Nightly News | August 17, 2012
>>> nbc's david gregory moderator of "meet the press" joins me with some analysis. good to have you here. paul ryan did release the 2010 and 2011 tax returns . i think he paid 15.9% effective rate in 2010 , 20% last year. does this take some of the heat off of romney right now in terms of the release of more of his tax returns ?
>> no. i think it'll only ratchet up more pressure at least by the obama campaign on governor romney to release more than what he said he'd do a couple years. in this particular case, governor romney said his running mate paid a higher rate than he did. he too has investment income. one reason governor romney 's rate is so low is because he doesn't earn a paycheck. he gets investment income so it is taxed as a dividend. as ron alluded to this is a political stunt, the obama campaign wanting to keep the attention on tax returns . maybe some people think it's important. others will think it's a distraction. they want to keep the story alive and here we are talking about it as well.
>> and the ryan pick was supposed to change the conversation and here we're back on taxes. let's talk about paul ryan . a week on the trail so far and it has been his record that's been under scrutiny. is it more or less than we'd expect this early in a vp?
>> i think it's about what you'd expect. he'll get a lot of questions about past votes. he is a member for congress 14 years, positions that he has taken. i think it's par for the course in terms what you'd expect in terms of scrutiny. it is a reminder there is still more to learn about paul ryan , more than just medicare and his view on the budget. where does he stand on social issues, foreign policy issues? there is a lot more scrutiny to come. he has shifted the debate from jobs in the economy to heavy focus on the budget and medicare.
>> david, thanks very much. we want to remind folks david will be joined by the chairman of the democratic and republican governors associations. martin o'malley of maryland and bob mcdonald of virginia and former new york mayor rudolph guiliani sunday on "meet the press" here on this nbc station.