By David Jackson, USA TODAY
President Obama himself has jumped into the flap over Mitt Romney's
tax returns, saying voters are entitled to more information on the
Republican's offshore bank accounts.
"What's important is if you
are running for president is that the American people know who you are
and what you've done and that you're an open book," Obama told WMUR-TV of Manchester, N.H., in an interview on Monday.
"And that's been true of every presidential candidate dating all the way back to Mitt Romney's father," Obama added.
Obama's campaign has also released a new video on Romney's finances.
George Romney, then the governor of Michigan, released 12 years of tax returns when he sought the presidency in 1968.
Romney has released only his most recent tax returns; Obama's camp is
demanding more as they raise questions about Romney's overseas accounts,
and whether he has used them to avoid paying U.S. taxes.
Romney and aides also say Obama is attacking him in order to divert voters' attention from a poor economy.
the failures of his presidency becoming more evident by the day, Barack
Obama has resorted to the tactics of a typical politician," said
Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. "Rather than talk about the issues
important to Americans in their everyday lives, he has chosen instead
to run a campaign based on character attacks and dishonesty."