White House Won’t Back Harry Reid’s Claims On Romney
The White House isn’t letting itself get drawn into the controversy surrounding the allegations that Harry Reid is making regarding Mitt Romney’s taxes:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today deflected questions about whether the White House would back Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s allegations about Mitt Romney’s tax obligations.
Speaking to reporters, Carney refused to answer questions about the Nevada Democrat’s repeated contention that an unnamed source connected to Bain Capital told the Majority Leader that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has not paid taxes in 10 years. Reid has refused to reveal his source and his claim is unsubstantiated, but he has said Romney can disprove his allegations by releasing multiple years of tax returns.
“I’m not aware of the White House speaking to Sen. Reid about this issue,” Carney said. “You all probably know Sen. Reid well, and you know he speaks for himself.”
Pressed if the White House believed in the accuracy of the information from Reid’s alleged source, Carney deferred to Reid, noting that he has a long track record of not taking orders from others.
“I would refer you to Sen. Reid.” Carney said. “Only Sen. Reid knows his source.”
Of course, the White House doesn’t need to sign on with Reid here. They can just continue letting him make his baseless and unsupported allegations and reap the benefits without getting their own hands bloody. Whether there really coordination between Reid and the campaign I don’t know, but I sure as heck wouldn’t be surprised if there was.