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Harry Reid Continues to Hammer Mitt Romney Over Tax Returns

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) continued to bludgeon Mitt Romney over taxes after the Republican presidential nominee released his 2011 returns today.

Romney’s 2011 return shows that he paid an effective tax rate of 14.1 percent, but Reid seized on reports that Romney did not claim the maximum available charitable deduction – which would mean Romney paid more than he otherwise would have been legally required.

“The information released today reveals that Mitt Romney manipulated one of the only two years of tax returns he’s seen fit to show the American people – and then only to ‘conform’ with his public statements,” Reid charged. “That raises the question: What else in those returns has Romney manipulated?

“What we don’t know is why he refuses to be straight with the American people about the choices he’s made in his financial life. When will the American people see the returns he filed before he was running for president?” Reid asked.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) weighed in on behalf of Romney, saying that the issue surrounding his personal tax returns should be a settled matter.

“Mitt Romney has now released more than 1,200 pages of tax returns, giving voters an incredibly detailed look at his finances. Now that the most recent tax return has been released, it’s time to get back to discussing the issues that voters care about,” McCain said.

Reid has made claims about Romney’s tax returns for months. He said he has a source from Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, who alleged Romney had paid no taxes at all for a decade.

Reid has been widely criticized by Republicans for those statements, some of which came on the Senate floor without details or corroboration.

Reid’s most recent statement, combined with Romney’s tax return release today, prompted a local GOP official in Nevada to circulate a call for Reid to release his own tax returns.

“It is time for Sen. Reid to come clean and release his 2011 tax returns also, so that all Nevadans can see that he is paying his fair share,” said Dave Buell, the GOP chairman in Washoe County, Nev.

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