CNN’s Candy Crowley discussed Harry Reid’s wild accusations that Mitt Romney is a tax cheat with White House advisor Robert Gibbs on Sunday, implying during the interview that the president’s re-election campaign is behind the attacks.
Reid has been maintaining that Romney has not paid taxes in ten years in an apparent effort to get presidential candidate to release his tax returns, even claiming, “Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn’t,” on the Senate floor.
“If Chicago wanted Reid to stop, he would stop, but Chicago doesn’t want him [to stop],” Crowley asserted.
But Gibbs maintained that he doesn’t think “anybody has control of Harry Reid.”
Watch the entire interview, below:
The two quarreled over whether Romney has done anything wrong in the past, until Gibbs claimed: “Mitt Romney could go to Kinkos, he could photocopy his tax returns…he could hand them out to reporters all over the country, and you know what? We wouldn’t talk about this tomorrow.”
Republicans have suggested that that’s not necessarily the case, and more likely, Democrats are looking to use the tax returns as a weapon against Romney.
Ann Coulter, for instance, wrote: “Democrats aren’t going to find any personal dirt on the clean-cut Mormon, so they need complicated tax filings going back decades in order to create the illusion of scandal out of boring financial records.”
Seemingly validating this theory, Robert Gibbs added: “The whole world would know exactly what loopholes [Mitt Romney] is taking advantage of…”
Candy Crowley concluded: “So…Chicago’s not going to tell Harry Reid to stop.”