Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a “dirty liar” for accusing Mitt Romney of not paying his taxes for 10 years.
Reid (D-Nev.) made the claim in an interview last month, saying a Bain Capital investor had told him Romney “didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years.” Romney strongly denounced the accusation, saying last week it was false and that Reid needs to “put up or shut up.”
“As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen,” Priebus said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn’t filed a single page of tax returns himself, complains about people with money but lives in the Ritz Carlton here down the street.”
Priebus called Reid’s claim a “made-up issue” and said it was “ridiculous” to spend time talking about it.
“You say you’re not going to respond but you just called him a dirty liar,” host George Stephanopoulos said. “You stand by that, you think Harry Reid’s a dirty liar?”
“I just said it,” Priebus replied.
Priebus’ Democratic counterpart, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, also appeared on “This Week” but declined to criticize Reid over the issue.
“Everybody is responsible for saying the things that they have information on,” the Florida congresswoman said. “I know that this question is not just generated by Harry Reid. It’s been asked by countless reporters, by voters that want to know more about Mitt Romney’s finances. What is he hiding?”
Wasserman Schultz said Romney could clear the issue up “in 10 seconds” by releasing more of his tax returns.
“He could clear it up just like that, lickety-split, by releasing his tax returns, which every major candidate for president of the United States has done except for Mitt Romney,” she said.