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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham had harsh words for Barack Obama and Harry Reid this morning, attacking the President’s tax plan and accusing the Senate Majority Leader of “making things up” about Mitt Romney‘s tax returns. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, Graham said that it would be “stupid” for Congress to pass Obama’s plan to eliminate the Bush-era tax cuts on those making more than $250,000 a year, suggesting that the plan is primarily a political strategy aimed at keeping the focus on Romney’s wealth.
“I’m not going to do a short-term thing that’s stupid,” Graham told CNN host Candy Crowley. “It would be stupid in an economy this weak to raise tax rates on a million small businesses at a time they can’t hire people now. If you’re looking for a job, this election is not about Romney’s tax returns. It’s about your tax returns. Look how many millions of people are underemployed or have lost their jobs. The last thing I’m going to do is play politics with their future.”
Later, as Crowley wrapped up the interview, Graham took it upon himself to take on Reid, who has claimed that Romney’s tax returns would reveal that the Republican presidential candidate did not paid taxes for 10 years, an accusation that Republicans have dismissed as baseless and inaccurate.
“You didn’t ask me about Harry Reid,” Graham noted. “I’ve been around this town for a while. I actually like Harry. But what he did on the floor of the Senate is so out of bounds. I think he’s lying about his statement of knowing something about Romney.”
“I think he has created an issue here,” he added. “I think he’s making things up. And at a time when the country is just about to fall apart….And I just can’t let that pass. 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 campaign away from the real issues.”
Watch the interview below, courtesy of CNN:
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