The Massachusetts governor thought otherwise, say the sources who know the candidate for a long time, he never would have gone forward with his run for president.
Bain executives opened up that they have had instructions to keep company and Romney-specific information confidential, tightening the lockdown on an already closed company, reports The Huffington Post.
This week has become quite difficult for the presumptive GOP nominee as he is facing high criticism alongside the pressure to release his tax returns.
On Tuesday, the conservative National Review joined Republicans pushing Romney to disclose his returns from the years before 2010.
Earlier this week Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged Mitt Romney 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.
However, the candidate’s Bain time seems to have only worsened Romney’s objection to releasing the information of his recent returns.
He is “not enthusiastic,” he told reporters on Tuesday, about giving Democrats thousands of more pages to rifle through for material that they can “distort and lie about.”
Romney told an NBC Affiliate in Pittsburgh: “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.’”
He went on: “My experience is that the Democratic Party these days has approached taxes in a very different way than in the past.”
“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,” the former Massachusetts governor explained.
“And they want to make this campaign about attacking people and diverting attention from our job picture in this country,” he added.
Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul commented on the Bain executives’ observations, saying: “Rumors on what unknown people who Mitt Romney may not have ever met muse about what someone else, also unknown, told them should not justify a story.”
However, Republicans are not alone in their pressure over Romney. To make the candidate release his returns, the Obama campaign put up a new television ad raising questions about why Romney will not release more of his tax returns.
“Tax havens, offshore accounts, carried interest — Mitt Romney has used every trick in the book,” the ad’s narrator said.
“Romney admits that over the last two years he’s paid less than 15 percent in taxes on $43 million in income. Makes you wonder if some years he paid any taxes at all,” the ad said, concluding: “What is Mitt Romney hiding?”
When asked to comment on the ad, former New Hampshire Governor and the main Romney’s surrogate John Sununu called Obama and his campaign a “bunch of liars” and said: “I wish the president would learn how to be an American.”
He later apologized, admitting that he did go too far in his efforts to argue that Obama doesn’t understand how jobs are created in America.
“I wanted to come back to that same theme in that riff that you just played there. And instead of saying that he’s got to learn the American formula for creating jobs, I — I did say those words that are there,” he explained.