There is no truth to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) claim that GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years, according to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun set to air on Tuesday evening, McCain said that his 2008 presidential campaign staff — who vetted Romney as a potential running mate — did not find that he avoided paying taxes. Although he didn’t personally see Romney’s tax returns, McCain said he was “absolutely confident” Romney paid taxes.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accused Reid of lying about Romney’s taxes because he wanted to “interject himself in the presidential campaign.”
Reid told the Huffington Post that someone who had invested in Bain Capital, a company founded by Romney, had informed him that the GOP candidate “didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.”
The Republican candidate has released his tax returns for 2010 and vowed release his 2011 tax returns when they are ready, but has refused to release more. His 2010 tax return showed that hides his wealth in offshore tax havens in Switzerland and in the Cayman Islands.
Despite being pummeled by Republicans for his allegations, Reid has stood by the claim.
“As I said before, I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for ten years,” he said in a statement earlier this month. “People who make as much money as Mitt Romney have many tricks at their disposal to avoid paying taxes.”
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[H/T: Mackenzie Weinger]