The lengths they'll go to distract American voters from the problems in this country that really matter sees no end:
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) turned heads this week by suggesting that Mitt Romney is withholding his tax returns because he didn’t pay taxes over a 10-year stretch.RELATED: Calling BS on Reid's Bain tax claims
In doing so, Reid burnished his reputation for lobbing occasional stinging insults — and seized on a Democratic attack line that seems to be resonating with voters.
Reid said Tuesday in an interview with the Huffington Post that he had learned of Romney’s tax history from “a person who had invested with Bain Capital.” But when pressed, he declined to identify the investor or cite any proof for his allegation.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson declined to share more information about the investor, saying in an e-mail that “I have no information beyond what he said. If Mitt Romney is upset with Senator Reid’s remarks, there’s a simple way for him to clear up the matter: release his tax returns.”
The Romney campaign did not respond to requests for comment; it has previously denied rumors that the Republican presidential challenger hasn’t paid taxes in any given year. Romney himself has said that releasing more than two years of his tax returns would only provide fodder for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
But recent polls suggest that voters expect presidential candidates to be more forthcoming about their taxes: Just over half of voters in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania think candidates should “publicly release several years of tax returns,” according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University, the New York Times and CBS News. And a USA Today-Gallup poll published last month found that a majority of Americans — and almost a third of Republicans — think Romney should release more tax information.