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Mitt Romney only releasing 2 years worth of tax records

3:18 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
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By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

Mitt Romney said today he won't release more than two years of tax records so President Obama and his team can have more to "lie" about or "distort."

In an interview with National Review Online, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee once again made clear that he does not intend to release anything beyond his tax returns for 2010-2011.

"In the political environment that exists today, the opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy," Romney told Robert Costa of National Review. "And I'm simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort, and lie about."

Romney made similar comments about his reasons for not disclosing more of his taxes during a round of interviews with ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and NBC last week.

In January, Romney released his 2010 tax return and an estimate of what he expects to pay for 2011. He has vowed to release the 2011 return when it is ready.

Obama and his campaign team frequently cite the 12 years of tax records released by Romney's father, George, as an example of other Republicans who have disclosed more than two years.

In other tidbits from the National Review interview, Romney also said he isn't yet working on his GOP nomination acceptance speech and currently has no plans to campaign during the week Democrats hold their national convention in Charlotte.

"That's a decision we'll make down the road," he said.

USA TODAY

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