The White House faced tough questions today after the revelation that Harry Reid apparently has no regrets over false claims he made about Mitt Romney back in 2012.

CNN’s Dana Bash recently asked the then-Senate majority leader if he regretted accusing Romney of not paying taxes, adding that “people have even called [the claim] McCarthyite.”

“Well, they can call it whatever they want,” Reid said. “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

James Rosen today asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about the interview.


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“I wonder if President Obama, who has lamented this incivility in our politics, this disrespect in our politics, has any view of Harry Reid telling Dana Bash […] ‘Well Romney didn’t get elected, did he?’”

Earnest said that Reid “obviously” will decide for himself what he says on the Senate floor.

“It’s the president’s choice and his spokesman’s choice to call out conduct unbecoming of our highest elected officials when it is in fact unbecoming,” Rosen said. “Are you going to take that opportunity now?

“Not for something that’s 3 years old,” Earnest said.

The remark was reminiscent of when Obama spokesperson Tommy Vietor was asked about Benghazi and answered, “Dude, this was like two years ago.”


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