Herman Cain: 'Who cares about Mitt Romney’s tax returns?'

The former Republican presidential candidate and pizza executive said Wednesday that Democrats were trying to demonize Romney's success in demanding additional tax returns.

"Let me say this as emphatically as I can: Who cares about Mitt Romney’s tax returns?" Cain told the Sacramento Bee. "Secondly, I love the fact that the guy is rich. You got people who are trying to make it seem like being rich is bad.”

Allies of President Obama have said that Romney should disclose additional returns in keeping with the tradition started by Romney's father during his bid for the White House.

"Despite growing calls for more disclosure and more transparency, Romney continues to refuse to release his returns because he doesn’t want the American people to know whether he’s taken advantage of foreign tax havens or offshore bank accounts to avoid paying his fair share," the Obama campaign said in a statement last week. "As pundits around the nation have noted, the American people deserve more from someone vying to lead the country."

Romney, meanwhile, said in an interview last week with the National Review he doesn't want to provide the Obama team with more ammunition to launch political attacks.

"In the political environment that exists today, the opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy," Romney said. "And I'm simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort and lie about."