Ann Romney: Mitt is ‘used to passing up’ $30 million job offers
Ann Romney says that her husband is “used to” passing up multi-million job offers and that the “poor guy” didn’t even get paid for running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
During an interview on Friday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade noted that the former Massachusetts governor had gotten a job offer for $30 million a year after he lost the presidential nomination to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008.
“How hard was the decision not to do that?” Kilmeade wondered.
“Well, we’re used to kind of passing offers up like that,” Ann Romney explained. “For us, our life is not about making money. We’ve been very blessed financially. Our life is now about giving back.”
“I always trust that Mitt can always make another dollar,” she added. “Poor guy, he took no pay when he did the Olympics for three years and no pay when he was governor for four years.”
Earlier this year, Ann Romney told Fox News that even though she is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, she didn’t consider herself to be wealthy.
“You know, we can be poor in spirit,” she said. “I don’t look — I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing. It can be here today and gone tomorrow. And how I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people that I care about in my life. And that’s where my values are and that where my riches are.”
The couple reportedly has a net worth of $250 million, but Ann Romney has repeatedly complained about having to release her tax returns as a part of her husband’s campaign for the Republican nomination.
“You all know that he’s been successful in business,” she told a crowd in Miami earlier this year. “Unfortunately that was made abundantly clear yesterday when our tax forms were released.”
The candidate’s wife insisted to ABC’s Robin Roberts in July that she and her husband had “given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life”
And during an interview with NBC earlier this month, Ann Romney confirmed that there would be “no more tax releases given” by the wealthy couple, but she also insisted that “there’s nothing we’re hiding.”
“We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us,” she told NBC’s Natalie Morales. “But the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed. And so, we have done what’s legally required. And there’s going to be no more tax releases given.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Aug. 31, 2012.
(h/t: Think Progress)