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. Name willardbullock

    Obama offical suggest a possible felony

    July 12, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. nitro

    Why is John Boehner asking the president where the jobs are at? i thought the top 1% were the ones creating the jobs so ask them and justify all the tax cuts. or wasit just one big lie.

    July 12, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. tellin it like it is

    looks like reid is starting to worry about his future as senate majority leader. as well he should. he hasn't done anything for two years. and passed no budget in four years. the clown should be removed for violation of their own laws which require a budget be passed. the people of neveda played a dirty trick on the rest of the country by returning this useless old dolt to the senate. we need people in the senate that aren't there to play political games like this idiot.

    July 12, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. A. Goodwin

    Jobs – like the GOP cares about jobs. They only care about killing the Health Care Reform Act, and passing some more abortion bills.

    July 12, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Bill

    Interesting comments with the current cabinet members who didnt pay their taxes. Seems like some foolish comments from Harry Reid.

    July 12, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Cooper

    Reid is just an Obama puppet. no more and alot less. Sad comment from a sad tired old politician. America has brains and can think. Try running on the issues Obama.

    July 12, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. Senior Citizen

    John Boehner has spent way to much time in the sun. When all the Republicans can do is harp and try to revoke our Health Care (33 times so far to no avail) and what cost I'm afraid to guess and yet all they talk about is where are the jobs. If they would get off their fat you know what's and try to actually earn their money for a change maybe, just maybe they could put their heads together and actually come up with some ideas to put Americans back to work instead of just defeat Obama. I shutter to think what this country would be like now if McCain/Palin had been elected. Wink Wink

    July 12, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    Can we please just apologize to the Queen Mother and ask her to take us back. Maybe if we tell her it was a joke? Please, we do not have one person on either side of the aisle fit to be in leadership of this country. Or, maybe we could send those Congressional jobs overseas too. Bet they would do it for less, and probably do a better job.

    July 12, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  9. Frank in Valparaiso

    Who let the dogs out? Mitt. Mitt. Mitt. Mitt.
    Who let the dogs out? Mitt. Mitt. Mitt. Mitt.
    Who let the dogs out? Mitt. Mitt. Mitt. Mitt.

    Mitt has way too long to destroy his chances at getting elected. His phony job creator credentials are coming apart. This anchor baby better be building his car elevator in Mehico.

    July 12, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Chipster

    Republican leadership has loads of time to waste on pointless attempts to repeal healthcare, gay marriage, and abortion. They apparently have no interest in actually passing any meaningful jobs legislation. If they pass anything that the President will sign, it might just help him succeed and their #1 priority is to try to make him fail. So, the slip a "poison pill" into every bill they manage to send to the President. Oh, sure – it means the nation continues to go downhill but THEIR government healthcare program and pension plans are secure so what do they care? What a bunch of empty suits!

    July 12, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. Peter

    "Fact check"?

    Naw, we don't need no fact check.

    I just take all statements at face value.

    July 12, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Four and The Door

    Reid has every right to be afraid of Mitt Romney. The Senate will have a Republican majority in 2013.
    Right, and Michelle Bachmann will be president of Switzerland.

    July 12, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Chipster

    @tellin it like it is
    The Budget originates in the House. Reid isn't going to pass any lousy Budget that comes out of this sorry GOP Congress. Republicans insert idiotic legislation about abortion, gays, or some other stupid garbage that they know will be rejected. They've intentionally brought the process to a halt while Americans struggle and suffer. Throw them out of the Congress in November!

    July 12, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Cheney needs to just hurry up and die. Yeah, I said it. You know you were thinking it too, so live with it
    I can definitely live with it. Even rejoice in it.

    July 12, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Abdus Sattar

    This is simple. He wants to be the President of this country. He should show us his tax returns for the last 10 years at least. Even if he took advantages in the tax return because of tax loopholes, he should be honest, discuss about it and show to the American people. American people always appreciate the honesty and probably will pardon him.

    July 12, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Tom

    Willard Romney is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people. The republicans are a bunch of sheep, so they have their own wool.

    July 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  17. Strategic Bob

    Of course, Senator Reid's comment leads to this important question: If Romney could get confirmed as a dog catcher, how many more dogs would he be able to strap on top of a dog catcher's truck than he could strap to the top of a station wagon?

    July 12, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. teacheng

    This is ridiculous. I don't need to see everyone's tax returns – go ahead and cheat if you want to try it. But Romney wants to be President, and therefore he needs to cough them up.

    July 12, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. American

    Romney could choose to put an end to many questions if he would just release his tax returns as EVERY presidential candidate has done recently.

    What is Romney hiding? Offshore accounts? Foreign investments instead of America...? It's not right.

    July 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Alexandra

    Hey Harry, shut your mouth about Mitt Romney's taxes, you worthless obstructionist clown!

    Leave the libel and baseless slander to the thugs running Obama's campaign, and go back to sitting on your ass and doing absolutely nothing productive in the Senate. That's all you and your fellow Dems in Congress are good for!

    July 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Bill

    Looks like the Dems are getting pretty nervous about Romney. They've even dug up old "Dirty Harry" to try and sling some dirt. Someone refresh my memory-Has Harry ever held a job in the real world?

    July 12, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Debby

    Oh please what does Bain have to do with anything. Obama was absent more times then present in the Senate probably out golfing so at least Romney worked.

    July 12, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. the omni potent one

    Funny he didn't ask OB for 10 years of tax returns, college grades, a real birth certificate, or anything else. I wonder why de-hypocrates only want tax returns from republicans?

    July 12, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. GuyinVA

    Of course he wouldn't be confirmed. As is typical, out of sheer cowardice, the Senate wouldn't even VOTE on it.

    July 12, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. David in FL

    If Reid is that concerned (cough) then maybe he should amend the law to mandate 10 years. Except that might actually cause him to work, so pretty sure that's his last priority right now. As is, lets cut the BS folks, what do you desperately hope to learn from a Blind Trust managed fund, that the guys wealthy and has paid his taxes? Done. Now quit your petty envy and rise up to something that matters.

    July 12, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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