Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Mitt Romney surrogate widely presumed to be a top contender as his running mate, defended on Wednesday Romney’s refusal to release additional tax returns, despite mounting pressure this week from both sides of the aisle.
Pawlenty argued on CBS's This Morning that Romney has released the “standard” two-years of tax records for a nominee, including his 2010 return and estimates for 2011. His actual 2011 return is still pending.
“There’s no indication that Mitt Romney’s done anything wrong with respect to his taxes,” Pawlenty said, a point that he reiterated several times during the interview. “and [President Obama] is trying to distract from the main issue, which should be his poor performance.”