Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanMedicare looms over Trump-Ryan alliance Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration Overnight Healthcare: Senate advances cures bill | GOP's ObamaCare lawsuit on hold 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 ReidOvernight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks 'conservative outreach' director Cures bill clears first Senate hurdle Dem senator had 'constructive' talk with Trump 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 GrahamThe trouble with Rex Tillerson A Cabinet position for Petraeus; disciplinary actions for Broadwell after affair Pentagon should have a civilian chief to give peace a chance 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.