Ann Romney on Tax Returns: We’ve Given ‘All You People Need to Know’

The candidate’s wife says there’s “enough out there” of family’s finances.

Ann Romney supported her husband’s decision not to make public several years of tax returns. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

“There are so many things that will be open again for more attack,” Ann Romney told ABC’s Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” of releasing tax returns.

“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 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person that is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary in the four years.”

Roberts was insisting: “Why not show that, then?” citing that people could “move on” if her husband released his tax returns.

As The Huffington Post reports, the candidate’s wife responded, “Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack… and that’s really, that’s just the answer.”

“And we’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life. And so, the election, again, will not be decided on that. It will be decided on who is gonna turn the economy around and how are jobs gonna come back to America.”

The woman also revealed that she thinks the Obama campaign’s attacks on her husband have been “beneath the dignity of the presidency.” She suggested that people will decide whom to choose based on whether their lives would be better under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney has had not the easiest week as he faced high pressure to release his tax returns and was criticized for his refusal to do it. While President Obama has shared his tax returns from 2000 through 2011, the Republican nominee has only released his tax returns from 2010.

Ann Romney’s remark during the interview has become the topic all people are talking about. Not only did she do a horrible job defending Mitt Romney, she might have turned more people against him with those two words, “You people.”

People took to social networks to voice their opinion considering Mrs Romney’s comment. @Lolly_Jean wrote, “#YouPeople are so humorous, you think we actually care about your petty concerns. –Ann Romney”

@Iversonphotos tweeted, “She right, #YouPeople will just have to wait until the rest of the documentary about Bane capital comes out this weekend. Right Rush?”

“#Romney’s taxes must be really, really shady. I mean come on, just release the damn things. #WhatsMittHiding #GOP #YouPeople,” @dusteallen shared.

Alexandra Petri, writing in The Washington Post, sums up the impression Ann Romney gives with the expression “you people”:

“…you hear the words ‘you people,’ and you picture someone getting out of a carriage, beckoning to Jeeves and sliding on her gloves with the faintest hint of a sneer. ‘Yewww people.’ It has that unfortunate ring to it.”

She went on, adding: “The great unwashed. The hordes. The rabble. Hoi polloi — that’s Greek for ‘the many.’ The plebeians. The peasantry. You people.”

“Never mind the tone in which it was actually uttered. You can call people all kinds of things. But not ‘you people.’ Someone called the commentariat ‘you people’ once in their childhood, and they never quite got over it.”

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