GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Americans who wish to see more of his tax returns “small minded” during a press conference today in Greer, South Carolina.
After weeks of requests from the American public to see the last decade of his tax returns, spurned by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) accusations that Romney had not paid taxes for a 10-year period, Romney finally disclosed some verbal details:
“…Every year, I paid at least 13 percent," he said. "And if you add in addition the amount that goes to charity, well, the number gets well above 20 percent,” Romney says of his tax returns and donations to the Mormon Church, “I think the most recent year is 13.6 or something like that. So, I pay taxes every single year.”
Romney’s statement came during a press conference where he explained, “I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces – 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty – the fascination with taxes I paid, I find to be very small-minded compared to the broad issues that we face.”
Meanwhile, Romney's spouse jumped to his defense.
“There’s nothing we’re hiding,” Romney’s wife Ann told NBC. “[We've] 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 tax releases given.”
The millionaire and former Massachusetts governor has also come under attack from President Barack Obama who, in recent a television ad aimed at middle class Americans, said Romney’s tax returns show he’s “probably paying less than you.”