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MSNBC "The Ed Show" - Transcript


Location: Washington, DC


I`m joined tonight by Congressman John Garamendi of California. John, great to have you with us tonight. Appreciate your time, Congressman. I guess I should ask you, do you have a problem with what Senator Harry Reid has said as of late? What do you make of it?

REP. JOHN GARAMENDI (D), CALIFORNIA: Well, I think Harry Reid is on to it. What`s really, really important here is that we understand how Romney views tax policy. Those tax returns will tell us exactly how he views tax policy. We need to know that because after all, he wants to be president. He will sign tax bills. Are those the tax bills that will send jobs offshore? Hide money, avoid taxes, use every loophole possible? Or even increase those loopholes? It`s really important for the American public to understand what is in Romney`s heart and mind as it goes to taxes. The tax returns will tell us exactly that.

SCHULTZ: House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said this about Senator Reid to the "Huffington Post." She said, "Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him, it`s a fact."

I mean, why shouldn`t we believe Harry Reid? I mean, he has said it. Is it on the onus now of Mr. Governor Romney to prove that he has paid his taxes?

GARAMENDI: Well, absolutely the case. The issues before him is not Harry Reid that we`re talking about here. We`re talking about a man that wants to be the next president. Show us your taxes so that we can see how you look at tax policy. Are you all for reducing your taxes at every conceivable way even though you`re a multimillionaire?

That`s not good tax policy for America. We need to understand this man and those tax returns will tell us what is on his mind with regard to tax policy, which is the number one issue in this campaign. Tax policy.

SCHULTZ: And Congressman, 61 percent by PPP polling, 61 percent of dependent voters want to see the tax returns. Gallup numbers, 54 percent
of Americans want to see Romney returns. Is this something that the Democrats are going to ride all the way to the election?

GARAMENDI: Well, we certainly ought to ride it because this is about the guy that wants to be president. We need to know. Americans need to know what is it -- what is he all about? Where does he hide his money? We already know he has secret accounts in the Bahamas and in Switzerland.

What`s that all about? How much money is he really stashing away there?
How much in tax income is he avoiding?This is into the really heart and mind of a guy that wants to be president. Show us your stuff, Mr. Romney. Tell us about yourself so we can make a decision about --


GARAMENDI: -- who we want as president.

SCHULTZ: Congressman John Garamendi, great to have you with us tonight. Thanks so much.

GARAMENDI: Sure. Thank you.


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