August 7th, 2012
09:26 AM ET
10 years ago

Reid's Romney tax claims put GOP in a bind

Washington (CNN) - Republican sources say they're in a Catch-22 situation on how to reply to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claims that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney went 10 years without paying taxes.

They understand that they're taking Reid's bait and that responding to his unsubstantiated claims against Romney to keeps alive the issue of Romney's refusing to release his tax returns.


Filed under: 2012 • Harry Reid • Mitt Romney
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Ray E. (Georgia)

    I have an un-named really creditable souce that the odds are 2 to 5 in Vegas that Harry is going to be on the next Rocket to Mars. Either that or he is actually going to bring up the Budget on the Senate Floor.

    August 7, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. anthony76

    There is only one way to proof both Reid is either lying or telling the truth, and that Romney does/doesnt have anything to hide.

    Release the taxes. The longer he waits, the more crooked he looks.
    SOmething tells me this will be the final nail in the coffin.

    August 7, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Myviewis

    I don't see why Republicans would waste their time on this Reid gimmick. I say Reid turn over your source which most likely was Axelrod who lied just to stir trouble for Romney because Obama's campaign is desperate. Seriously, what person would have accessibility to Romney's taxes!!!!

    August 7, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. mk1

    There is a really really simple way to end this, release the tax returns. This could not be simpler. Not doing so only adds to the speculation that Romney has something to hide, which personally, I believe he does. I don't trust him, not one little bit.

    August 7, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Stuffit

    Not really, all Romney has to do is say he will release his tax returns if Obozo release his Columbia school info. Then we would see who legally is fit to be president of the country. Obozo trying to pull another fast one.

    August 7, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Nick

    Why is CNN carrying Obama's water? Your slant tells all there is to know about CNN's motivation in this years election cycle. In the three years since Obama has been president there have been far fewer stories about Obama's "BIG SECRET". I mean his years at Columbia, Occidental and Harvard and why his records have been sealed than there have been about Romney's failure to release more tax records than is required by law in the past 3 weeks. What's up with the bias. At least make some attempt to hise it.

    August 7, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Dr. Fricke

    If the Obama campaign (via their lap dog Reid) are willing to use base lies – they must be worried. I'm confident that Romney paid his taxes, because if he hadn't – he would already be serving in the Obama cabinet with the rest of the tax-dodgers.

    August 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    Sen. Reid showed how an intelligent politician uses the floor of the Senate for political gain. He has definitely kept the conservation of mitts' taxes alive.

    Repugs often make outrageous claims on the floor of the House or Senate, for none but political purposes.

    An example is the claim often made by mcconnel and bonehead, and many others (including a certain prez-wannabe ), that the Stimulus was a total failure. It doesn't take a business genius (or a certain prez-wannabe claiming to be one ), to look at charts of GDP, jobs growth data, or stock market growth, that has happened since President Obama took office, and see the awesome effects of the Stimulus. For the one and a half years, until repugs put the brakes on.

    And to the conservative writers, why don't you include examples in with your 'claims' (aka: lies).

    August 7, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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