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Romney on Releasing Tax Returns: 'Time Will Tell'

10:39 PM, Jan 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In tonight's Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Mitt Romney declined to state directly whether he would release his income tax returns.

Mitt Romney

“I hadn’t planned on releasing tax records,” Romney told the crowd in response to a question from moderator Bret Baier. “If that’s been the tradition, I’m not opposed to doing that. Time will tell. I anticipate that most likely I’ll get asked to do that around the April time period.”

The former governor of Massachusetts and ex-Bain Capital chief indicated, however, that he would be open to releasing his tax returns. “In history, people have released them around April of the coming year and that’s probably what I’ll do,” Romney said.

John McCain, in the 2008 presidential election, released his income tax returns on April 18 of that year.

Earlier in the debate, Rick Perry called on Romney to release the tax records. "My income tax[es] have been out every year . . . Mitt, we need for you to release your income tax so the people of this country can see how you made your money."

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