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article imageMitt Romney challenges Reid to 'put up or shut up' on taxes

By Larry Clifton     Aug 3, 2012 in Politics
Washington - Sen. Harry Reid claims Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in ten years. Now, Reid, who hasn't passed a U.S. budget for more than three years, has been challenged by Romney to "put up or shut up."
Sen. Harry Reid has remained silent about his inability to pass a federal budget, the most fundamental task required of the U.S. Senate he controls, but he is double-down sure Mitt Romney didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.
How does he know? Somebody told him. Who? He can’t say, according to a Fox News report.
"Harry’s going to have to describe who it is he spoke with, because, of course, that is totally and completely wrong," Romney is quoted in the Fox report.
It seems the ball is in Sen. Reid’s court. He publically made the allegations and then went to the Senate floor to double-down on his source-less remarks. Many, including Romney, say it’s time for Reid to produce evidence and sources for his very public charges.
For his part Reid simply says someone told him so, but won't say who. Romney says the White House likely gave him the talking points.
President Obama and his supporters have spent tens of millions on attack ads focused on Romney only releasing two years of tax documents thus far in his campaign. It is common for a presidential candidate to release two years but rare for a congressional candidate to do so.
However, the only information Reid gave behind his allegations is that an investor in Romney's former venture capital firm, Bain Capital told him so.
"I'm not certain" it's true, said Reid. Reid did not explain how an anonymous investor would have access to Romney’s IRS returns. Since Mr. Reid went to such lengths to make his allegations but can’t reveal his “source,” let alone produce any evidence that his claim is true, some say he appears politically inept and his baseless allegations actually help Romney.
During the popular Sean Hannity radio show, Thursday, Romney challenged the Senator from Nevada to "put up or shut up" since he is the one who aired the allegations.
"So, I’m looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources, and we will probably find out it’s the White House," said Romney.
Reid took his remarks to the level of insult last week by involving Romney's late father who also ran for president, according to Fox News.
"His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son," Reid told the Huffington Post.
Meanwhile, much of the country waits for Harry Reid to produce evidence that supports his charges. To not do so could cause the Democratic Party’s tax attack against Romney to fizzle.
To that end, Reid has gone silent, except to say there will be no budget produced by the U.S. Senate he controls for yet another year.
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