BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is coming to Sen. Harry Reid’s defense in his comments on Mitt Romney’s taxes.

Reid has outraged some Republicans by saying he’s been told Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. Reid didn’t identify his source, and Pelosi said she couldn’t vouch for the anonymous tipster, but that she believed the Senate majority leader.

Pelosi says, “I believe if Sen. Reid said that, then somebody did tell him” and that it’s “up to Gov. Romney to release his returns.”

Pelosi spoke with reporters after an appearance at a Boca Raton retirement community Monday with congressional candidate Lois Frankel. The former House speaker’s remarks focused largely on protecting Medicare for seniors.

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