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

    What the hell does everyone have against dog catchers?

    July 12, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Wake up people

    This is one old man that I like. Robmey isn't qualified for anything except maybe owning a flip flop factory. Show us the original taxes Robmey. And fact check needs to be shut down. It's obvious, they aren't fact checking ish. Just trying to get the cult leader Jim Jones aka Mittens elected.

    OBAMA 2012!
    President of all the people!

    July 12, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Innkahoots

    The President has been telling you where the jobs are Mr. Speaker, CEO's like Mitt "Milk Toast" Robme sent them all over seas. As far as his tax returns, If he's got nothing to hide then whats the harm. Unless?

    July 12, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. lisaspups

    To Dave's comment about the POTUS eating dog. You are comparing a six year old child that was transplanted to a third world subsistence culture with his mother and new stepfather and given dogmeat to eat to a grown, wealthy man in the US who put the family pet on top of a car and drove across country and still insists that the dog enjoyed it - don't mind the crap running down the side of the car, right? This is not hypocrisy. It is idiocy.

    July 12, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Larry carter

    If this is true then Harry Reid. could not get confirmed assistant Dog Catcher. ,!!

    July 12, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. Internet Child

    Fact checked by the Washington Post? May as well have said by the Obama administration.

    July 12, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. scott

    This from a senile old fool, that belongs in a retirement hospital. Reid has no creditability with anyone

    July 12, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. Out Of Touch with reality

    real truthful talk from one of the biggset cheats, liers and crooks in the obama administration, to bad reid isnt in iraq, we know what they do with thieves like him there.

    July 12, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. anagram_kid

    B wrote – only the liberal base care about his tax returns. its really futile. the rest of america love rich people and aspire to be like them.
    Generalization is not the best foundation for an argument. I am a liberal and have nothing against the wealthy. However I firmly believe that it makes economic sense to focus on having more ‘demand creators’ than ‘job creators’. I care about his tax returns because I want to see if he invested in US companies or foreign companies and off shore accounts. I don’t envy his wealth, and I also I don’t think that understanding the economics of venture capitalism is the same as understanding the economy.

    July 12, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Dixie Normous

    But it's ok for you right-wing filth to call the President a monkey, or Hitler, or the anti-Christ? You radical extremist fundamentalist right-wingers are so ignorant, it's an insult to classify you as human, that's why I always call you and your ilk sub-humans. Until you evolve and are ready to rejoin society in a constructive manner, that's all you are, meaningless, self-loathing sub-humans.
    spoken like a true "angry black man," thereby having no credibility what-so-ever.

    July 12, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. dyslexic dog

    people, people ... all this vitriol.

    All of this is just noise. The choice is simple.

    8 years of republican policy left this country in economic free-fall. In 3 years, despite all the obstruction, the President has brought us back a long way. In 4 more years he could have us back to prosperity.

    Anyone who thinks we could have completely recovered from the disaster the republicans left us with in this short a time is a fool or a FOX News watcher ... and I think those are one and the same anyway.

    Why would any sane american want us to go back to Republican policy which demonstrably does not work?

    July 12, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Pres. Obama has several years of tax returns on the public record. How many does Mitt Romney have? It was Mitt's dad who started the tradition by releasing 12 years worth of returns. When asked why release so many, his answer was enlightening and will spell Mitt's doom. "Because a single year could be a fluke, dressed up to appear good and legitimate." ...or something to that effect. You get the idea.

    July 12, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    @Dave – Puppy dogs are considered a delicacy in parts of Asia. Eaten by the elite.

    July 12, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Anders Perillo

    Dems keep throwing anything they can think of at the wall vis-a-vis Romney, but guess what? NOTHING's sticking and you look like what you are. Fools.

    July 12, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Gurgyl

    Mitt=Bain-Capital. This tells all and everything.

    July 12, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine


    Again Reid opens mouth and out come crap as always.

    The only job this clown has ever had is the one we pay him for and held accountable for all the out of control him and his party has done he wouldn't have a job. I can't even think this guy would ever have a performance review except for the stupid people who elected him in the first place.

    You keep yelling for tax returns how about you and your clowns just do your jobs and stop giving away my hard earned tax dollars so you can keep the 42% of the people who doesn't pay any taxes voting for you without them you would never be elected.

    Every time I see you and Nancy you guys make me sick (pass the bill then we will read it) why do you think this country is in such bad shape don't forget your party controlled both houses from 2007 – 2010 when all the out of control spending and budget requests were voted down until your walk on water Obama became President.

    All of you guys make me sick and this is a perfect example of why we should have term limits and no retirement unless you use a 401K like the rest of us have to.
    Once again, it was the Blessed St Ronnie Reagan who came up with the idea of having the very poor pay no federal taxes, since it would pump money directly into the economy. The remaining people who are not paying taxes on income are retirees, who are taxed at a reduced rate. Your complaints about supporting this vast number of free loaders is not supported by an understanding of who pays taxes and why. most of the alterations to the tax code, the ones that have plunged us into debt, are GOP ideas.

    July 12, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. DJ

    This is why I have become an independent I am so tired of the political name calling.

    July 12, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. Paul Ernest Show

    There are serious character elements with Mitt Romney, America should not ignore. His is so disposed to flip and flop and comes across as dishonest, disconnected and simply behind time. He does not inspire but stirs fear of the future.

    July 12, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Democrat = Liars

    Well then, senator Land "crooked" Deals Reid is a disgrace to the Senate...

    July 12, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. nolimits3333

    Why won't Romney release his tax returns?

    What is he hiding?

    July 12, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. frank

    slime ball reid has no room to say anything about anyone else.

    reid's sorry butt has been one of the guys in-charge and making the decisions that has lead America to the low point it's in today.

    July 12, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. cj90210

    What does Romney have to hide re. taxes? Why doesn't he release several years of his tax returns just like every other candidate for president has before him? Or is he God so therefore exempt?

    July 12, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. masango

    Why are Democrats failing to ask the very question to GOP: Where are the jobs considering the Bush tax cuts and all the zillions being flashed for supporting an already filthy rich mint Mitt? President Obama called on Congress to pass the jobs bill but all we see being passed by the house are attempts after attempts to repeal a law that has not even become fully functional. Is this modern day politics? I'm outa here.

    July 12, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. Proud to be a Democrat

    I'll admit that Obama didn't show his birth certificate at first, but he still did and people are still calling him a liar and unAmerican. However, when we ask Romeny for simple tax returns everyone wants to kick up a fuss about how we should mind our business. How immature.

    July 12, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    Reid has every right to be afraid of Mitt Romney. The Senate will have a Republican majority in 2013.

    July 12, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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