UPDATE: Paul Ryan Says He'll Release 2 Years of Taxes

UPDATED Sunday, August 12, 2012 --- 6:52 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan says he will only release two years of his tax returns -- the same amount Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has agreed to release.

Romney's running mate says voters are concerned about the economy, not tax returns. He says the focus on the candidates' tax returns is a distraction from President Barack Obama's record.

Ryan tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that he and Romney will focus on what it takes to turn the country around.

Romney has been criticized for refusing to turn over more tax returns. Romney has released one year so far and vowed to release this year's returns when they are ready.

A Romney adviser says Ryan gave the campaign "several" years of tax returns when he was being vetted, but wouldn't specify how many.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


Posted Sunday, August 12, 2012 --- 1:38 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Congressman Paul Ryan's record runs much deeper than his signature budget and Medicare ideas that delight conservatives and alarm many Democrats.

The Wisconsin lawmaker who is Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate is against abortion rights. The outdoorsman has a top rating from gun-rights groups. And he supported sending troops to the wars.

But, in conflict with fellow Republicans, Ryan's also opposed attempts to weaken wage laws that labor unions closely guard. And he backed the auto industry and bank bailouts that the party's right flank now opposes, votes that put him cross-ways with Romney.

Ryan's 14 years in Congress leave a trail of votes for Democrats to dissect, a process that began as Romney announced the pairing Saturday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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