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Previously: The question (August 11, 2012)

“Representative Ryan, how many years of tax returns did you provide to the Romney campaign in the vetting process?”

Today George Stephanopoulos asked Tim Pawlenty (r) the same question:

Former Governor Tim Pawlenty (r): …on behalf of our country.

George Stephanopoulos: You did bring up the tax returns. How many years of tax returns did you provide to the Romney campaign?

Tim Pawlenty (r): [pause] Well, I don’t know the exact number, George, but I, you know, there were several years I believe.

George Stephanopoulos: Several years, so more than two?

Tim Pawlenty (r): [pause] Well, we don’t get into the details [laugh] of the vetting process, but I, I gave ’em a bunch of tax returns. I don’t remember the exact number of years.

George Stephanopoulos: Governor Pawlenty, thanks…

“…Well, I don’t know the exact number…”

“…I, I gave ’em a bunch of tax returns. I don’t remember the exact number of years…”

Seriously? You’re being considered as the vice presidential nominee for your party and this is one of those minor details that slips your mind? Tim Pawlenty must think everyone in America is stupid.