The following is from Fox News:
Mitt Romney gave his most expansive answer yet over questions about his tax returns, telling reporters Thursday he has “never paid less than 13 percent” in taxes over the last 10 years — contrary to what Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has claimed.
“I did go back and look at my taxes,” Romney said during a news conference at a South Carolina airport. “And over the past 10 years, I never paid less than 13 percent. I think the most recent year is 13.6 (percent) or something like that.”
The response follows months of calls for him to release his returns, including from some top Republicans. However, he has declined to make them public, saying it could give his opponents “more ammunition” against him.
Romney had some choice words Thursday for Reid, calling the accusation by him that Romney didn’t pay taxes for a decade “totally false.”
“I’m sure waiting for Harry to put up who it was that told him what he says they told him,” Romney challenged. “I don’t believe it for a minute, by the way.”
Reid has not released any proof of his claim beyond saying he heard it from an anonymous source. Romney also scolded the press for their “fascination” with the issue, “given the challenges that America faces” — high unemployment, millions in poverty and a potentially nuclear Iran.