Mitt Romney fired back at Harry Reid's so-far unsupported claims that Romney had paid no federal income taxes for 10 years, saying that it's time for the Senate Democratic leader to "put up or shut up."
Reid, speaking on the Senate floor earlier Thursday, claimed that "the word's out that he [Romney] hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years," an assertion he's made since last month without offering proof.
Romney said it is time Reid does so, while flatly denying the charge.
"Harry's going to have to describe who it is that he spoke with, because of course that’s totally and completely wrong. It’s untrue, dishonest and inaccurate. It’s wrong. So I’m looking forward to having Harry reveal his sources, and we’ll probably find out it’s the White House," Romney said in an afternoon interview with conservative radio host Sean Hannity.
Arguing that Reid should "put up or shut up" quickly invited a response from Democrats, who have long been clamoring for Romney to release additional years of his tax records.
In the interview, Romney also rebutted what he said was President Obama's "dishonest characterization" of his tax plan. A new Obama campaign television spot claims Romney would raise taxes on the middle class families to pay for "another tax break for millionaires."
Romney countered that he supports a proposal similar to one offered by the president's own deficit commission, which would lower all rates across the board.
"My plan does not reduce the share of taxes paid by wealthy people. That's one of the first principles of my plan, which his that high-income people will continue to pay the same share of taxes that they pay today," he said. "If anyone’s going to get a break, a tax break, it's going to be middle-income Americans. They're the people who deserve it."
Obama, who called his GOP rival's tax plan "trickle-down fairy dust" at a campaign stop in Florida Thursday, will keep talking taxes Friday, in an official capacity.
He's due to hold an event at the White House calling on Congress "to stop holding the middle-class tax cuts hostage." It's scheduled to take place hours after the release of the monthly jobs report.