Romney's Son Tweets Taunt to Reid: My Dad Pays His Taxes

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 09:39 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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It's been almost two years, but Mitt Romney's son Josh hasn't forgotten Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's insistence that his father doesn't pay his income taxes.

On Tuesday, or "Tax Day," the 2012 GOP presidential candidate's middle son tweeted a photo of his father standing in a long line of people at a post office to mail in his income tax forms.

The younger Romney taunted Reid in the tweet:



As of Wednesday morning, the post had been retweeted more than 2,000 times, and was called a "favorite" by over 1,500 users.

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Back in 2012, during the heated Romney-Barack Obama campaign, Reid claimed a Bain Capital investor told him that Romney hadn't paid any income taxes for 10 years.

"He didn't pay taxes for 10 years! Now, do I know that that's true? Well, I'm not certain," Reid said in an interview with the Huffington Post in July 2012, just a few months before the election. "But obviously he can't release those tax returns. How would it look?"

"Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann later claimed longtime Romney backer Jon Huntsman Sr., whose son Jon Huntsman Jr. also ran for president in 2012, was Reid's source, the Post reported. Huntsman has denied the book's claims.

Romney left Bain Capital in 1999, after serving as its CEO, and was roundly criticized by Obama and Democrats in 2012 for not releasing his income tax returns. He eventually released his returns from 2010 and 2011, but not the rest of them.

Romney said at the time that he has always paid all of the taxes he was required by law to pay, but releasing more tax returns would likely not quiet critics.

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