Ohio House Speaker William G. Batchelder of Medina today joined a growing chorus of Republicans who are urging GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns.
In an interview for the cable television show “In the Spotlight,” Batchelder replied, “My gosh, he should,” when asked by host Bob Conklin whether Romney should release his returns. Romney, a multimillionaire, has refused to make public more than the 2010 returns he has released and the 2011 returns he has said are coming soon. Romney’s refusal to release tax records for years before 2010 has fueled charges from President Barack Obama’s campaign that he’s hiding something.
Batchelder told Conklin that it is “difficult for people today not to release taxes when they’re running for president of the United States…especially a person as wealthy as Romney.” Batchelder said releasing the returns is “the only solution he’s going to have” to get the campaign issue behind him.
“For heaven sakes, get them out there and get away from it and deal with” bigger issues, Batchelder said.