Pressure has been mounting all over the place for Mitt Romney to release more years of his tax returns, pressure that becomes all-the-more important when Romney’s own father is on record as saying financial disclosure is the way to go. George Will said that Romney may have something in the returns that he doesn’t want people to see and concluded that the risks of releasing the documents outweigh the risks of not releasing them.
Matthew Dowd told George Stephanopoulos that Romney has to be withholding some important information, otherwise “he would say ‘Have at it.'” However, he said the bigger problem with Romney not releasing more tax returns is the air of “arrogance” it gives off, namely that politicians feel like they can do and not do whatever they want without repercussions.
Will agreed with Dowd, noting that the Romney campaign has said they’ve released all “necessary” information about his finances, and echoed concerns that there may be some hidden reason Romney has not released more returns.
“The cost of not releasing the returns are clear. Therefore, he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.”
Donna Brazile added that Romney has made the whole issue of his finances and tenure at Bain Capital so confusing, he could clear everything up just by releasing the tax returns and letting the chips fall where they may. She told Romney to “stop whining” and clear up the “gray area.”
Watch the video below, courtesy of ABC:
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