Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claimed on the Senate floor that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes in 10 years. He went so far as to allege that an unnamed Bain Capital investor gave him this information. Today on Fox and Friends, Karl Rove noted that since Reid made the claims on the Senate floor, he has a constitutional protection against libel. He said that Reid should repeat the charges off the Senate floor without the protection of being a member of Congress.

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Rove listed a website that anyone can visit to see the last 10 years of Mitt Romney’s

financial records including how much he paid in taxes. Frustrated with the tactics of the Obama campaign, Rove said, “For the majority leader of the Senate of the United States to go out and say this is a sign of both the desperation of the Democrats and more important than that, the complete lack of character, the slimeball nature of the Senate majority leader. And Harry Reid ought to be disgusted and embarrassed and ashamed because he shamed the great institution that he claims to lead.”

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Rove said that President Obama is held responsible for the quality of his campaign even if he’s not the one verbalizing these accusations. He continued, “I not only don’t see the president disavowing it, I see his closest political adviser joining in this shameful activity. So the president hurts himself by this. What happened to all those promises of elevating politics, of being a president of red states and blue states? This is personal, this is shameful, this is despicable, this is Chicago-style thugs.”