Ryan will release two years of tax returns; says he gave Romney team 'several years'
August 12th, 2012
08:32 PM ET
10 years ago

Ryan will release two years of tax returns; says he gave Romney team 'several years'

(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan said Sunday he gave Mitt Romney's vice presidential vetting team "several years" of personal income tax returns, and that he would release two years of those returns to the public – the same number as Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee.

Democrats, as well as some Republicans, have called on Romney to release more than his 2010 and 2011 information, saying the voting public is entitled to know more about a candidate's financial history. Romney has consistently responded by saying his level of disclosure is beyond the legal amount and that two years give a good reflection of his tax situation.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

"It was a very exhaustive vetting process," Ryan said on CBS' "60 Minutes." "It's a confidential vetting process, so there were several years. But I'm going to release the same amount of years that Gov. Romney has."

A spokesman for Ryan later confirmed that the presumptive vice presidential nominee would release two years of income tax returns "as soon as we're ready."

Romney has disclosed his income tax returns from 2010, and released an estimate of his 2011 tax information in April. He has vowed to release 2011's full return one it's completed by his accountant.

Democrats say the lack of disclosure puts Romney at odds with a precedent for presidential candidates set by his father, George, the former Michigan governor who released 12 years of his tax returns when running for president in 1968.

Some Republican observers, including the editorial pages of the National Review and the New Hampshire Union Leader, have urged Romney to release more of his returns to quiet the political debate.

Ryan said Sunday that voters weren't interested in his or Romney's taxes, and were looking for the two presidential campaigns to return to substantive issues of economic policies.

"What I hear from people around this country, they're not asking, 'Where are the tax returns?' They're asking where the jobs are. 'Where's the economic growth?' Those are the issues that matter," Ryan said.

The calls for more disclosure "are more or less distractions to try and take us off the fact that the president has given us failed policies that aren't working," Ryan said, saying the Republican campaign would instead "focus on what it takes to turn this country around and get people back to work."

CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

- Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Taxes
soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    Ryan said Sunday that voters weren't interested in his or Romney's taxes, and were looking for the two presidential campaigns to return to substantive issues of economic policies.

    ...and you would be WRONG! Look at the numbers (63%?) that say "more more more" and as noted above the only people not interested are the drones and sheep that would vote for you without question even if you released none

    August 13, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  2. ST

    The reasons Romney had in requesting more Tax Returns of Ryan are the same reasons we the people have in asking both especially Romney to release more. Can Romney be serious on this issue??

    August 13, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  3. Trickle down doesn't work

    What are you hiding from the American People, Mr. Robme?
    He'd probably sell our secrets to the Chinese for a few billion.

    August 13, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. jane

    Again I say, there must be something really, really bad concerning Mitt's tax returns....I honestly think Mitt inadvertingly invested in a terrorist organization

    August 13, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Tony

    Romney now trails his running mate in the department of releasing tax returns. In some sense, Romney has lost control of his campaign. He is now just the front man for Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid so that the rich can get a huge tax cut.

    August 13, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. AlSonny

    Does Candidate Romney mean to imply that he has more right than the Americans to review Candidates; taxes?

    August 13, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. Puddin

    The American people aren't interested in tax returns? Uh oh, now we have two who must have something to hide. Oh yes, we are interested in those tax returns; it will tell us a lot. Or, I guess Ryan could be just Romney's "yes man." He can't upstage his boss. Romney's accountant must really be a busy person; golly, gee, how many pages is it anyway, and how long an extension will the IRS allow him?

    August 13, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Trickle down doesn't work

    He outsources jobs to China, he banks in other countries, his religion is basically a cult.
    We need to watch him closely since he has no loyality to the US.

    August 13, 2012 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Robert

    Ryan and Romney,

    I'm not hiring any person who refuses to give us, the public, the information we requested. So, you're not going to be hired! It's obvious Romney, and now Ryan, is hiding something from the American public. Four more years, President Obama!


    August 13, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Vulture and Voucher BOTH hiding something sneaky from us. Vote straight dem in November. Take a folding chair if lines are long. Sell it after you vote if you don't need it.

    August 13, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Woman In California

    Of course he's only going to show us two years anything more would bring Willard out of hiding and he can't have that can he? How stupid do they think we are?

    August 13, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12