Romney Campaign Unable To Shake Democratic Attacks On Tax Records

Republicans are pushing back strongly against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) claims that Mitt Romney had failed to pay taxes for multiple years, but the controversy and Democratic pressure on the GOP candidate to release more of his tax records shows little sign of dying down.

One GOP strategist also warns that hitting back at Reid fails to damage Romney’s real opponent in the run up to the November election: President Obama.

“They're trying to fight back at Reid so it backfires on Obama. What makes Reid such a dangerous weapon is he doesn't care,” GOP strategist Ford O’Connell told The Hill. “Reid is putting Romney in a tough situation. When you're slapping back at Harry Reid it keeps the issue in the public eye. They're going to have to make a determination of how much longer they want to keep sticking to their guns.”

O’Connell, though, suggests a cautious approach for the Romney camp. 

“There may come a time when they do need to release those tax returns but they need to play this one out first,” he advised.

Romney has personally responded to Reid’s attacks, calling on the Senate majority leader to “put up or shut up” earlier in the week, and a number of people on both sides of the aisle have criticized Reid for his unverified accusations.

But the Nevada senator has also gleefully refused to back down, and shown he’s willing to take the heat in order to keep Romney’s taxes in the news.

Read more from Cameron Joseph at The Hill

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