If Harry Reid does know a gossip who alleged that Romney didn’t pay his taxes [which I doubt], Reid needs to man up and tell us who it is. There is something disgraceful about a rumor mongering fool sitting as Senate Majority Leader. As an aside, when is Reid going to vote on a budget?
“The word’s out that he hasn’t paid any taxes for ten years,” Sen. Reid said of Romney on the Senate floor Thursday. “Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t.” Of course the word is out because Reid put it out.
Reid said that an investor with Bain Capital called his office last month to say that Romney “didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.” [How would an investor even know this? I’m just sayin’]
Embellishing the baseless accusation, Reid added in an interview with the HuffPo,
“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain,” said Reid, “But obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”
Romney said today in Vegas that he paid taxes every year and he paid a “lot of taxes.” “Harry is simply wrong, and that’s why I’m so anxious for him to give us the names of the people who have put this forward. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear the names are people from the White House or the Obama campaign or who knows where they’re coming from.”
“Harry Reid really has to put up or shut up,” Romney said.
Romney has released one year of taxes and an estimate of another year, which he will finalize. Romney has met the requirements under the law.
The tax argument is simply a distraction. The Democrats are hoping no one notices the 8.3% unemployment , the 0.5% loss in manufacturing orders, the 195,000 jobs lost to small business or the $16 trillion in debt.
Lindsey Graham said today that Reid was lying. “I just cannot believe that the majority leader of the United States would take the floor twice, make accusations that are absolutely unfounded in my view and, quite frankly, making things up to divert the campaign away from the real issues,” Graham, R-SC, said today on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, on ABC’s “This Week today, said” it’s a “made-up issue.”
“As far as Harry Reid is concerned … I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn’t filed a single page of tax returns himself,” Priebus said.
Senator McCain said he had seen Romney’s tax returns as part of a vetting and Romney did pay his taxes as described.
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