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Reid vs. Romney: should the Senator wage this battle of the tax returns?

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event with Republican Governors at Basalt Public High School on August 2, 2012 in Basalt, Colorado. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The discussion over presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s refusal to release his tax returns heated up after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused Romney of not paying any taxes for the past ten years. After receiving criticism for his initial remarks, Reid stood by his words by making the accusation official on the Senate floor.

Reid claims the source of his information is an anonymous but credible Bain Capital investor. In addition, Reid issued a written statement citing Romney’s “secret, overseas accounts” saying, “It’s clear Romney is hiding something, and the American people deserve to know what it is.”

Romney responded during an interview with Sean Hannity saying Reid needs to “put up or shut up,” because the allegations are “untrue, dishonest, and inaccurate.” It seems clear Reid isn’t backing down, but should he? Why would he risk the political backlash to put pressure on Romney?


Niels Lesniewski, Staff Writer, Roll Call, a Washington DC publication covering Capitol Hill

Darry A. Sragow, Attorney and long-time democratic strategist

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