July 18th, 2012
10:05 PM ET

Republicans disagree over Romney taxes

Should Mitt Romney release more of his tax returns? That’s the question the Obama campaign pushed into the public discourse, but Republicans are also debating the issue.

The Romney campaign has repeatedly insisted it won’t give into the pressure, but that hasn’t stopped prominent Republicans from pushing the issue. Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Governor Rick Perry, and conservative political analyst William “Bill” Kristol are among those calling on the Romney camp to provide full disclosure.

Ari Fleischer, former George W. Bush White House Press Secretary, thinks the time for releasing more than two years of tax records has passed. “The American people are not there, they’re not focused on this issue,” insists Fleischer.

While conceding that the Obama campaign will surely nitpick Romney’s tax returns, Republican Strategist Ana Navarro thinks the Republican nominee should refocus the conversation on the economy and “take the band-aid off” by releasing more of his tax returns. Navaro added, “We’re not going to learn anything new, he is a wealthy man who has been very successful.”

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