Conservatives Support Romney Releasing Tax Returns

PHOTO: Rick Perry, left, and Mitt Romney await for the start of the GOP debate on the campus of Drake University in this Dec. 10, 2011 file photo.
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Mitt Romney is getting push-back for not releasing his tax returns, even from members of his own party. An apprehensive Romey told National Review Online, "I'm simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about."

But just because the presumptive Republican presidential nominee doesn't want to talk about it, doesn't mean the rest of the conservatives are on board.

Conservative Columnist

George Will

"The cost of not releasing the returns are clear. Therefore, he must've calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them."

ABC Contributor and Bush Campaign Adviser

Mathew Dowd

"There's obviously something there, because if there was nothing there, he would say, 'Have at it.'

"If he had 20 years of 'great, clean, everything's fine,' it all would be out there."

GOP strategist

Rick Tyler

"There's clearly the problem with the tax returns, otherwise he would release, you know, 10 years of tax returns"

Former RNC Chairman

Michael Steele

"Put out as much information as you can even if you don't release 12 years of tax returns -- at least three, four, five."

Former Mississippi Governor

Haley Barbour

"He ought to release his returns," Barbour tells National Review Online. "Any time this campaign's conversation is not about President Obama's failed policies," particularly his economic record, "then the [Romney] campaign isn't talking about the right thing."

Alabama Governor

Gov. Robert Bentley

"I was asked, today, that question, do you think that Governor Romney should release his tax returns, and I said, 'I do.'"

GOP Presidential Contender

Ron Paul

"Politically, I think that would help him... In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want."

North Carolina Congressman

Rep. Walter Jones

"I think he should release his financial records and I think if he does it in July, it would be a lot better than in October."

Texas Congressman

Rep. Pete Sessions

"His personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game."


Gov. Rick Perry

"I'm a big believer that no matter who you are or what office you are running for, you should be as transparent as you can be with your tax returns and other aspects of your life so that people have the appropriate ability to judge your background and what have you. I certainly think it is inappropriate for the president of the united states to not keep his college transcript and his law school transcripts public, that he should make those available. I'm all about transparency."

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