Romney: ‘I never paid less than 13 percent’ in taxes
Mitt Romney said Thursday he's never paid less than a 13-percent tax rate over the last 10 years and blasted Democratic critics, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, for suggesting he's paid no taxes.
"I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces—23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty—the fascination with taxes I've paid I find to be very small-minded compared to the broad issues that we face," Romney told reporters at a last-minute press availability in Greer, S.C., where he's fundraising today. "But I did go back and look at my taxes, and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent. I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that. So I paid taxes every single year."
Adding in his contributions to charity, Romney said, bumped up his tax rate to "well above 20 percent."
Romney called Reid's charge that he paid no taxes "totally false."
"I'm sure waiting for Harry to put up who it was that told him what he says they told him," Romney said. "I don't believe it for a minute, by the way."http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/romney-never-paid-less-13-percent-taxes-163940529.html