Romney Stands His Ground, To Release Only Two Years of Returns

Source: Emily Friedman and Jake Tapper / ABC News

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mitt Romney said this morning that he would release only two years of   tax returns despite increasing pressure from both Democrats and Republicans to release more, saying he was already doing more than what the law requires and is following the precedent set most recently by Sen. John McCain.

“John McCain ran for president and released two years of tax returns,” Romney said during an interview today on “Fox and Friends.”  ”John Kerry ran for president, and you know his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns [and] somehow this wasn’t an issue.”

“The Obama people keep on wanting more and more and more, more things to pick through,” said Romney, suggesting he didn’t want to provide more material for the president’s  research team to filter through and use in what Romney called  ”dishonest” attacks.

Romney has said since April that he would  release only two years of tax returns – his 2010 return, which is already public, and his 2011 return, as soon as it’s ready.  He filed for an extension on his  2011 filing, and his campaign said at the time that  he would release it before mid-October, although that timeline could be changing, although a campaign source tells ABC News the release could now come before Labor Day.

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