Mitt Romney: I Never Paid Less Than 13 Percent In Taxes
After choosing to not respond to the charges made by Harry Reid for about two weeks now, Mitt Romney directly addressed allegations by the Senate Majority Leader, so far unsupported by any independent evidence, Mitt Romney responded today by essentially staying that Reid is lying:
Mitt Romney said Thursday that he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in taxes every year.
“I never paid less than 13 percent,” Romney said at a press conference in Greer, S.C. “I think the most recent year is 13.6 percent.”
Romney said that after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused him of not having paid taxes, he went back and checked the rate he paid. Romney said that between taxes and charitable contributions, he gave up over 20 percent of his income annually.
“I just have to say given the challenges that America faces, 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear. … the fascination with taxes I pay, I find to be very small-minded compared with the challenges we face,” Romney said.
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People will believe or disbelieve this as they choose, of course, but basically we have a situation where either Harry Reid is lying, or Mitt Romney is. Given that I find Harry Reid’s story completely implausible, for the reasons I’ve discussed before, I’m putting my money on Harry being liar.