Ann Romney says 'given all you people need to know' on taxes
July 19th, 2012
10:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Ann Romney says 'given all you people need to know' on taxes

(CNN) – Ann Romney stood firmly by her husband's commitment to release only two years of tax returns in an interview airing Thursday, saying the information already disclosed was plenty of transparency for the presumptive GOP nominee.

"There are so many things that will be open again for more attack, and you just give more material for more attack, and that's the answer. We've given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life," Mrs. Romney said on ABC.

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"The election, again, will not be decided on that," she continued.

Romney has released his tax return from 2010, and an estimate for his 2011 information. He filed for an extension on submitting his taxes in April, and has vowed to release the full return when his accountant finalized the documents.

Democrats, and some Republicans, have urged Romney to disclose more of his tax information. Democrats say additional returns will clear up questions about offshore accounts and his rate of income tax, while Republicans say it would be politically advantageous to disclose more information.

In the interview airing Thursday, Ann Romney said the information already released showed Romney was a financially generous - and responsible - man.

"You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he's been financially," Mrs. Romney said. "He's a very generous person. We give 10% 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."

The 2011 tax estimate released in January showed the Romneys gave $2.6 million to their church last year, more than 12% of the roughly $21 million they earned. The Romneys also gave $1.4 million last year in cash and stock to their family foundation, which heavily supports the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In 2010, the other year for which the Romneys released a federal tax return, they gave $1.5 million to the LDS church, 7% of their earnings, plus $900,000 to their family foundation, called the Tyler Foundation.

The Tyler Foundation gave $145,000 to the LDS church in 2010, so the Romneys' church donations average out to 10% over the last two years.

CNN's Dan Gilgoff contributed to this report.

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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. DJ

    Our economy is in the pot, we need someone who can turn it around. They have given what is expected for a Presidential candidate. Those demanding more are only using this to cloud over what is happening in this country. I thought President Obama theme was Forward, and yet all I see is his wanting things from the past. There are far more important things to question!!

    July 19, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Ohio Voter

    What an arrogant snob.

    July 19, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. mike

    First the comment "you people" is disgusting and that dontaing 2.6 million dollars to a church that wasted donated money on fighting for prop 8. What person can call themselves a Christian who would rather spend money fighting to make their fellow Americans unequal and discriminate against them for a difference in belief that has no effect on them personally instead of using that money to better the lives of those in desperate need. No God I know would ever be pleased or accept this unjustifiable behavior. I see nothing Christian about any church who spends one dime hurting others instead of doing good for others. I am not asking anyone to change their religious beliefs on any subject, but instead use your religion to make this world a better place not a hateful place.

    July 19, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Sam

    Wow! She sounds like a Queen or a Dutches! Is she Royality?

    July 19, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Ann drives a couple of Caddy's when she's not driving the Romney's unfavorable ratings way up.
    Keep talking Ann, out of touch applies to you as well as your wimp husband. Keep interviewing her MSM!!

    July 19, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Horace

    Arrogance Plus. If he gets elected he's probably going to ask for a Constitutional Amendment changing the word President to King.

    July 19, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Alan

    The fact that she says "You people" says a lot about how the Romneys feel about the American people.

    July 19, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. gpk

    "...all you people..." What a condescending remark to the American people!! The Romney's think they are privileged because of their wealth...makes me sick!

    July 19, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. NameChi

    Wow, Ann put us people in our place!!

    July 19, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Expat American

    I don't own a Swan Lake ballerina horse. I guess that makes me one of those unfortunate 'You People'.

    July 19, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. don

    Mitt Romney is running to be CEO not a public servant. Never question the BOSSMAN

    July 19, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. James

    Haha. Democrats accusing republicans of being unethical on their taxes. What a joke. Before Obama was president, he gave how much of his income to charity, including churches? Just 1%?! Wow. (And most of the 1% was to Mr Wright) 100 million dollars in false attack ads, that have been debunked by his own Bain supporters, as well as numerous fact checking agencies, has resulted in about 1% change in opinion polls. The writing is on the wall.

    July 19, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Linda

    You People.........wow, how snuddy is that.......you people......well we are the people that you want to vote your your husband.........but that won't happen.......

    July 19, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Georgia Tee

    @ four and the door, this from the same people who didn't have a problem going on and on about the Presidents birth certificate ?

    July 19, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  15. Sandy

    Wow. What arrogance! Does she realize that WE are interviewing her husband to work for US, not the other way around. I'm speechless.

    July 19, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. steve

    plain and simple annie, if he does not release more tax returns he has ZERO chance of being elected dog catcher. so stand your ground all day sweetie, the sun is setting on this campaign while your head is stuck in the sand.

    July 19, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. RSaundersPA

    This will ultimately force Mitt to drop out of the race before the convention. It is looking more and more like he is trying to hide some critical information.

    July 19, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    "all you people"? Wow I thought that phrase was only used towards minorities or others that you feel are NOT your equals. Hmmmmmm........now wait a minute.........

    July 19, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. GOP Hates America

    Yep a $77,000 tax credit for a horse. yep we get it Ann.

    July 19, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. swiglo

    Let them eat cake!

    July 19, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    Then, why doesn't he show taxes of ten years????? Goofy!!! Tax-evader!!! Bain-capital shipped jobs to china, now you want entire nation to buy your BS. Or BC. Ha!!!!Obama12.
    Is tax evasion capitalism???shipping jobs capitalism??? Moving Manufacturing to Mexico, Canada, China capitalism????

    July 19, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Darryl

    Ann Romney is exactly like her decieveing husband and his arogant stand with his Taxes.These people feel hey are above the rest on all scrutney of knowing who is going to lead this country.And to refer to the people as " You People ? " who does she think she is what that kind of referance and statement ? She should go back to her Horse riding and forget the W/H period.A Wallstreet Ceo will never have the opertunity to be the POTUS in this country.These Romney people on the reverse of her statement are no more than Greedy, selfish non American Tax evaders and cheats for their own personal gain reguardless of anybodys concerns.Being wealthy is not a problem unless you have cheated and used the people of this country to a financial gain on the backs of the working class Tax paying citizens.

    July 19, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Peace

    Folks, aren't the Romneys so ignorant? Did they think that they can occupy the White House without being scrutinized first? Absurd.

    July 19, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. when your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    "All you people"...the Obama team should jump on this line like the GOP did when Michelle made her "proud of my country" line.

    July 19, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. Astonished

    “"You people" equals: "My college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who’s got the right to vote — they don’t understand what’s going on. I just think if you’re lower income — one, you’re not as educated; two, they don’t understand how it works, they don’t understand how the systems work, they don’t understand the impact." Remember the Hamptons lady?

    July 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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