Americans Want Romney to Release Tax Returns
Most of Americans want Mitt Romney to release more tax returns. This is according to a new poll release Thursday. Fifty four percent of adults say that the Republican candidate should provide more returns to the public. That includes three out of every four Democrats, more than half of independents, and 30 percent of Republicans.
Thirty-seven percent say Romney should not release additional tax returns. Nine percent had no opinion about the issue.
Romney released his 2010 returns and promised to make his 2011 return public as well when it is completed. Democrats and some Republicans say that Romney should reveal his other tax returns. They noted that Romney’s father George released 12 years of returns when he ran for the White House.
Romney and his aides insisted that two years of returns was standard practice. They noted that Senator John McCain released two years of returns when he ran for president four years ago. Most recent nominees released more information. John Kerry released 20 years of tax returns. George W. Bush and Al Gore released nine years of return. President Barack Obama released seven years of returns when he last ran for office.
Romney said that releasing more returns would give his opponents more ammunition to attack him with. He said that the Democrats can distort, twist and turn things negative. He said he wants to focus on the economy and jobs creation.
The Obama campaign urged Romney to release the returns so that Americans can know how wealthy he is and how he made his money. He has an estimated net worth of around $250 million. The Democrats describe Romney as outsourcer-in-chief when he was still head of the private equity firm Bain Capital.
Romney maintained that he had little to do with the company between 1999 and 2002, when he was still paid a yearly salary and held the titular position of Bain. It was because he was running the Salt Lake City Olympics.