Power Players

What do Hooters, a closed steel mill, and taxes have in common?

Amy Walter
Power Players

Politically Foul

It was the most politically foul week yet. Harry Reid hits below the belt. The Obama and Romney campaigns call each other names. Sen. Bill Nelson calls his opponent a tax cheatin,' road ragin', Hooters promotin' slacker.

And, winning the award for the most flagrant foul, a TV ad by a Democratic group which insinuated that Romney was responsible for the death of a man's wife.

It all started with a below-the-belt punch by former amateur boxer -- and current Senate Majority Leader -- Harry Reid, hitting presidential hopeful Mitt Romney in his political crown jewels.

"The word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for ten years," Reid said. "Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't."

So, how does the chairman of the Republican party respond to this low blow? Does he turn the other cheek? Rise above the fray? Not so much.

"As far as Harry Reid is concerned, I'm not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn't filed a single page of tax returns himself," Reince Priebus said on ABC's 'This Week'.

But surely the presidential candidates themselves are above engaging in these kind of schoolyard taunts.

"He'd ask the middle class to pay more in taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year," President Obama said at a Connecticut fundraiser.

"It's like Robin Hood in reverse. It's 'Romney Hood.' "

"We have been watching the president say a lot of things about me and my policies -- and they're just not right," countered Romney. "And if I were to coin a term, it would be 'Obamaloney.' "

Check out this week's Politically Foul for the latest school yard taunts on the political playground.

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