White House suggests Romney release tax forms

January 17, 2012 - 1:35 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is suggesting GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney should release his tax returns, saying it's "established tradition" for presidential candidates to do so.

Responding to a question about Romney's failure so far to release his returns, White House press secretary Jay Carney stopped short of directly calling on the former Massachusetts governor to make them public. But he noted that when Barack Obama was a presidential candidate he released multiple years of his returns.

Carney said making tax records public has been a standard practice for presidential candidates, though it's not a law.

On Monday night, Romney said that while he might be willing to release his tax returns, he wouldn't do so until tax filing time.

Carney made his comments Tuesday at a White House press briefing.