Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose 2008 team reviewed years of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax history as part of the vice presidential vetting process, said Monday that there was nothing in the former Massachusetts governor's returns to suggest he ducked years of tax obligations.
"I am absolutely confident that [Romney] ... did pay taxes." McCain told the Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston during an interview set to air on his “Face to Face” program on Tuesday. “Nothing in his tax returns showed that he did not pay taxes.”
Last month, McCain also spoke broadly about Romney's financial history, saying he could "personally vouch" that the presidential candidate's returns contained nothing "disqualifying," but declining to go into any specifics.
Claims of Romney's alleged neglect of tax liabilities rose to the forefront of political debate late last month when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told The Huffington Post that a source -- a former Bain investor -- had told him that the Republican "didn't pay any taxes for 10 years."
Romney and his campaign have strongly and repeatedly denied Reid's claims, while maintaining that the two years of returns they plan on releasing are sufficient. A number of Republicans have also spoken out, blasting Reid for making unfounded allegations about Romney's tax history.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) joined McCain for the interview and continued to hit Reid for his assault on Romney. Graham said he believed Reid was “making it up” and that the Nevada senator’s effort to interject himself in the presidential race was “beneath his job of majority leader.” Ayotte called Reid's accusation "sad and disappointing."