**Written by Doug Powers
On Sunday’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said he would release two years of tax returns and put to rest all of the questions that some say have been plaguing his campaign, and perhaps led to his loss in the South Carolina primary on Saturday.
“Well, actually, what we said was that I was planning on releasing them in April — when they have been released by other candidates, in the past,” Romney said. “But you know what, given all of the attention that’s been focused on tax returns, given the distraction that I think they became in these last couple of weeks, look, I am going to make it clear to you now: I will release my tax returns for 2010 — which are the last returns that were completed — and do it on Tuesday of this week, and I’ll also release an estimate for 2011 tax returns. So you’ll have two years. People can look at and put them on the website and go through the pages. This I think, we made a mistake in holding off as long as we did. It just was a distraction and we want to get back to the real issues in the campaign and leadership, character, a vision for America, how to get jobs in America and reign in the excessive scale of the federal government.”
Given the results of yesterday’s S.C. primary, Romney has little choice at this point (though I’m not convinced the tax return delay has been a deal breaker up to now). If Gingrich stages another come-from-behind victory in Florida, Romney doesn’t want to know there’s something he could have done that might have made a difference. That said, the GOP candidates getting mired in class warfare games is playing right into the Democrats’ hands. One of the Dems’ leading liberals who paid only 13% in taxes the year before he ran for president will be pleased.
Here’s Romney on Fox News Sunday this morning:
In other news, if Romney does end up being the Republican nominee, the Democrats could hit a few speed bumps in their attacks on Bain Capital:
During the last three election cycles, Bain employees have given Democratic candidates and party committees more than $1.2 million. The vast majority of that sum came from senior executives.
Republican candidates and party committees raised over $480,000 from senior Bain executives during that time period.
Recipients include Democratic senators facing tough reelection races this year, such as Jon Tester (Mont.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio) and Bill Nelson (Fla.).
**Written by Doug Powers
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