Romney digs in against releasing more tax returns
RWIN, Penn. (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney shrugged off growing pressure on Tuesday to release more of his tax returns, and his campaign lashed out at President Barack Obama in an effort to turn the campaign debate away from Romney's business and financial record.
Romney said he
would not give in to mounting attacks over his refusal to release his
tax returns prior to 2010, including calls from some Republican allies
to disclose the records and end the controversy.
"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," Romney said in an interview with
the conservative National Review Online.
"I'm simply not
enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to
pick through, distort and lie about," he said.
The Obama campaign
put up a new television ad in swing state Pennsylvania raising questions
about why former executive Romney will not release the tax returns. The
release of candidates' tax returns is voluntary but traditional.
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