Republican VP Shortlisters Asked for 10 years of Tax Returns

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney asked the members of his shortlist for vice president for 10 years of tax returns, The Daily Beast reports.

The request for tax returns is a regular part of the vetting process, but the issue of who has paid what into the government's coffers has achieved greater significance on the road to the November presidential election as Romney has declined to release more than two tax returns to the public.

Romney told Parade Magazine that he is reluctant to release more than two tax returns because his tithing to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a personal matter, but the Obama campaign has called on Romney to release more tax returns for public scrutiny amid charges that Romney, the wealthiest person to ever have run for president, pays a lower percentage in taxes than most Americans.

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