Ann Romney: Releasing More Tax Returns Makes Mitt Romney a ‘Bigger Target’

August 15, 2012 - 11:29 AM

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FILE -- In this April 23, 2012 file photo, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks at the Connecticut GOP Prescott Bush Awards dinner in Stamford, Conn., on the eve of Connecticut's primary. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(CNSNews.com) Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said the reason her husband won’t release more of his tax returns is because it will make them a “bigger target.”

In an exclusive interview with Natalie Morales on NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” slated to air on Thursday, Mrs. Romney said they have been “very transparent to what’s legally required of us,” and “the more we release, the more we get attacked, the more we get questioned, the more we get pushed.”

Mrs. Romney said there won’t be any more releases of the former Massachusetts governor’s tax returns besides the 2010 tax return and the estimates for 2011, “because of how – what happens as soon as we release anything.”

“Mitt’s financial disclosures when he was governor are huge. If people want to really look and see - any question they have. The other thing they have to understand is that Mitt is, is honest. His integrity is just golden,” she said.

“We pay our taxes. We are absolutely - beyond paying our taxes, we also give 10 percent of our income to charity, so that you know, we have no issues that way and the only reason we don’t disclose any more is, you know, we just become a bigger target,” Mrs. Romney added.

“So it’s because you’ll just continue to face more questions?” Morales asked.

“That, well, just, it’ll just give them more ammunition,” Mrs. Romney said. She also addressed claims that they might be hiding something, such as accounts with her name on it in tax shelters overseas.

“To the American people though, when they hear about, you know, perhaps accounts with your name on it overseas in tax shelters, they feel like you may be hiding something,” Morales said.

“There’s nothing we’re hiding. You know, we’ve had a blind trust for how many years? We don’t even know what’s in there. It’s been managed by blind trust since before Mitt was governor, you know, 2002 forward, and so you know. I’ll be curious to see what’s in there too,” Mrs. Romney said.