For the first time on Thursday, Mitt Romney addressed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claim that Romney spent a decade not paying taxes, denying the charge and telling Fox News' Sean Hannity that it was time for the majority leader reveal the source of his information.
"Well, it's time for Harry to put up or shut up. Harry's going to have to describe who it is he spoke with because of course, that's totally and completely wrong," Romney told Hannity in a radio interview. "It's untrue, dishonest, and inaccurate. It's wrong. So I'm looking forward to have Harry reveal his sources and we'll probably find out it's the White House. Look, the Obama campaign is going to do everything in its power to try and talk about anything besides the president's record."
The problem with this is that the only person who can really put up or shut up is Romney. He says "of course" he paid taxes like it's a fact in the public record, but it's not. Right now, it's Reid's word against Romney's. Either Reid can produce someone who said they once heard Romney didn't pay taxes for a decade or Romney can produce conclusive proof that he did or did not pay taxes for a decade. Romney simply can't act like someone who's done nothing wrong when he's hiding his records from public scrutiny, and he doesn't have the moral high ground to feign outrage like this. If this becomes part of the Romney repertoire, it will backfire in a big way.