Reid: Romney couldn't be confirmed as dog catcher
July 12th, 2012
02:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Reid: Romney couldn't be confirmed as dog catcher

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Mitt Romney Thursday in personal and biting terms, so to speak, telling reporters the presumed Republican presidential nominee could not be confirmed as "dog catcher" by the Senate.

A day earlier, Reid said on the Senate floor that Romney "couldn't get approved" as a Cabinet officer, because "he won't show anybody his income tax returns."

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"If he doesn't qualify to be a Cabinet officer, how could he qualify to be President?" Reid asked Wednesday.

Thursday, he took it a step further.

"He not only couldn't be confirmed as a cabinet secretary, he couldn't be confirmed as dog catcher. As a dog catcher, you'd at least want to get a look at his tax returns," said Reid with a look of disgust on his face.

The Democratic leader didn't leave it there. He also attacked Romney for a Boston Globe report Thursday that Romney left Bain Capital 3 years after he said he did. The Romney campaign disputes the report, and backs them up, saying they don't see evidence Romney stayed at Bain longer than he said he did.

That didn't stop Reid.

"He said he left Bain to go to the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and stop any association with Bain, and his SEC filings indicated that he was Chief Executive Officer, sole stock holder and ran the corporation for at least three more years," Reid said of Romney.

Reid wasn't the only congressional leader to dive more deeply into presidential politics Thursday.

Across the Capitol, less than an hour earlier, House Speaker John Boehner tore into President Obama over the issue of outsourcing.

"Americans are not only asking the question 'Where are the jobs?,' I think they have a right to know where the hell the Obama administration shipped their tax dollars overseas during a recession here at home. I think the President owes every American an explanation," said Boehner.

Republicans have been attacking the president this week by saying stimulus dollars ended up paying for jobs overseas.

But again, a fact check by the Washington Post showed there is little evidence companies that received federal money used it to pay workers overseas.

–CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • Mitt Romney
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Expat American

    America knows how Romney deals with dogs.

    July 12, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Brainiac

    Mitt will never pass a real vetting. In the fine tradition of his party, folks of his caliber should never have to prove things.

    July 12, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. scmom

    New republican mantra "I know you are but what am I?" Special place in hell for all the lies that have been told. Give that crap a rest about President Obama's jobs where are yours you traitors to the American people.

    July 12, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Another White Lie

    Harry could'nt get elected without corruption and fraud in the election process in Nevada

    July 12, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Speaker Boehner is saying the same thing he was saying in 2010, "Where are the jobs? Elect Republicans." Well, America elected Republicans and nothing has changed except the time and date. One thing has changed, though. The GOTP has managed to get the Bush Tax Cuts extended for the "job creators". Someone needs to tell them to get to work and create some jobs.

    July 12, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Ben

    Romney just thinks that the free market will solve all of our problems. You know... Like all those fancy credit default swaps or whatever they were, created by the free market to enrich bank execs, that crashed the economy and caused the longest recession in a couple of decades... If only the government would get out of the way, the free market would solve that problem.

    Right. What a load of ******.

    July 12, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Gene

    Well, some may want to see Romney's tax returns, but there's no law requiring their disclosure. This is just more Democratic "wag the dog" diversion.

    July 12, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    The saboteurs a/k/a republicans are getting desperate and it won't be long before Boehner and his pack are sent back to the bars and streets where they belong.

    Where are the tax returns Willard?

    July 12, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Birther-loop?

    Okay, I'm lost.. why does this sound like everybody I've heard say "Obama couldn't be a soldier, he wouldn't disclose his birth certificate, and wouldn't pass the background check"... guess neither would Robmey

    July 12, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. kate

    Wake up people, Romney is hiding lots of things! Why won't he show 12 years of tax returns! Keep hounding him DNC! We still have to listen to the birther b.s. Keep the drum beating loud until he comes forth like a good American! His loyalty to this country is so minimal you cant's see it. He does speak French beautifully though.

    July 12, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It really makes you wonder what this guy was doing... What sectors are really going to benefit from reductions in regulations? Those that get the wealthy more wealthy and don't protect the general public.

    July 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    Mitt Robme is not at all worth. He hires cheap labor fron India and china, ships jobs to china., phyllipenes and India etc, GOP is a cult. True.

    July 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Ojay

    It was about time for some democrats to take a stand.
    All was left for the president.

    July 12, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. RealityBites

    So says the man that has been busy enriching himself while putting America in a $16 Trillion hole.

    July 12, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Well, some may want to see Romney's tax returns, but there's no law requiring their disclosure. This is just more Democratic "wag the dog" diversion."

    So what? Nobody's saying he's doing anything illegal by not disclosing them. Fact is, every presidential candidate int he last 50+ years has disclosed numerous years of tax returns because it's a massive shwo of good faith to the American public, it's the right thing to do, it shows that they have nothing to hide, that they live their lives on the level, etc. Nobody cares about whether the LAW requires Mittens to do it. Good faith and a sense of honor and decency and forthrightness in running his campaign...THOSE things dictate that he do it and his failure to exhibit those character traits are what people are criticizing him for. YOU and Mittens are the ones engaged in deflection by trying to make this about what is legally required.

    July 12, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Woman In California


    Well, some may want to see Romney's tax returns, but there's no law requiring their disclosure. This is just more Democratic "wag the dog" diversion.

    or Republican "stall and hide" diversion.

    July 12, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Dave

    At least Romney doesn't eat dog like our current commander and chief. The hypocrisy is amazing!

    July 12, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Reggiedw

    This old man needs to be put in his place. He must be the dog for Romney to be his dog catcher. See its okay for him to talk that way about Romney but if a republican had said the same thing about Obama all hell would break loose. This man respects nobody and I think its really time for him to retire. He is doing absolutely nothing in the Senate. He is a waste of taxpayers money. Get rid of him...time to vote him out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 12, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. MarineVet

    I hope Mitt never shows his tax returns. The unknown will hurt him more than full disclosure.

    July 12, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. gg

    for 31/2 years the republicans have been telling there followers -do not hand out jobs till we get rid of the black guy,we dont care how much the middle class suffers.they voted for him and need to be taught a lesson

    July 12, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. S.K.

    In response to EXPAT AMERICAN regarding "we know how Romney deals with dogs" Well at least he didn't admit to eating one like Obama has.

    July 12, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |

    The Ron Paulbots will end this charade in Neb this weekend,thank God.

    July 12, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. Myviewis

    So if I don't write a comment that favors Obama and Democrats my comment won't be posted. One sided? Nothing new, anything to help Obama.

    July 12, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. realitychecks

    He may have to have a little cosmetic work done on those returns...give him a minute,hes got people for that.

    July 12, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    Gene wrote – Well, some may want to see Romney's tax returns, but there's no law requiring their disclosure. This is just more Democratic "wag the dog" diversion.
    And I would argue that this is just a partisan excuse on your part. Gov. Romney has stated that we cannot raise taxes on the ultra rich as they are the job creators via hiring and investments. He has also said that he knows how to create jobs. Well I know how to create jobs too. I also know how to jump out of an airplane, remove an appendix and become a UFC fighting champion. My point is that there is a difference between knowing how to do something and actually doing it. I want to see his tax returns to prove that he has actually created jobs by investing in US companies.

    July 12, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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