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Harry Reid: Romney-Ryan would leave people stranded in storms

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused Mitt Romney of “hypocrisy” for visiting victims of Hurricane Isaac, saying that Romney would ignore them if elected president.

“It is the height of hypocrisy for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to make a pretense of showing sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Isaac when their policies would leave those affected by this disaster stranded and on their own,” Reid said yesterday in a statement, per The Huffington Post.

President Obama announced –  after Romney announced his visit to Louisiana — that he would schedule a trip to storm-affected areas, but Reid did not accuse him of faking his display of sympathy for flood and storm victims.

The Nevada senator has already accused Romney of lying about paying his taxes, saying that he has an anonymous source who knows Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years. Reid doesn’t think he should have to provide evidence for this accusation.

“I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid told reporters when pressed to substantiate his claim. “The burden should be on [Romney]. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes.”

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus called Reid a “dirty liar” in response. “The only reason I said dirty liar was because I was on national TV and I couldn’t say what I was really thinking,” Priebus told the Las Vegas Sun’s Jon Ralston in an interview this week.

‘I’m here to learn and obviously to draw some attention to what’s going on here,’ Romney said during his visit to Louisiana yesterday.

The White House indicated that Romney had a valid reason for making the trip. ” I think that it’s always important to draw attention to the fact that individuals and families and business owners are profoundly affected by storms like Isaac, and that’s an important thing to do,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

 

 

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