Harry Reid Says Investor Told Him that Mitt Romney Hasn’t Paid Taxes in 10 Years
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) has made a very damning claim against presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Reid says that a Bain Capital investor told him that Romney didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years. Reid explains that this is likely the reason that Romney refuses to release his tax returns to the public.
“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said. Reid was referring to the decision of George Romney, Mitt’s father, to release 12 years of tax returns when he ran for president in the 1960s.
Reid said that he didn’t hold Mitt’s wealth against him, but clearly took issue with his decision to avoid taxes.
“Harry, he didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years,” Reid said, repeating the words a Bain Capital investor shared with him in private.
“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?
“You guys have said his wealth is $250 million,” Reid said. “Not a chance in the world. It’s a lot more than that. I mean, you do pretty well if you don’t pay taxes for 10 years when you’re making millions and millions of dollars.”
The comments by Reid are shocking, given that he typically doesn’t make such powerful public statements. Reid would not reveal who the investor was that gave him the “information.” He also made sure to say that he didn’t know if the information was accurate. The speculation is likely an attempt to bait Romney into proving him wrong. Andrea Saul, Romney’s press secretary, has claimed that such rumors simply aren’t true.
Other Democrats are piling on Romney as well. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said that the chances of Romney being a “tax avoider” are high, since he’s behaving in such an evasive fashion. During an interview on ABC News in 2010, Romney said that he couldn’t remember if there was any year during which he paid less than the 13.9 percent he paid in 2010. He said that he’d be “happy to go back and look,” and then failed to do so.
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