The pressure is on for Mitt Romney to release more of his tax statements- not only from the Obama camp but also from his fellow Republicans.
Ron Paul, Texas representative, believes that releasing tax returns will help rather than harm Romney’s campaign.
“Politically, I think that would help him,” the former presidential candidate said. “In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want.”
On the other hand Democrats believe that releasing Romney’s tax statements will help their efforts to get President Obama re-elected. They hope that the former businessman’s tax returns will further paint the Republican candidate as an “out-of-touch” wealthy businessman who cannot really understand how the ordinary American voter feels about the economy, unemployment, and taxes.
“Tax havens, offshore accounts, carried interest: Mitt Romney has used every trick in the book. 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,” a recent ad states.
Romney’s campaign has been hesitant to release the tax forms saying that the entire issue is just a distraction from the real issues, such as Obama’s economic record.
Several conservatives in addition to Paul, such as Bill Kristol and George Will, agree that at this point the best step is to disclose the tax statements, just to put the issue out of the way.