Elections 2012: Mitt Romney Faces a Wave of Tax Return Disclosure Calls from Republicans

Mitt Romney refused Tuesday to release more than two years of his income tax returns.

The Republican nominee dismissed calls from his own party to release additional years of tax returns. Photo: Mitt Romney/Flickr

Mitt Romney explained his move citing that some of fellow members of Republican Party don’t quite get the destructive capacity of Democratic opposition researchers.

“Oh, I think people in my party just say, ‘Look, this is a non-issue, just release the returns and it will all go away.’ My experience is that the Democratic Party these days has approached taxes in a very different way than in the past,” Romney told WPXI, an NBC Affiliate in Pittsburgh.

“Their opposition people look for anything they can find to distort, to twist, and to try and make negative, and I want to make this a campaign about the economy and creating jobs. And they want to make this campaign about attacking people and diverting attention from our job picture in this country.”

In another interview Romney said his decision not to release tax returns can be explained by his unwillingness to give the Obama campaign more fodder for attacks.

“In the political environment that exists today, the opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy.”

The candidate continued: “I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about.”

In an earlier interview with Radio Iowa, the Republican nominee tried to assure everyone that his offshore investments were managed by a blind trust and that he had no knowledge of their whereabouts.

“I don’t even know where they are,” he said at the time.

Romney response came in a taped interview, and it seems like it was delivered before Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged the former Massachusetts governor to release more returns and get the issue behind him.

“No matter who you are or what office you are running for, you should be as transparent as you can be with your tax returns and other aspects of your life so that people have the appropriate ability to judge your background,” Perry said to CBS News Austin affiliate KEYE-TV.

The former presidential candidate Rick Perry predicted that publishing the tax records would be a good move for the main Obama’s rival.

“I’m a believer that no matter who you are or what office you’re running for, you should be as transparent as you can be with your tax returns and other aspects of your life so that so people have the appropriate ability to judge your background,” Perry said.

Count Ron Paul supported the idea that it would behoove Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.

“Politically, I think that would help him,” Paul told reporters in a recent interview. “In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want.”

The Republican agreed with pundits who have called Romney’s tax returns a distraction from more substantial issues in the 2012 campaign, reports Yahoo! News.

“It’s a shame,” Paul continued. “It’s all a charade, I think it’s all contrived to not have a debate.”

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