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Republicans say Harry Reid was lying in statement about Mitt Romney's taxes

On Sunday morning news programs GOP leaders said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was lying in a statement he made claiming Mitt Romney hadn't paid his taxes in ten years. Democrats say Romney should release more tax information.


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to reporters in the Capitol in Washington in April 2007. Reid made a statement last week accusing Mitt Romney of not having paid taxes in ten years. GOP leaders have since criticized him.

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Leading Republicans on Sunday accused the Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of lying by passing along an anonymous claim that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes for ten years.

Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus called Reid a "dirty liar." Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, "I think he's lying about his statement of knowing something about Romney" and he contended Reid was "making things up to divert the campaign away from the real issues."

Reid's spokesman, Adam Jentleson, contended that Republicans were trying to cover up for Romney and the aide repeated the Nevada senator's claims that the source about Romney's taxes is "credible." Other Democrats said Romney could clear up any confusion about his taxes by disclosing them to the public, and the issue was a main talking point on the Sunday news shows.

Reid said last week he had learned of the claim about Romney's taxes from an investor in Romney's former firm, Bain Capital. But the lawmaker hasn't offered any evidence to back it up and even has said he's not sure it's true.

Romney, who has disclosed that he's worth as much as $250 million, has said Reid's claim isn't not true and that he's paid "a lot of taxes."


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