till under fire from Democrats for not releasing more than two years of his tax returns, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday that he has paid at least a 13 percent tax rate for each of the past 10 years. The comment was a late response to an ABC News interview last month, in which he was asked whether he had ever paid less than the 13.9 percent rate he paid in 2010. At the time, Romney said he'd be happy to check, but hasn't provided an answer until now. "I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces — 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty — the fascination with taxes I paid I find to be very small-minded," he said at a news conference in South Carolina.
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