Mitt Romney’s new senior adviser Ed Gillespie on Sunday denied reports that he is heading up the Romney campaign’s search for a vice president.
Gillespie said that reports he was in charge of the VP search were inaccurate, and didn’t weigh in on whether Romney should name a vice president earlier than the week before the Republican convention.
Gillespie, who joined Romney’s campaign earlier this month, said it was too soon for the campaign to make a decision on when to name its vice president. There has been talk about Romney naming a running mate earlier than the convention so he has help on the campaign trail and with fundraising.
“Gov. Romney himself really only emerged as — what I think it’s now safe to say the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party — about a week ago,” Gillespie said. “The focus has been rightly on trying to secure enough delegates.”
Gillespie also defended Romney’s filing for an extension on his tax returns this week and not releasing the full 23 years of returns he gave 2008 GOP nominee Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMarines reignite debate on women in combat Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Report: Prominent neoconservative to fundraise for Clinton MORE (R-Ariz.), during McCain’s vice presidential search.
Gillespie said making Romney’s tax returns a campaign issue was “a classic attempt by the Obama campaign to distract.”
He said that Romney’s 2012 tax return would be filed before the election.