Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney requested at least ten years of tax returns from several of his potential running mates during the vice presidential vetting process, three Republicans familiar with the requests confirmed to CNN.
One GOP source said that while Romney officials asked for a decade's worth of tax documents, they were "were willing to settle for less" as they scrutinized the financial backgrounds of several Republicans before Romney ultimately decided to tap Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his ticket mate.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney wakes up in New York City on Friday, where he will attend a fundraiser before heading to suburban Cleveland for an afternoon rally. Meanwhile, his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, will appear at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
On the Democratic side, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are in Washington with no public campaign events on their schedules. In the meantime, Biden's wife, Jill, hits the trail in Minnesota.
See a full schedule of the day's events after the jump.
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CNN: Romney, Obama navigate Arab world turmoil
Is this week's anti-American chaos in the Arab world going to be President Barack Obama's Jimmy Carter moment or Republican challenger Mitt Romney's John McCain moment? The unrest so far in Libya, Egypt and Yemen - embassies attacked, an American ambassador killed, spreading protests - evokes memories of another U.S. crisis more than 30 years ago. In 1979, Iranians celebrating their revolution invaded the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage to launch a crisis that helped doom Carter's re-election bid a year later.
CNN: Ohio trending for Obama; Florida, Virginia tied
President Barack Obama has a narrow advantage over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio according to a new poll released Thursday which also found the race for the White House locked up in Florida and Virginia.