Harry Reid + Mitt Romney + taxes, again

October 4, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19, 2012. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Here we go again: Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) is goading Mitt Romney on taxes — this time pressing the Republican presidential candidate to release the details of his tax-cut plan.

Much of Wednesday night’s presidential debate focused on whether President Obama or Romney had a superior tax-cut plan and how the two candidates would reform the nation’s tax code. In the hours since the debate, Democrats have faulted Romney for once again declining to share specific details of his tax-cut plan.

In a statement Thursday, Reid said Romney “has been dishonest about his own taxes, but now he is being dishonest about your taxes. When he was asked to answer for his proposal to give huge breaks to millionaires and billionaires while raising taxes on middle-class Americans, Mitt Romney feigned ignorance and tried to disavow his own tax plan.”

Later, Reid — using customarily salty language — said that “instead of being honest with Americans about taxes and the deficit, Mitt Romney is peddling snake oil. He seems to think he is entitled to hide the details of his tax plan from the American people, just like he continues to hide his tax returns. But the truth is that Mitt Romney’s math just doesn’t add up without raising taxes on the middle class.”

Reid has spent much of the last few months attacking Romney for failing to release several years of his tax returns, suggesting in a July interview that Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years. Romney later angrily denied the charge and has since released his 2011 tax returns and a summary of his returns for the last two decades.

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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