Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who just announced he’s not running for re-election, dropped another bombshell in an interview on national TV, admitting to the host that he lied about Mitt Romney’s taxes during President Obama’s campaign.
At the height of Romeny’s run against Obama in 2012, Reid, then the Senate majority leader, charged the governor had no paid his taxes, even while admitting he had no proof of the claim.
The longtime senator told the Huffington Post that a Bain Capital investor had told him personally Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade.
“He didn’t pay taxes for 10 years,” Reid said then. “Now do I know that that’s true? Well, I’m not certain, but obviously he can’t release those tax returns. How would it look?”
After making the statement, Reid then took to the Senate floor.
“As we know, [Romney] has refused to release his tax returns,” Reid said. “If a person coming before this body wanted to be a cabinet officer, he couldn’t be if he had the same refusal Mitt Romney does about tax returns. So the word is out that he has not paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove he has paid taxes, because he has not.”
In an interview with CNN this week, Reid was asked about his “McCarthyite” claims about Romney and refused to admit wrongdoing.
“Well, they can call it whatever they want,” he said. “Romney didn’t win, did he?”
Reid also said he has no regrets about any of his actions or statements during his Senate service, including his many attacks on the Koch brothers.