Ann Romney: ‘No more tax releases’ but ‘there’s nothing we’re hiding’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:01 EDT
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Ann Romney speaks to NBC News
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Ann Romney, the wife of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, recently said that there will be “no more tax releases given” by the wealthy couple, but she also insisted that “there’s nothing we’re hiding.”

During an interview that’s scheduled to air on Thursday, NBC’s Natalie Morales noted that people were still calling for the Romneys to release more than two years of tax returns.

“Have you seen how we’re attacked?” Ann Romney said, leaning forward in her chair. “Have you seen what’s happened?”

“Are you angry that it’s been in the press?” Morales wondered. “I mean, should you not be questioned about your finances?”

“We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us,” Ann Romney replied. “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.”

“To the American people, though, when they hear about perhaps accounts with your name on it overseas and tax shelters, they feel like you may be hiding something,” Morales pointed out.

“There’s nothing we’re hiding,” Romney explained. “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 blind trust since before Mitt was governor, you know, 2002 forward. And so, you know, I’ll be curious to see what’s in there too.”

Over the course of the summer, President Barack Obama’s campaign has successfully attacked Mitt Romney by connecting him to American jobs that Bain Capital allegedly helped send overseas. It has also hammered him for not releasing more than two years of tax returns and having offshore investments and tax shelters in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland.

After the Romney campaign made the decision to release two years of returns in January, Ann Romney told a crowd of supporters in Miami that “unfortunately” everyone now knows how “successful in business” her husband had been.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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