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. bauserdotcom

    Romney's accountant STILL hasn't finished the 2011 return? Jeez, you would think a guy as rich as Romney could afford a faster accountant!

    July 19, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Will Elliott

    you people, really, lol..... yes We The People of these United States of America, will vote Obama/Biden come November 2012

    July 19, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Jim

    You have to be kidding me. As a practicing Independent I want to know everything that I can before making a decision. If you are unwilling to share ALL pertinent facts, then how can I know to trust you as my personal representative to the world. You want the job, share the facts. Seems to me that recently there was an issue with a CEO who overstated his qualifications. How do I know whether or not I can vote for him, or the other guy! I am not arguing wealth, nor religion, nor anything other than how can I trust you,when you conceal, not reveal.

    July 19, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. AnnsTheMan!

    I can't wait until the people elect Ann Romney for president! I mean, she's super duper for the job!! Comments on not picking a VP yet, on not releasing more tax returns... guess she's the hand up the back of the jacket. Yet another reason to vote like a gop! This nov. vote "NO!" to mittens and friends...

    July 19, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. Woman In California

    Personally, I can't stand her. Who does she think she's talking to (maybe one of her servants)? She seems to come off as angry and very pushy when "bothered" – something I never saw in Laura Bush. As far as her husband being generous-yes, he is when he's giving to his cult of which she is involved also. I sure hope Ann finds out its "not her turn" until the voters decide it is and hopefully, we will return the Romney's to their selfish, secretive, soul less lifestyle.

    July 19, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Alan

    She probably didn't intend to say "you people" on tv. That's just how she and Mitt talk with each other about the American people and it slipped out.

    July 19, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. Normagene

    She's seems rather clueless. They are asking us for the job, not the other way around. WE decide what we need to see, not them.

    July 19, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    "you people"???!!! Did she REALLY say that? The utter contempt these two have for Americans is disgusting, and they absolutely DO NOT deserve their "turn" in the WH.

    July 19, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. Debbie from Arizona

    Ann's referring to people who question Romney's tax returns as "you people" reminds me of John McCain referring to President Obama as '"that one". The arrogance of the GOP is amazing.

    July 19, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Thomas

    What do you mean, YOU people?

    Anne, your husband pressured Kennedy to release his tax records in 1996. Whats wrong with sharing now?

    July 19, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. John

    Thanks, Anne. That IS all I need to know. I'm switching my vote to Barack Obama now.

    July 19, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  12. rla

    The only person deceiving the American public are the democrats and obama!!! Transparant they are NOT and now the make small things large and smear the other guy tactics are not working! Think Chicago where you can fool all the people all the time but not the middle class of AMERICA- TIME TO MOVE ON

    July 19, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -Investment Advisor

    Good for you Mrs. Romney! Let the liberals stew in their make believe world of how wonderful this administration has done. Bring on the distorted "spin" Libs.
    **************************************************
    Let's examine the make-believe world you and the righties live in.....tax cuts never cause debt and they always produce millions of jobs, the WMDs were real, ignoring health and safety regs is always good, education and infrastructure never need to be funded, and the GOP does not bear an ounce of responsibility for bringing on the biggest economic catastrophe since the 1930s. Your candidate is a man who made millions by outsourcing workers overseas, has evaded taxes and uses the pathetic excuse of a blind trust for not knowing where his money is, and you seem to think his arrogance is actually chutzpah? Its ignorance/arrogance born out of a sense of entitlement, and you endorse it: what kind of an American are you?

    July 19, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. PJ/TX

    So, how many years of tax returns are you demanding from your VP candidates, and what would you say if
    one of them asked "we've given all you people need to know"? They are being "interviewed" for a job, and
    so are you Romney. If you demand more from a potential VP candidate than you are willing to give to the
    American people, I don't think we want to hire you.
    He tithes, so he's generous. Wow. A lot of people thithe, most don't because they can't. However, the volunteer time
    they put in is just as important. So, quit patting yourself on the back for doing what millions of other people
    do, in different ways.

    July 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  15. Steve

    "all you people"? Ann, do you mean the citizens of the United States? Those same people that you and Mitt are hoping vote for him this year? Apparently money can't buy you class or respect for others. Either that, or having as much money as you do, you couldn't care less about being respectful to all of us people.

    July 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Me IN HOUSTON

    'You People'?!??!!! EXCUSE ME??!??! Who the hell do you think you're talking to???

    July 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  17. Purple Candy

    Not that I am voting for Romney, but I think "you People" meant the media. You know conservatives think the liberal media is the problem. I will say all these polls kill me, there isn't a vp for the Republicans yet! Since the republicans have just one playbook, they may pick another Palin! I hope they pick Jindal! Give Louisianans a break! They are ready for some new leadership! And comedy central will be ablaze of jokes! I love it!

    July 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. v_mag

    "you people" are "We, the People". Whoever is president, "We, the People" are their bosses, and if you can't please your boss, you can't have the job. Doesn't Ann understand how the government is supposed to work, or does she really believe she is in the aristocracy and doesn't answer to the electorate?

    Romney = Bush = disaster

    July 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ooooh THESE people burn me up!
    How dare WE question THEM? I keep telling you THESE people are used to acting above the law, and flying below the radar. They will NOT be questioned. They will NOT be denied.
    I'VE got news for them......
    Obama 2012. Re-elected by WE THE PEOPLE.

    July 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. ObamaJoe

    No Wiki leaks ????????????????????

    Very strange,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, maybe we will get lucky if they throw coins at us as they roll by in their horse-drawn coach, giving us the royal wave ( or the finger).

    July 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Romney show your taxes

    Who is YOU PEOPLE? That why Romney and his wife is out of touch with middle class.

    July 19, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    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 ?
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    Because there is any question whatsoever that Mitt Romney actually met his tax requirements? Like I said, the IRS is free to audit that. So if Obama has any question he should do his job and demand an audit instead of whining about it in speeches and in ads. Fact is, he is only scratching for political points. Pathetic what the office has become.

    July 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. ObamaJoe

    Michael Bachmann is the only one who can help Mitt Romney ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    July 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. dan

    All of YOU people need to chill out, we will have a grand party after we have our coronation as king and queen. After all, it is our turn!!

    July 19, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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