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Halperin: Trump Tax Story Won’t Change The Race

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” while discussing The New York Times report on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggesting that he could have legally avoided paying federal income taxes for the last 18 years, the co-managing editor of Bloomberg Politics Mark Halperin said, “I don’t think it’s some dominant factor and I don’t think it’ll change the race very much.”

Halperin said, “It’s the first of many October surprises. The Times chose to publish on October 1 and I think we’ll see more from both of them.  I don’t know that this is as big a deal as the Times has blown it up to be. I don’t know that we learned anything new. We knew the guy took tons of deductions; they don’t know for a fact he didn’t pay federal taxes. The story says he could not, he might not have.  And I think Americans are going to — the Clinton campaign will continue to press on it. Americans who think this is a bad thing, that he won’t release his returns, I think will continue to go for it. But I don’t think it’s some dominant factor and I don’t think it’ll change the race very much.”

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