U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has rejected an accusation made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that presumptive Republican Party presidential nominee Mitt Romney has not paid any taxes in 10 years.
Romney has said he will not release his tax returns beyond his 2010 and 2011 filings, leading to speculation about what earlier files might reveal about the Republican presidential candidate with a net worth of $200 million.
"When it comes to answering the legitimate questions the American people have about whether he avoided paying his fair share in taxes or why he opened a Swiss bank account, Romney has shut up. But as a presidential candidate, it's his obligation to put up and release several years' worth of tax returns, just like nominees of both parties have done for decades," Reid said in a statement, defending the accusation against Romney.
Graham questioned the legitimacy of Reid's source and described the accusation as a distraction from the "real issues" in the presidential campaign.
"I just cannot believe that the majority leader of the United States Senate would take the floor twice, make accusations that are absolutely unfounded, in my view, and quite frankly making things up to divert the real campaign away from the real issues," he said on CNN.