Press Secretary Jay Carney refused to weigh in on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's hotly-disputed remarks that Mitt Romney hasn't paid taxes in 10 years -- saying the president hasn't expressed an opinion about Reid's assertion.
"I would simply say that you all probably know Senator Reid well, and, you know, he speaks for himself," Carney said, adding that the "broader question" is about presidential candidates releasing "multiple years" of their tax returns.
"It's not always every candidate's favorite part of the process, but it's a tradition that's important, it's valuable to the American people as they decide who should be president," Carney said. Romney has refused to release more than 2 years of returns; the Obama campaign and Democrats have been pressing for more and Reid took to the Senate floor Thursday to proclaim, "The word’s out that he (Romney) hasn’t paid any taxes for 10 years."
Republican National Committee chair Reince Preibus called Reid a "dirty liar" for the allegation.