Published October 07, 2012
Late night TV host David Letterman called Mitt Romney a "felon" and suggested he does not pay income tax -- despite the Republican presidential nominee recently releasing IRS documents showing he paid nearly $2 million just in 2011.
Letterman, host of CBS’ “Late Show,” made the comment Friday night when telling the audience about a recent poll on what Americans would most like to see.
Letterman said that 6 percent of Americans wanted to see Romney’s tax returns.
"Yeah, we want to get a look at those tax returns because I believe we will discover that the man has not paid a nickel in United States federal income tax," Letterman said. "That’s right, we have a felon running for president."
Letterman’s comment was similar to one made this summer by Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutters.
Cutter suggested in July that if Romney misrepresented on federal documents when he left his company Bain Capital, that would be a “felony.”
In July, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., citing an anonymous source, accused Romney of not paying any taxes for 10 years. Reid has not revealed where he got his information.
Meanwhile, a letter from Price Waterhouse Coopers states that Romney paid an average of 20 percent in taxes every year from 1999 to 2009. His 2011 taxes were mostly paid on investment income.