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02/03/2013 10:24 pm ET Updated Feb 03, 2013

Harry Reid: 'Mitt Romney Talked About' Closing Tax Loopholes, And 'I Agree With Him'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has had plenty of criticism for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but during an appearance on ABC's "This Week," the Democrat said he's found one Romney view he agrees with.

While calling for more revenue to solve the nation's budget issues, Reid noted that Romney and other Republicans have supported closing tax loopholes.

"We need to keep our eye on the prize and continue doing something about spending, but I think that what we need to do is do some of the things that Mitt Romney talked about," Reid said. "He said there's some low-hanging fruit; there are a lot of tax loopholes that should be closed. I agree with him. We haven't done that."

Despite Reid's claim, Romney and his 2012 running mate, Paul Ryan, faced criticism because they weren't always clear on which loopholes they'd close. HuffPost's Laura Bassett reported in September 2012:

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), stressed in interviews on Sunday that they would offset tax cuts for the wealthy by closing tax loopholes. But pressed on which loopholes they would close, both of them dodged the question.

"We think the secret to economic growth is lower tax rates for families and successful small businesses by plugging loopholes," Ryan told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week." "Now the question is not necessarily what loopholes go, but who gets them. High income earners use most of the loopholes. That means they can shelter their income from taxation."

President Barack Obama echoed Reid's claims during a live interview before Super Bowl XLVII, saying the U.S can reduce its budget deficit by closing tax loopholes and making "smart" reductions in spending.

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