(CNN) – Mitt Romney said Monday that persistent questions about how well he relates to middle class voters were reflecting of a diversion campaign run by Democrats eager to distract from failed economic policies.
"We don't divide America based upon success and wealth and other dimensions of that nature," Romney said in an interview with ABC News, excerpts of which were posted online. "We're one nation under God. We come together. This is a time when people of different backgrounds and different experiences need to come together."
- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker
Romney was responding to a question from ABC host Diane Sawyer, who asked the former Massachusetts governor and all-but-certain GOP nominee if he was "too rich to relate" to voters.
The question has dogged Romney for months, often preceded by remarks from the candidate himself that opponents say signal he's out of touch.
The candidate and his campaign have written off such criticism as a tactic employed by opponents to cloud Obama's record as president. Romney continued that argument Monday.
"This is a campaign about getting a president that can get America back on track again, make sure our kids have a bright future, and we stop spending money we don't have," Romney said. "But I know there will be some who try to make it about anything else but that."
Calls to release a decade's worth of personal tax information are also a distraction, Romney said in the ABC interview.
"The president is going to try and do everything possible to divert from the attention being focused upon his record as president and the failure of his economic policies," Romney said, according to a posting on ABC's website. "So he's going to try to make this campaign about the fact that I've been successful, that I've made a lot of money."
Democrats and Obama's reelection campaign used the annual disclosure of the president's tax return Friday to pressure Romney to release his own tax information. Romney has released his 2010 tax return and an estimate of his 2011 form.
The Republican's campaign said late Friday the candidate had requested an extension with the Internal Revenue Service, and that his official 2011 tax return would be made public when the information is filed. A form released by the campaign showed the Romneys applied a payment of $887,000 toward estimated taxes when they filed for the extension.
On another topic – abortion – Romney said the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which disallowed state restrictions on abortion, should be overturned.
"I would love the Supreme Court to say, 'Let's send this back to the states,'" Romney said. "Rather than having a federal mandate through Roe v. Wade, let the states again consider this issue state by state."
Romney's record on abortion has been viewed with some skepticism by conservatives, who point to campaigns he ran in Massachusetts as an abortion rights supporter. He later moved to the right on the issue, vetoing an emergency contraception bill in 2005 and declaring in the pages of the Boston Globe that he was an opponent of abortion.
The interview also had lighter moments: responding to speculation about a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Romney said he would participate if the material was good.
"I haven't made a decision on that, just heard about it," Romney said. "Of course it would depend on the nature of the skit. I want it to be funny."