Ann Romney said in an interview airing Wednesday that her husband has no plans to release additional tax returns, saying “it’ll just give them more ammunition” and insisting that “there’s nothing we’re hiding.”
“We have been very transparent to what’s legally required of us. But the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed. And so we have done what’s legally required and there’s going to be no more, there’s going to be no more tax releases given,” she said in the interview by NBC News. “And there’s a reason for that, and that’s because of how, what happens as soon as we release anything.”
Romney is releasing two years of his tax returns. Democrats have said what’s he hiding and demanded he make public the last 10 years or more.
Ann Romney also defended Romney’s character and said the “only reason we don’t disclose more is we’ll just become a bigger target.”
“Mitt’s financial disclosures when he was governor are huge if people want to really look and see any question they have,” she said. “The other thing they have to understand is that Mitt is as honest — his integrity is just golden. We pay our taxes, we are absolutely — beyond paying our taxes we also give 10 percent of our income to charity.”
She also said that the couple has had a blind trust since 2002 before Romney was governor and that they don’t know what’s in it.
“There’s nothing we’re hiding,” she said, later adding: “I’ll be curious to see what’s in there too.”
The debate for Romney to release more of his tax returns were spurred on by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid when he claimed that an anonymous source told him Romney had not paid taxes for 10 years, but it has calmed since Romney announced his vice presidential running mate this weekend.
At a press conference in South Carolina, Mitt Romney criticized Harry Reid and said he never paid less than 13 percent in taxes.