The PJ Tatler

Reid: Speaking of 47 or 50 Percent, Romney Might Be One of Them

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) rounded up the percentage of dependent Obama voters cited by Mitt Romney in slamming the GOP presidential candidate’s secretly recorded speech to donors.

“You all know better than I that just a few days ago we learned of Romney’s insulting comments during a closed door meeting with some wealthy people down in Boca Raton, Florida. And his comments dealt with 50 percent of the American people,” Reid told reporters after a closed policy luncheon. “I’m rounding it off by 0.3 of a percent. By 3 points, I mean. I’m sorry.”

Reid says he has “different ways of describing” Romney’s comments, “but disappointment is certainly one part of my vocabulary about Governor Romney. Remember, he’s running for president of the United States, not a percentage of the states.”

“He refers to these people as victims. These victims are not avoiding their tax bills using Cayman Islands tax shelters or Swiss bank accounts. These victims don’t have Bain Capital retirement’s fund or inherited stock to fall back on,” he said.

The majority leader also resurrected his accusations about Romney and his taxes.

“This half of America are ordinary hard-working Americans who deserve respect, especially from a man who wants to be their president. And for all we know, Mitt Romney could be one of those who have paid no federal income tax,” Reid said. “But since he refused to release his returns, except for the one year after he decided to run for president, we’ll never know.”

When asked how long the Senate will stay in session before breaking for the campaign recess, Reid said, “We’re going to be here as long as the Republicans force us to be here.”