Anderson Cooper asked John McCain about Harry Reid’s allegation that a Bain Capital source told him that Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes for 10 years. Remember McCain saw 20-22 years worth of Romney’s returns in 2008 and chose Sarah Palin as his running mate. In answering Cooper, McCain never calls Reid a liar or says the allegation is false — McCain’s complaint seems to be that Reid has offered no proof:
McCain: First of all I’ve, I’ve know Sen. Reid for many, many years and occasionally he displays some rather erratic behavior. Uh… to accuse someone of doing something without a shred of proof that… the… the allegation has any substance… is really something I frankly don’t understand. I hope that Harry will, that Sen. Reid will correct that and say — unless he’s willing to come forward with the evidence that he has, that… that is the case that Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years — uh… really… uh… this… uh… we’re… uh… not playing bean bag and uh… thi… things… politics are tough and I enjoy the give and take but uh… I think Harry might have gone over the line here.
We’re not playing ‘bean bag‘? So what’s your read on McCain’s extra careful, measured, hemming and hawing, tiptoeing, walking on eggshells, sort of non-response response?