Friday Lightning Round: Attacks on Romney's taxes
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
- Duration 6:30
- Date Aug 3, 2012
Panel sums up this week's hot topics
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The Romney tax accusations from the Democrats won with 33%.
Of -- -- Before we start our discussion let's have a little bit of the back and forth.
The words out that he hasn't paid any taxes for ten years.
But -- prove that he has paid taxes because he hasn't.
Harry Reid really has to put up or shut up all right so -- who are your sources.
But let's let's have Perry explained that is and by the way -- I understand what you're trying to do you're you're trying to deflect.
The fact that jobs numbers are bad.
We Ronnie didn't want to say in his statements today that it was patent also was wrong he's paid taxes and he said a a lot of taxes.
So Charles it is this just more pressure to get him to release those returns.
Yes it is -- when when the leader of the senate begins an accusation with the word is out.
It's beyond appalling it's disgusting which is who we're -- Israeli politics.
It is the worst kind of demagoguery when he makes an accusation without any.
Basis whatsoever divine source which he won't tell us about and then say you proven and deny it.
That's the lowest kind of politics -- of the reasons discussed things because it actually is effective.
He puts Romney on the defensive it's lose lose if you Romney because he's talking about taxes which is exactly what -- had intended.
In response to a baseless accusation.
It works well that's -- so bad.
The -- isn't as it.
In any way gain some sympathy points for Romney I would think so I was astonished.
When I saw that because this is potentially a powerful issue for the Democrats it's not gonna move a lot of votes but people are wondering why we only have one year we're gonna get another year there is a sense I think that there's something -- that he doesn't want people to see and be very surprised if -- was -- -- paid no taxes.
I suspect it was that he may be.
I suspect -- have that but it may be that he didn't pay as much in taxes because he's legally took advantage of some very very legal tax breaks or it may be that he was getting paid by game when he said he wasn't -- -- wave broke something that -- doesn't want people to know but I'm sure.
Can't imagine it was illegal or no taxes but to come and say you know word on the street is whenever.
Just make it's it's an overreach it looks reckless and it looks like you know rumor mongering and we've seen enough of this.
Franklin our profession and among some other people at a much lower level -- politics for the the majority leader -- on the floor of the senate and say something like that without backing it up I think actually undermines what could have been.
One of the democrats' most powerful weapons against Romney but it -- -- talking about a taxes -- we'll look.
I mean Harry Reid is a disgrace that you expect this from Harry Reid right and he does this kind of thing he's a politician that's what you expect from politicians.
The disappointing and coordinates to me is journalists.
Announced what to another network earlier today and I saw our panel I was I was every once in awhile everyone's allowing users my satellite was out -- couldn't get shots.
But I saw another network anchor ask a Romney supporter about this accusation saying Harry Reid is a really honorable man.
You should answer this and and by the way there's one -- to to settle this question that's for Mitt Romney put his tax that is exactly what this kind of a baseless.
Is going to bring about and he's having it's a question about -- -- trying to get.
It's automation of -- -- other topics Phillips who wanted the jobs numbers -- 163000.
Jobs added five to the unemployment rate ticked up as well.
Quickly -- your reaction eight point 3% now.
Flooding from the -- it to the extent that people are paying attention to this this specifically and at this time.
The rate doesn't help but I was struck by president Obama's comments today he he may give a speech he said.
What we really need to do it from modest raise of taxes for the top 2% and then a moment later he said.
By doing just this tiny increase in the top 2%.
We're gonna save a trillion dollars and we're gonna help resolve our debt issues I mean you can't make those arguments in important.
It's consecutive paragraphs.
Well and the White House and aces and did say hey we're talking about 29 months of consecutive private sector job growth -- positive center.
There are about what -- found -- traveling around the country is that people have an idea what the economy feels like and it's kind of set their minds I was in Ohio -- unemployment rate is lower than average and people are just really distraught I was in Nevada where the unemployment rate is -- astronomically high and people I would say the upbeat but they have more of kind of I don't of the seven what -- homestead -- attitude out there might be more of you know -- last three -- that there is not a slot machine -- people -- sort of are more ready to start over there.
I think because -- newer movies you know residents of the state.
So I think that the raid itself isn't necessarily determine and it's just how people feel about the economy that's usually pretty much set by Labor Day I think this year might be said earlier charles' sons and it's a topic -- The -- itself is not the key.
It's the rate of change and it's going in the wrong direction -- roads.
And that's what I think -- Obama and lead the chief economist of -- That this is the worst recovery.
Including during the and the Great Depression he said if you aren't scared and find that you don't know what's going on.
Pretty heavy as we use.
-- pleasant to have someone who's fluent in French on the panel as well he's not our final product the GSA and the at -- it's very nice very rolled off the time.
On the in the -- channel the fact that there may be now 77 additional events conferences that are going to be investigating Steve.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- It's it is an incredible story it -- the funny thing is I mean the big picture political impact this is you know when you're not actually talking about a ton of money.
-- all of -- big money but relative to our fifteen point seven trillion dollar.
That you're not talking about a lot of money -- talking last culture and the fact that they're so oblivious to how this looks to taxpayers is truly stork.
Check I couldn't agree more I -- sit and Steve it's just.
And -- is also gives a black -- sort of government workers in general which is unfortunate because I you know it's a lot of people Ortiz government work very hard to a great job.
And this is just appalling.
And it -- Democrats deserve it or not because Democrats have a party of government and everyone knows that you've got to cut spending.
But the Democrats speak about raising the taxes you you -- hear about this and you think they're barking up the wrong tree.
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