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August 7, 2012 - 7:09 am

Politifact examines Harry Reid’s charge that Mitt Romney didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years. To no one’s surprise (except perhaps Reid’s and Pelosi’s), the accusation doesn’t hold up against any form of scrutiny.

Reid has said Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. It was no slip of the tongue. He repeated the claim on at least two more occasions, at one point saying that “the word is out” when in fact it was only Reid who put that “word” out.

Reid has produced no evidence to back up his claim other than attribution to a shadowy anonymous source. Romney has denied the claim, and tax experts back him up, saying that the nature of Romney’s investments in Bain make it highly unlikely he would have been able to avoid paying taxes altogether — especially for 10 years.

Reid has made an extreme claim with nothing solid to back it up. Pants on Fire!

While Sen. Reid attends to the flames engulfing his breeches, he should also release his own tax returns. Just to clear the air about that serious and unfounded embezzlement charge. After all, it was a much younger Harry Reid who once said “Any man or woman who will not be completely candid about his or her finances does not deserve to be in public office.”

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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