Mitt Romney took a swing Wednesday at Donald Trump in an interview on FOX Business Channel over his tax returns. Romney says he suspects their is a "bombshell" in his tax returns and that is why he is dodges and delays on releasing them.
Romney said he is "sensitive" about the issue because he was attacked over his tax returns by Senator Harry Reid in the 2012 presidential cycle.
MITT ROMNEY: I’d like to see a number of things from the candidates, not just the positions on their issues in some detail and some candidates are more thorough in laying out what they are going to do than others. I’d also like to see their back taxes. I’d like to see where they filed their taxes in the last several years – I’m not taking about their taxes this year. I’m talking about the taxes that have already been filed with the IRS and Donald Trump and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz have none shown as their back taxes.
This was an issue on my campaign so I’m sensitive. Just a couple years – the last two years that have already been filed. This will give us a real sense on whether these people are on the up and up and if they have been telling us things about themselves that are true or not. I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes. I think there is something there. Either he is not anywhere near as wealthy as he says he is or he hasn’t been paying the kind of taxes we would expect him to pay or perhaps he hasn’t been giving money to the vets or the disable like he has been telling us he’s been doing.
The reason I think there is a bombshell in there is because every time he is asked about his taxes he dodges and delays and says well we’re working on it. We’re not talking about the taxes that are coming due this year. We are talking about taxes already filed, back taxes. My back taxes when I ran in 2012, I put out in January of 2012. We’re now in late February and we still haven’t seen either Donald Trump’s or Marco Rubio’s or Ted Cruz’s taxes and frankly the voters have a right to see those tax returns before they decide who are nominee ought to be.
They were all over me for my taxes. It became a big issue, but I put my taxes out in January 2012 and I gave people to give a chance to digest it and decide whether I was going to be the nominee or not. In fact, if Donald Trump’s or Marco Rubio’s or Ted Cruz’s have some real problems in there, let’s get them out there and see them. I think it’s pretty clear given Donald Trump’s dodging and weaving and delaying – I think last time he was asked about his taxes he said it’s going to be month. People have a right to know if there’s a problem in those taxes before they decide who our nominee should be.
He likes to tell people how well he’s done, why isn’t he willing to let us look at the tax return? It was an issue in my campaign. That’s why I’m so sensitive to it. We’re going to select our nominee – we really ought to see from all three of these fellows what their taxes look like to see if there is an issue there. I think in Donald Trump’s case it is likely to be a bombshell.