The White House today clearly sided with Senate Majority Harry Reid in the dispute over Reid’s contention that Romney paid no taxes for ten years, refusing to condemn Reid for the unsubstantiated charge and calling on Romney to respond to Reid by releasing his returns.
“This issue could be resolved now” if Romney released his returns, Carney said. “The process of running for president is not always pleasant . . . This whole thing cold be resolved in a minute.”
Reid has widely been condemned, including by the mainstream press, for his failure to back up his charges beyond citing what he says is a “credible source.”
Romney has released one year of taxes, for 2010, and has put out an estimate for 2011 and vowed to rmake available last year’s return in full once it is complete.
Carney Monday said the White House was not involved in prompting Reid to make the charge, saying the senator speaks for himself.