Like Mitt Romney, Tommy Thompson is refusing to release his tax returns.

Thompson, the former Republican governor of Wisconsin, is running against Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. Baldwin has released 10 years of her tax returns, and Democrats are calling on Thompson to do the same.

When asked at a campaign stop in Waukesha on Thursday if he was going to follow Baldwin's lead, Thompson replied, "Why should I?" He then, according to, asked a reporter if he would release his.

Thompson argued that because he hasn't been in government for the past 10 years, he has no obligation to release his tax returns.

"I have not been in the government. I've been in the private sector," Thompson said. "The answer is no."

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate said the 10 years are important, however, because it's "when Tommy Thompson has been cashing in on his name and selling his influence."

Voters chose Thompson as the GOP nominee in Tuesday's primary, where he bested three other candidates. A recent poll showed Thompson and Baldwin tied, with each favored by 47 percent of likely Wisconsin voters.

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  • Ron Paul

    "Politically, I think that would help him," Paul said in a interview with <a href="" target="_hplink">Politico</a>. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want."

  • Richard Lugar

    "I have no idea on why he has restricted the number to this point," <a href="" target="_hplink">Lugar said</a>.

  • George Will

    "I don't know why... he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest," Will said on ABC's "<a href="" target="_hplink">This Week</a>." "He's done nothing illegal, nothing unseemly, nothing improper, but lots that's impolitic."

  • Bill Kristol

    "He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy," Kristol said on "<a href="" target="_hplink">Fox News Sunday</a>." "You gotta release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two."

  • Robert Bentley

    "I just believe in total transparency," Bentley told <a href="" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>. "In fact, I was asked today that question -- do you think that Governor Romney should release his tax returns? And I said I do. I said, I release my tax returns. I may be the only public official in Alabama that does, but I release mine every year and I just believe that people should release their tax returns. And if you get them out and just get past that, it just makes it so much easier."

  • Haley Barbour

    When asked on "<a href="" target="_hplink">The Situation Room</a>" if Romney should release more returns, Barbour said, "I would. But should it be an issue in the campaign? I don't think it amounts to diddly."

  • Michael Steele

    "If there's nothing there, there's no 'there' there, don't create a there,'" Steele said on MSNBC.

  • David Frum

    "Tax returns the next problem. Releasing returns under pressure: more weakness, more pain," Frum <a href="" target="_hplink">tweeted</a>.