Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and Mitt Romney surrogate, appeared on ABC’s This Week, reacting to the Paul Ryan announcement — as well as answering some questions about his own vice presidential vetting. In particular, tax returns. Pawlenty said he submitted “several years” worth of returns during the vetting process, but that he couldn’t recall exactly how many.
“Well, I don’t know the exact number,” he told George Stephanopoulos, adding, “You know, there were several years, I believe.”
Pressed further, Pawlenty said, “We don’t get into the details of the vetting process, but I gave them a bunch of tax returns. I don’t remember the exact number of years.”
The Romney campaign, too, has said they requested “several” years of returns, without specifying how many. The issue of releasing tax returns has been in the spotlight following Romney’s refusal to release any returns beyond those of 2011 and 2010. Many, including those in his own party, have called on him to release the returns, with critics also comparing him to this father, George Romney, who released 12 years of returns during his presidential bid in 1968.
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