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Rubio says number of tax returns Romney releases not 'relevant issue'



A number of Republicans (and of course Democrats) are calling on Mitt Romney to release more tax returns than the two he has agreed to, but Sen. Marco Rubio says it's a non issue.

"I honestly don't think it's that big a deal," Rubio said in an interview this morning. "If he releases three years, they'll ask him for four. If he releases four, they'll ask him for five. If (people) think there should be more disclosure, they should pass a law to make it that way. I think he's complied with everything the law asks of a presidential candidate. Every race is different. Every candidate makes a decision as to how they want to approach it. He's released as many years as John McCain did. ... I don't really think it's a relevant issue."

Rubio released nine years of tax returns in his 2010 U.S. Senate race.

Rubio, speaking to Florida reporters from his office in Washington, also indicated his well-funded PAC could get involved in Florida's Senate race, saying while he appreciates his relationship with Sen. Bill Nelson he believes the seat is potentially key to a GOP takeover of the chamber.

More from the interview below.

  • Rubio said he's still working on his Dream Act alternative but does not appear close to releasing a proposal. But the Obama administration missed a deadline today to provide details on its plan. Rubio said it was evidence of the flaws in that proposal. "The stakes are so high and this issue is so important that I’ve always want to make sure whatever it is we propose, we have the answer to every question that could be raised. If you don’t have the answer to one or two critical questions you set the whole thing back. You may even end up damaging it.”
  • He'll stump for Romney Thursday in Orlando as a counter to President Obama's visit. "It'll be an interesting time to remind Americans of what a failure his policies have been for Floridians."
  • He congratulated Ted Cruz's win last night in Texas and says he's met Cruz. "He’s smart, he's articulate ... He’s really knowledgeable on constitutional issues. … which is something we need more of around here. I think he’ll be a real leader for a long time."
  • Rubio says he'll take eight days off in August for vacation, but will hit the campaign trail with Romney when his bus tour crosses into Florida Aug. 13.
  • He's installed the Romney "veep app" on his iPhone. So what can we divine from that? "I don't know ... you can divine whatever you want. I just think it's pretty cool. I think it's a good way to announce it."



[Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 1:16pm]


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