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Where are Marco Rubio's tax returns?



UPDATE 6:50 p.m.: Rubio's campaign said the plan is to release the documents this weekend.

Mitt Romney on Wednesday made a public push for Donald Trump to release his tax returns and strongly suggested the billionaire was delaying for nefarious reasons.

“I think we have good reason to believe that there’s a bombshell in Donald Trump’s taxes. I think there is something there,” Romney said on Fox News. “The reason I think there is a bombshell in there is because every time he is asked about his taxes, he dodges and delays.”

Romney offered no evidence of his hunch, but it made us wonder what’s taking Marco Rubio so long.

Rubio’s campaign told us in June that he planned to release them in “a couple weeks.” Then it was supposed to be right after the first GOP debate, held Aug. 6.

Last week in South Carolina, Rubio told the Associated Press the returns would come "any day" -- or even "momentarily.”

Rubio did release tax returns from 2000-2009 when he was a U.S. Senate candidate.

There's no whiff of a "bombshell" looming in Rubio's, but they are an important part of understanding and vetting a candidate.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 6:50pm]


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