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Thompson will not release personal tax documents

CREATED Aug 15, 2012

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WAUKESHA - Former Governor Tommy Thompson made his first public appearance since taking Tuesday's primary.  He spoke at Husco International in Waukesha.
Thompson rejected calls to release years of personal tax documents.
"When I was governor and I was employed by the people of the State of Wisconsin, I released my tax returns, but I've been in the business world," Thompson said.  "The question is, 'am I going to release my tax returns?'  The answer is 'no'."
Thompson stood firm when pressed by reporters.
"No," Thompson said.  "The answer is N-O.  What part don't you understand?"
Democrats asked Thompson to release ten years of state and federal tax returns.
"Multimillionaires like Tommy Thompson and Mitt Romney want tax cuts that will end up making them richer and that will result in tax increases for the middle class, but for all their talk of taxes they won't show the people of Wisconsin their own tax returns," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said in a written statement.
Thompson said he wants to debate opponent Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, but he is not ready to commit to specifics.
"Absolutely we're going to debate," Thompson said.  "I want to debate, but I don't know if I want to choose the same three she wants."
Thompson says the Republican primary against Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde and Mark Neumann was the most challenging since his first campaign for governor.
Thompson took questions from reporters in front of several hundred Husco International employees.