Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Manipulated One of Only Two Tax Returns He Has Released

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Harry Reid: Mitt Romney Manipulated One of Only Two Tax Returns He Has Released  (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling Mitt Romney out again, accusing him of manipulating his tax returns and those tax summaries he released today. Um, even Republican strategist Alex Castellanos was shocked about the summaries instead of tax returns. Romney released his 2011 tax return but released summaries for the other years, except for 2010, which he had already released. Yeah, he’s hiding something alright. Tax amnesty? Harry Reid isn’t satisfied, though his claims that Romney hadn’t paid taxes for a number of years was unsubstantiated, from Talking Points Memo:

“The information released today reveals that Mitt Romney manipulated one of the only two years of tax returns he’s seen fit to show the American people – and then only to ‘conform’ with his public statements. That raises the question: what else in those returns has Romney manipulated? We already know Romney has money in tax havens in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. What we don’t know is why he refuses to be straight with the American people about the choices he’s made in his financial life. When will the American people see the returns he filed before he was running for president? Governor Romney is showing us what he does when the public is looking. The true test of his character would be to show what he did when everyone was not looking at his taxes.

“It’s also galling to see the creative accounting Mitt Romney applied to his own tax returns only days after learning of his insulting comments that seniors, soldiers and hard-working parents don’t pay enough taxes. Once again, we see Mitt Romney is out of touch with middle class families, who don’t have the luxury of accounting wizards and foreign tax shelters. It’s obvious he believes in two sets of rules: one for him, and one for the middle class. He says he wants to be president for only half the people but he acts like he only cares for the top two percent. Despite the fiscal cliff looming in just over three months, Mitt Romney refuses to explain the details of his tax policy. Will the policies he proposes benefit all Americans, or only multi-millionaires like him?”

Here’s Alex Castellanos, a Republican strategist, and former adviser for Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign:

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