Romney Defends Investments, Readies Tax Returns

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mitt Romney's campaign is defending his
investments in government-backed housing lenders Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac even as it gets ready to release the GOP presidential
candidate's recent income tax returns.

The two lenders have drawn GOP fire for their role in the nation's housing crisis.

Romney's investments in the companies became a touch point on
Monday after he questioned rival Newt Gingrich's lucrative consulting work with Freddie Mac.

Romney's campaign, meanwhile, was preparing for Tuesday's promised release of his 2010 income tax return and an estimate of
his 2011 tax bill. Romney had refused to release his personal tax
information but he gave in under mounting pressure.

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