Obama campaign says Romney can't be taken at his word on taxes


Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 16 at 6:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama campaign spokesman is calling on Mitt Romney to "prove it."

The campaign is reacting to Romney's statement today that he has never paid less than 13 percent of his income in taxes during the past decade. The spokeswoman says Romney "has forefeited the right to have us take him just at his word."

Romney is still declining to release his returns from before 2010. He has released his 2010 tax return and says he will release his return for 2011 before the November election.

He told reporters in South Carolina today that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid's suggest that Romney may have paid no taxes in some years is "totally false."

Reid, citing an anonymous source, has charged that Romney didn't want to release any more returns because the Republican had paid no taxes in some years.

The White House isn't commenting on Romney's tax rate. A spokesman says President Barack Obama believes it's a "useful and valuable" tradition for candidates to put forward multiple years of tax returns -- though it's "not always comfortable" for them to do so.

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