Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to disparage Mitt Romney‘s remarks from the now-infamous “47 percent” video — and further use Romney’s words against him in a renewed attack about his unreleased tax returns.
In the video, Romney, speaking about the “47 percent” who are “dependent upon government” and thus guaranteed to support the president’s reelection, Romney also went on to say, “These are the people who pay no income tax.”
“The 47 percent are ordinary, hardworking Americans who deserve respect, especially from a man who wants to be their president,” Reid said, also arguing that they’re not avoiding tax obligations by turning to “Cayman Islands tax shelters or Swiss bank accounts.”
“For all we know, Mitt Romney could be one of those who have paid no federal income tax,” he posited.
“Thousands of families making more than $1 million pay nothing in federal income taxes each year,” Reid said, later asking, “Is Mitt Romney among those?”
Answering his own question, he said, “We’ll never know, since he refuses to release tax returns from the years before he was running for president.”
Reid previously claimed that an investor at Bain Capital told him Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years — an allegation that immediately made him a subject of controversy.
Reid’s statement below:
(H/T Washington Post)
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