WH Distances Itself From Harry Reid – Fails To Say He’s Wrong

In an effort to do damage control, and not a very good job of it, the White House has tried to distance itself from the remarks of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about Mitt Romney’s tax returns, without disavowing Reid’s comments. In a press conference on Monday it became quite clear that the White House was trying to dance its way around the issue.

It began when FOX News White House correspondent Ed Henry asked WH press secretary Jay Carney: “The charge is not that Mitt Romney paid less than a factory worker, or whatever, but it’s a bit more vicious than that from Harry Reid. He said he has an anonymous source telling him that [Romney] paid no taxes for something like 10 years. So the president has talked a lot about change in the tone of this town. Why hasn’t he picked up the phone to ask Harry Reid to stop making a charge like that?”

“I think the idea that people tell Harry Reid what to do is inconsistent with what everyone here understands to be [the case],” Carney responded.

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Then Carney attempted to point to some of the campaign attacks like the lower tax rate and his outsourcing jobs.

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But Henry would have none of that and said that was “not the charge. The charge is that he didn’t pay taxes for ten years. Does the White House believe that allegation?”

Carney then said, “Yeah, I would refer you to Senator Reid. I can’t — only Senator Reid knows his source, which he has discussed. And I would refer you to that.”

Henry pressed a bit further “Nancy Pelosi today said, ‘Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him it is a fact.’ Do you agree with that rationale?”

“I haven’t seen that statement,” Carney responded. “Again, I would refer you to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.”

Now folks right here one has to wonder. Carney has heard all kinds of things and are we to believe that he has not heard the rhetoric of Harry Reid over the past several days? I just don’t buy it.

“Harry Reid says he hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years and that’s just a fact?” Henry asked.

“I think the President is focused on, and you hear him say this every day, issues that matter to the American people,” Carney said.

When later asked by ABC’s Jon Karl if Barack Obama though that Harry Reid’s claim was “below the belt,” Carney said that Obama believe in full disclosure of tax documents when you are running for the presidency. Unfortunately he doesn’t believe the same thing about birth certificates, college transcripts or a multitude of other documentation. Also unfortunately we have not demanded more of our leaders.

“The issue here is one of transparency and, again, as the president sees it, in regards to his candidacy, one, it is an important tradition. It allows the American people to get a sense of the candidate’s background,” Carney said.

Carney then finished with what can only be described as a slap in the face to every hard working American. “You can talk to Senator Reid. I’m sure he’ll address this issue if you ask him. He certainly speaks for himself. The president is focused on the issues that matter most to the American people.”

No he is not. The American people are not concerned with more stimulus, funding Al-Qaeda in Syria, promoting homosexual marriage and granting special educational provisions for certain ethnic groups. We are interested in having a president that would simply obey the Constitution and defend our liberty. In Barack Obama we have found neither.

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