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WH Won’t Condemn Harry Reid for Defending Romney Tax Claim

Wednesday at the White House press briefing, press secretary Josh Earnest refused Fox News Channel correspondent James Rosen’s attempts to get the administration to condemn Minority Leader Harry Reid (R-NV) for defending his election attacks on then presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

On the Senate floor in 2012, Reid claimed that Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years.

In an interview this week, when CNN’s Dana Bash asked Reid if he had any regrets about that remark, Reid said, “Well, they can call it whatever they want. Um…Romney didn’t win, did he?”

When Rosen, who noted this week President Barack Obama called on everyone to elevate their political discourse at a memorial for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), asked if he would condemn the remarks and Reid’s defense this week of those remarks,  Earnest declined because he said the comments were “three years old.”

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