Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanSunday shows preview: Trump stares down 100-day mark Ryan: Focus is on keeping government open, not healthcare GOP lawmakers told they’re inching closer to ObamaCare repeal deal MORE (R-Wis.) on Sunday defended Mitt Romney against Democratic calls for him to release more tax returns and said he would follow the presumptive GOP nominee’s lead and release only two years of records.
In his first interview with Romney since being selected as his running mate, Ryan would not specifically disclose how many years of tax records he had given to the campaign during its vice presidential vetting.
“It was a very exhaustive vetting process, said Ryan on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” “It’s a confidential vetting process, so there were several years.”
Democrats have pressured Romney to release additional records after a report last month detailed his offshore financial holdings and have used the issue to paint the GOP contender as out-of-touch with Americans struggling in the weak economy.
Romney has released his 2010 tax records and an estimate of 2011 taxes but has refused to provide additional returns, calling the Democratic pressure an attempt to distract voters from President Obama’s economic policies.
Ryan agreed with Romney's stance, saying that voters were focused on jobs and were not asking for more returns.
“They're asking where the jobs are. Where's the economic growth. Those are the issues that matter,” he said.
The debate over Romney's returns escalated recently when Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare Dem senator says his party will restore 60-vote Supreme Court filibuster GOP senator lobbying colleagues to keep legislative filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) said he had heard from a former investor with Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney once ran, that he had not paid taxes over a 10-year period.
Romney called on Reid to reveal his anonymous source and top Republicans including Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamRussian interference looms over European elections Graham: I’m ‘all in’ for Trump Graham: US on a collision course with North Korea MORE (R-S.C.) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus accused Reid of lying.
Romney has insisted that he always paid his taxes and did not use offshore accounts to evade American tax laws.