Romney: I'll release tax records in April

January 16, 2012 - 11:20 PM
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, speaks as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listen at the South Carolina Republican presidential candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says he's "happy" to release his tax records and suggested he would do so in April if he becomes the Republican nominee for president.

Under tough questioning during a presidential debate Monday, Romney said he has looked at the campaigns of past GOP nominees who released their tax information around tax day, which is April 15. Romney earned millions of dollars at a venture capital firm. He said there's nothing in the records to indicate anything amiss.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry suggested Romney should follow other candidates and release the returns before the nomination contest is decided.

The comments came during the first of two debates ahead of the South Carolina primary Saturday. Romney, who won the Iowa and New Hampshire contests, is the front-runner.