Senate Majority Harry Reid made waves when he claimed a source connected to Bain Capital informed him it is likely Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for several years while at Bain. We don’t know if this is true. There is probably no legal way even for Reid to prove it since Mitt Romney refuses to release more tax returns.
The attack though has clearly gotten under Romney’s skin because it is the type of claim that is believable. Romney, a man who took most of his income at the lower capital gains rate and uses numerous offshore accounts, likely did pay a shockingly low tax rate for several years.
While defending himself Romney demanded Reid provide proof to back up his claims, but the irony is lost on him. From the Huffington Post:
“Well, it’s time for Harry to put up or shut up. Harry’s going to have to describe who it is he spoke with because of course, that’s totally and completely wrong,” Romney told Hannity in a radio interview. “It’s untrue, dishonest, and inaccurate. It’s wrong. So I’m looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we’ll probably find out it’s the White House. Look, the Obama campaign is going to do everything in its power to try and talk about anything besides the president’s record. Home prices, median American incomes, gasoline prices, 23 million underemployed or unemployed.
The simple fact is that Romney has made claims about his tax returns that he refuses to provide proof for. The position of the Romney campaign is that the everyone should simply trust what Romney says about his taxes even though Romney won’t verify them by releasing his returns. Now that Reid is the one making claims about Romney’s tax returns, though, Romney ironically claims it is totally unacceptable for someone to make statements unless they are willing to provide the proof to back them up.
In the same interview Romney attacks Reid for not being willing to “put up” proof to back up his claims, Romney makes his own counterclaims that Reid is not telling the truth, while he himself is still refusing to “put up” the simple piece of proof that would show if Reid is wrong.
I wonder how long it will be before Reid will respond by saying if Romney is going to call him a liar, Romney needs to “put up or shut up” by releasing his returns to prove Reid is wrong.