On August 13th, John McCain was interviewed on the Nevada program “Face to Face” by reporter Jon Ralston. Naturally, the topic of Romney’s tax returns was brought up. McCain went on to explain the he, himself, did not go through all the tax returns, but rather his staff did.
“I think [Reid] is wrong. I did not examine every one of those tax returns. I had a team — we vetted a whole bunch of people, I didn’t go through every one,” McCain said, and he goes on, “Nothing in these tax returns showed that he did not pay taxes.”
However, at the one-minute mark, McCain says the following:
“I am absolutely confident that he did not pay taxes. I mean that he did pay, excuse me, that he did pay taxes.”
Excuse me??? Is this just an accidental slip of the tongue? Or a Freudian slip? Check it out for yourself. Again, at the one-minute mark is the slip.
I also found this interesting that the few sites I found that covered this interview said NOTHING about this slip. The Las Vegas Sun published a short two-paragraph post about how “McCain rebuts Reid on Romney, says ‘nothing in his tax returns shows he did not pay taxes.’” On the CBS News Political Hotsheet site, their headline is, “McCain: Reid is wrong about Romney’s tax returns.” Again, not even one mumble about the slip. Same report from The Hill.
So what’s up with this? In all seriousness, I would have thought the media would be all over this like flies on honey, or the other saying, “flies on sh**.” Personally, I thing this was an honest slip of McCains tongue, however…. he slipped because he knows something else about Romney’s tax returns that would completely destroy his run for President.
Speaking of Romney’s tax returns, I started reviewing 2010 last night – but there are hundreds of pages, so this will take me a while. But I found it interesting that the blind trust that is set up in Ann’s name is nearly ten times the amount that is in Mitt’s blind trust. Was this done to further Mitt’s claim of innocence? Typically, though not an absolute, but typically when a husband is the sole wage-earner of a household, and has made millions of dollars – when you see the husband put a significant amount of money into his wife’s name, it is often to hide something, or evade taxes. Naturally, I’m purely speculating here, but I find this highly unusual. I don’t expect to find much more than this in year 2010 forms simply because Romney wouldn’t have released them if there was something damning in them. Oh, but hey… they did get a refund of $1.6 million in 2010. Nice….
I wish Reid would disclose his source…. I have a difficult time believing Harry Reid would completely make this up. I mean, it’s not as if Reid is telling how Mitt stiffs the waiter or bellboy.
Veracity Stew: John McCain: Mitt Romney ‘Absolutely Did Not Pay Taxes’
The Hill: McCain: Romney paid his taxes
CBS News: McCain: Reid is wrong about Romney’s tax returns
Las Vegas Sun: McCain rebuts Reid on Romney, says “nothing in his tax returns shows he did not pay taxes”
Mitt Romney’s website: Romney’s 2010 Tax Returns