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Ann Romney: Releasing more on finances would be 'dangerous'

Posted July 19, 2012

— Mitt Romney's wife is reinforcing her husband's refusal to make public more of his of tax returns, saying they've put out all that's necessary about the family's finances.

"We've released a year. We're going to release another year," Ann Romney told WRAL News on a campaign stop for her husband in Greensboro Thursday. "That will be two years. We think it's very representative of our tax situation."

That response is one that the likely GOP presidential nominee has repeatedly echoed himself on the campaign trail.

But it's seen as not enough by President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, Democrats and some members of the Republican Party – including Rep. Walter Jones with North Carolina's Congressional delegation – who want Mitt Romney to put the issue of whether he may be hiding something behind him before it begins to weigh more heavily on his candidacy.

The Romneys have said the family gives 10 percent of its income to the Mormon church and that the former Massachusetts governor took no salary during the four years that he held that office.

That, Ann Romney says, should be enough to ease people's concerns about his finances.

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But, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll this week, 54 percent of Americans believe the White House hopeful should release additional years of tax records beyond the 2010 returns he released in January and the 2011 returns that Ann Romney says will be released.

Releasing anything more, Ann Romney says, is dangerous.

"The reason it's dangerous for us is that it just gives the Democrats more fodder to attack us with," she said. "That is the simple reason. As you've seen over the last four weeks, the attacks that have come our way – they've all been financial. They've all been about his business dealings. We just aren't going to give them any more material."

North Carolina was one of four states on Romney's campaign agenda Thursday, in which she focused on sending a message about jobs, the economy and the wealth of average Americans.

She says her husband is running to help average Americans realize the prosperity that has blessed their lives – maybe not the vast wealth that the Romneys have accumulated, but a good job for the millions of people in this country who don't have one.

"No, we are not struggling financially, but the reason Mitt's running is to help people have a brighter economic future," she said. "That's why we're doing it."

"We are very sensitive to those struggling right now. There are millions and millions of Americans that are out of work. It's not right, and we can do better," she added.


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  • lessismore Jul 20, 2012

    Romney will do a great job bring jobs back to America.....because he always does what he is hired to do. When at Bain his job was to make money for private share holders.... What has OBama bone......sent millions so Jon's to other countries....with tax money that was not his.

    Romney has succeeded at everything he has done.....what has Obama done?

  • josephlawrence43 Jul 20, 2012

    fehanline: I'm saying that its asinine to blast Romney for doing what an untold number of individuals and companies are doing, and have done, for a long time. Having an offshore account is not illegal--after all, the congress of the US set the rules up so that people could take advantage of them. My point is that the democommies are being hypocritical as all get out for slamming Romney for doing the same thing that they themselves are doing.

  • lessismore Jul 20, 2012

    Obama has all his history of his past locked up......why won't he release them? We don't know anything about his past.. When will the limbs get smart and ask some question about his past........like why did he turn in his law license (because he lied on the application and the were about to be revoked)....why did Michelle turn inher law license? (because she was charged with insurance fraud...she had to turn them in or the would be revoked).......see a pattern here.......

  • fehanline Jul 20, 2012

    @ josephlawrence43: So we are to expect that all businessmen are crooked and that's the best we can hope for?

    I guess it is time to really tighten the screws and have far more regulations as it is then obvious that the kleptocracy can't help themselves in making as much money off of other people's misfortune, that they caused

  • josephlawrence43 Jul 20, 2012

    All this talk about Romney and his offshore accounts, like he is the only politician to ever do that. The banks in the Cayman Islands were established by an American company to facilitate foreign investment in the US. Not only individuals but corporations take advantage of their presence. Who you might ask? How about Debbie Wasserman Schultz--Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, and the Hon. John Kerry just to name two. So if those two leading Democratic lights have offshore accounts, why is it so evil that Romney does??

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Jul 20, 2012

    Ms. Ann, you will make a superb first lady. It will be a pleasure to have a first lady that has ALWAYS been proud of her country.

  • fehanline Jul 20, 2012

    @ Proud: Start with the Bush era plan that did the same thing. Like Romneycare, FNF was borrowed from previous GOP programs

  • fehanline Jul 20, 2012

    @ retroconsultant: "Romney has succeeded in meeting his goals in the private sector, as governor, and in leading the Olympics management. He has also succeeded in becoming wealthy"

    Romney was already wealthy before he started

    As for the private sector, if "meeting his goals" means put people out of work, KB Toys, Ampad, Live Entertainment, Dade International and others, so he could reap 370% private profits but put more people on unemployment and send US jobs overseas, he did that too

    As for the 2002 Olympics, name one Winter Olympics that has failed. It'll take an insulated screw up of immense proportions to do that and there were too many other people around to let that happen

    Romney's "successes" are from being born very wealthy, not caring about pain for people left without jobs and being given a cushy job with as much resources as he needed

    Wow, I'm underwhelmed

  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Jul 20, 2012

    Please obama, release the fast and furious documents for the sake of Brian Terry's parents. Is that too much to ask. What are you hiding from the American people? You promised us that your administration would be transparent. Just release the documents.

  • 5Rs Jul 20, 2012

    Romney has succeeded in meeting his goals in the private sector, as governor, and in leading the Olympics management. He has also succeeded in becoming wealthy. All of those are positives, and no one needs to see his tax returns to measure his effectiveness in multiple arenas.

    On the other hand, Obama has only succeeded in campaigning. He is also excellent in demonizing anyone who disagrees with him. He has failed the country in multiple ways and failed to meet his stated objectives when he was campaigning the last time.

    The choice is clear.