In an interview today with Rock Center's Natalie Morales, Ann Romney reiterated that she and her husband will never release those tax returns.
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Natalie Morales: Why not be transparent? Why not release more than the 2010, or the estimates for 2011?
Ann Romney (leans forward): Have you seen how we've been attacked? Have you seen what's happened?
Morales: It's been in the press quite a bit. Now are you angry that it's been in the press? I mean, should you not be questioned about your finances?
Ann Romney: We have been very transparent to what's legally required of us. But the more release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed. (Points finger at journalist for emphasis) We have done what's legally required, and there's going to be no more, no more tax releases given, and there's a reason for that, and that's because of how . . . what happens as soon as we release anything.
Mitt's financial disclosures when he was governor are huge! If people want to really look and see - any question they have. The other thing they have to understand is that Mitt is honest, his integrity is just golden. We pay our taxes, we are absolutely . . . beyond paying our taxes we also give 10% of our income to charity, so we have no issues that way.
The only reason we don't disclose anymore is, you know, we just become a bigger target.
Morales: So it's because you'll face more questions?
Ann Romney: It'll just give them more ammunition.
Morales: To the American people, though, when they hear about perhaps, accounts with your name on it overseas in tax shelters, they feel like you may be hiding something.
(Ann squirms, crosses legs rather defensively)
Ann Romney: There's nothing we're hiding. You know, we've had a blind trust for how many years? We don't even know what's in there. It's been managed by a blind trust since before Mitt was governor. 2002 - forward. And so, you know - I'll be curious to see what's in there, too. (smiles)
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@karoli ...and drug testing and sometimes fingerprinting
Where the hell was Ann Romney giving that interview in which she refused to release their taxes? Versailles? Nice optics.— roadkillrefugee (@rkref) August 16, 2012
ann romney is one tax return interview away from a wire hanger moment— mike fogelsanger (@whisper1111) August 16, 2012
Ann Romney doesn't look all that sympathetic. She looks angry and points her finger while saying, "We have been very transparent to what's legally required of us, but the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed." . . . When she remembered how long their money had been in a blind trust, she looked a little annoyed. ~ Elspeth Reeve on AtlanticWire I'll make it easy for you, Ann,in language your CEO husband can understand: This is a job interview. The American people are the employers. You want to be the employee. Polls say we the employer, would like to see more tax returns. If you don't hand them over, this job interview is over. Got it? ~ comment by Peter Kwong on Atlanticwire I'm thinking she's getting PR help from the ghost of Marie Antoinette. ~ comment by elhondo on Atlanticwire From "An Open Letter to Ann Romney on Momocrats Blog Sarah Jones on PoliticusUSA
Ann Romney looked nervous during her interview with Natalie Morales. You know, as if she were lying. Through her teeth.— Paul West (@movieguypaul) August 16, 2012