Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., continued the charge against Mitt Romney on Bain Capital on Sunday, calling for him to release more tax returns to clarify the issue of his time spent with the company.
"I can tell you the documents that were filed with the SEC, with the signature of Mitt Romney, are completely confusing," he said on NBC's Meet the Press. His statements were an attempt to walk back those made by Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter on Thursday, when she indicated Romney may have committed a felony in filing SEC forms that listed him as president and CEO of Bain Capital from 1999-2001, the time during which he claims to have left the company to run the Olympics.
Durbin added that Romney was running away from his company "like a scalded cat" because the company outsourced jobs, and Romney would like to distance himself from a politically perilous issue.
To clarify the situation, Durbin said, Romney should release more tax returns. Democrats have taken up the call for Romney to release more returns in recent days, with Romney on Friday recommitting to release only two years: 2010, which he has already released, and 2011, which is pending.
"Mitt Romney can clear the air this afternoon on this whole issue by making a more complete disclosure of economic information," Durbin said.
He pointed out that releasing two years of tax returns doesn't even meet the standard set by Republican senators for Obama's cabinet nominees.