Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday called on 2016 presidential candidates to release their tax returns ahead of the first nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Romney released his 2010 tax returns and 2011 estimates four years ago, following the lead of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, then his main GOP rival in the 2012 presidential race. The issue dogged his campaign throughout the primary and into the general election, as Democrats insisted Romney, one of the wealthiest candidates ever to seek the presidency, release more than two years' worth of returns. Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) later infamously claimed that Romney "didn't pay any taxes for 10 years."
Although he has ruled out another run for the White House, Romney has remained active in the 2016 race. He recently affirmed his belief that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is a natural-born citizen, contrary to Republican front-runner Donald Trump's claims otherwise.
Trump, who continues to lead in New Hampshire, and appears to have some momentum in Iowa, has not yet released his tax returns. The businessman in October said he would release his tax returns when “we find out the true story on Hillary [Clinton's] emails."
At a rally over the weekend, Trump bragged that he paid "as little as possible" in taxes.
Also on HuffPost: