Senator Reid Accuses Romney of Not Paying Taxes
Senator Harry Reid gave an unsubstantiated accusation towards Mitt Romney. This has not surprised political observers as the Democratic leader of the Senate once called the Republican presidential candidate kind of a joke.
Reid has been publicly contemptuous of Romney, who is a Mormon like him. In 2008, he said that Romney would have been a tremendous drag on the Republican ticket. Just last year, he said that Romney doesn’t stand for anything. He said that Romney could not be confirmed as a cabinet secretary or even as a dogcatcher.
In his latest attack towards Romney, he cited unverified source who claims that Romney hasn’t paid taxes for a decade. Romney and his Republican colleagues condemned the remarks made by the Senate Majority leader.
The exchange between the two men is just the latest display of the Democratic strategy to focus on Romney’s wealth and offshore accounts as the party’s leaders try to disqualify him in the eyes of the middle class voters. Romney refused to release more than two years of his tax returns, which prompted Obama’s campaign to place sarcastic TV ads.
The Democratic strategy can only succeed if they can keep the pressure on Romney. Reid didn’t provide any evidence to back up his claims. He stated that Romney’s message to voters is that he wouldn’t release his taxes but he wants to raise yours.
Romney accused Reid of trying to take the focus out of the job’s report released last Friday, which stated that unemployment rate increased to 8.3 percent. He believed that Reid was working with Obama’s White House to derail his candidacy.
Romney and Reid both belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reid has stated that he doesn’t know Romney personally. The attacks don’t appear to be driven by some sort of private history between the two.