney said, "Absolutely - my goodness!
"What kind of president would have a campaign that says something like that about the nominee of another party?" Romney said. "This is reckless and absurd on his part, and it's something that's beneath his dignity. I hope he recognizes that even fellow Democrats have said that.
"Look - the president needs to talk about the direction he'd take the country, and stop these kinds of ads and attacks that are so disparate from what the American people want to talk about," Romney concluded, adding later that the president "has demeaned the leadership which he should be bringing to this country."