Another conservative voice is calling on Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns. The New Hampshire Union Leader editorialized Thursday that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee should do so if he intends to win the election:
This storm won’t go away. It will distract from his policy debate with Obama -- and it will distract from Obama’s failures, providing the incumbent with the smokescreen he is attempting to create.
Romney needs to end this. He needs to end this by revealing the tax documents, explaining them, explaining the legality behind his actions, and then he needs to move on.
The Union Leader editors join the National Review, Bill Kristol, George Will and David Frum in arguing in favor of the candidate releasing more of his tax returns. Numerous Republican politicians have also called on him to release more years.
The paper has been critical of Romney, endorsing Newt Gingrich in the primaries. Back in November, editorial page editor Andrew Cline called Romney a "very play-it-safe candidate," adding, "perhaps in the late 19th century, perfect."
Romney reiterated Wednesday to NBC News that he would only release two years of returns. He has thus far released his 2010 return, showing a 13.9 percent rate on $21.7 million in income -- much lower than most middle-class filers because of investment income.