Despite increasing calls for Mitt Romney to release his tax returns, on Thursday morning, his wife Ann Romney reasserted the candidate’s stubborn refusal by saying they had already “given all you people need to know.”
“He’s a very generous person,” she told ABC’s Robin Roberts of Mitt Romney. “We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person who is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary in the four years.”
“We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life,” she said.
Romney also repeated her husband’s justification for not releasing more information. Doing so would only give opponents “more material for attack,” she said.
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The fact that the Romney’s give 10% of their income to their church is as much a testament to Romney being a capitalist as a philanthropist. The Mormon Church has billions of dollars in corporate holdings, all tax-free and all funded by tax-free donations. It’s sometimes speculated that his reluctance to release his tax returns is because it’s highly possible that he only gives to his church and not to other not for profit agencies, which would potentially cause the media to start asking questions about the church.
Others have speculated that perhaps Romney is vastly wealthier than his $250 million in claimed wealth. Another theory is that in the years prior to 2010, his money was completely sheltered from taxes.
Regardless, Ann Romney’s and the campaign’s attitude strikes a note of smugness and entitlement, not qualities that typically attract voters.