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FACT CHECK: Harry Reid At DNC Convention

- September 5, 2012

“Harry Reid has once again shown that he is completely detached from reality. Senator Reid’s comments tonight are absolutely false and are another attempt to distract from President Obama’s abysmal economic record.” – Ryan Williams, Romney Campaign Spokesman

Despite His Reckless And False Attacks, Harry Reid Has Refused To Release Any Of His Own Tax Returns:

Reid Has Repeatedly Declined To Release His Own Tax Returns.  “Yet a McClatchy report published Thursday found that only a tiny percentage of congressional lawmakers were willing to apply the same standard to themselves. Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) were among the Democrats who declined to release their returns.”  (Mike Lillis, “Pelosi: I’ll Release My Tax Returns When I Run For President,” The Hill, 7/19/12)

Reid Has “Deflected Questions” About His Own Tax Returns. “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid again deflected questions Monday about releasing his tax returns, even as he continued to pound the demand for Mitt Romney to make more of his own public. Instead, Reid pointed to the financial disclosure forms he files as a member of Congress, which provide different information.” (Darren Goode And Jonathan Allen, “Harry Reid Not Releasing His Own Tax Returns,” Politico, 8/6/12)

Senator Reid Has A Long History Of Making “Unsubstantiated Charges”:

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “In The Democrat's First Bid For The U.S. Senate, Reid Threw Out All Sorts Of Unsubstantiated Charges…” “In the Democrat's first bid for the U.S. Senate, Reid threw out all sorts of unsubstantiated charges against Paul Laxalt, the former Republican governor of Nevada who went on to defeat Reid by 611 votes in a recount. Laxalt turned 90 years old last week, an elder statesman who might be Reid's polar opposite in temperament.” (Laura Myers, “Reid Has History Of Making Dubious Charges,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/6/12)

The Truth? Mitt Romney Pays An Effective Tax Rate Higher Than Most Americans:

“But, Even So, Romney Still Pays An Effective Tax Rate That Is Higher Than The Tax Rate Paid By Most Americans.” (Glenn Kessler, “Obama’s Misleading Tweet On Romney’s Taxes,” The Washington Post, 7/9/12)


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