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Harry Reid doubles down: A number of people have told me Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade

By Doug Powers  •  August 2, 2012 02:32 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Earlier in the week, Harry Reid said an unnamed Bain investor told him Mitt Romney went ten years without paying any taxes. That one person has now become “a number of people”:

On Wednesday, Reid stuck to his story, and broadened it.

“I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. “I have had a number of people tell me that.”

Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me.”

“I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”

A Romney spokesman said Reid’s charge was baseless and below the belt.

Wow, those Bain guys must have sat around the break room passing around their tax returns like classroom handouts and then faxed them to investors. Everybody’s seen Romney’s taxes except Harry!

Reid’s obviously only trying to goad Romney, but the way he’s doing it is backfiring on him badly.

Reid addressed this topic on the House floor today because he had some free time due to not working on passing a budget for the past three years — plus his team in the cowboy poetry fantasy league has a bye week. The money quote: “Word is out that he [Romney] hasn’t paid any taxes for ten years.” Maybe Reid should find the person who initially put that word out so he can assess its veracity. Wait, nevermind:

“Word is out” on a lot of things about Harry Reid too, but that doesn’t necessarily make them true, does it? … Does it? Reid owes the country an explanation.

Tomorrow I’m expecting Reid to triple down by claiming his best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Romney avoid paying his fair share at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.

**Written by Doug Powers

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