“They (Democratics) are doing everything they can to hurt Governor Romney and tax returns will be one of those things,” Gov. Robert Bentley
told ABC News on July 14 “So the best thing to do is just get everything out in the open and just say, ‘hey I have nothing to hide and I’m going to release my tax returns.’”
Mitt Romney: "I don't want to go there"
Romney has released his 2010 returns and 2011 estimates, but that is all. His camp has evaded the question as to why he is not releasing more returns and said he's released all that's required by law and indicate he will release no more. When Romney himself has been asked about his returns he invariably turns the talk back to Obama campaign tactics.
"People always want to get more and, you know, we're putting out what is required plus more that is not required. And those are the two years that people are going to have," he recently told CNN's
Jim Acosta. "And that's all that's necessary for people to understand something about my finances. And, look, if people believe this should be a campaign about attacking one another on a personal basis and go back to the kinds of attacks that were suggested in some campaigns in the past, I don't want to go there."
Gov. Robert Bentley: real issue is economy
Bentley, who says he strongly supports Romney's candidacy, maintains releasing his tax returns is the only way to make the issue go away and failing to release them will provide more fodder for speculation that he invested in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts to avoid paying taxes. "If you have things to hide, then maybe you're doing things wrong," he said.
Bentley also said failing to release those years of tax returns makes it difficult to keep the election on track and will "cause distractions away from the real issue in this campaign - and that’s the economy." Not surprisingly the Obama campaign issued a statement agreeing with Bentley's suggestion that Romney release his tax returns.