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'I don't even consider myself wealthy,' says Ann Romney

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 03:31 p.m. HST, Mar 06, 2012


WASHINGTON >> Mitt Romney's wife says she doesn't consider herself to be wealthy.

In an interview Monday on Fox News, the wife of the Republican presidential front-runner, Ann Romney, was asked about criticism that her husband can seem out of touch with average Americans. His worth has been estimated as high as $250 million.

Mrs. Romney said her struggle with multiple sclerosis has given her compassion for people who are suffering from multiple sclerosis, cancer or other diseases.

"We can be poor in spirit, and I don't even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing," Mrs. Romney said. "It can be here today and gone tomorrow."

She added: "How I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people that I care about in my life, and that's where my values are and that's where my riches are."

A Romney spokeswoman said the full interview showed what Mrs. Romney meant by her remarks.

Mitt Romney has drawn criticism for offhand remarks that point to the wide economic divide separating him and nearly all other Americans. His 2010 tax returns show he earned about $21.7 million from his investments and, after charitable donations, paid about 14 percent in federal income taxes.

While campaigning in Michigan, Romney referred to his wife driving "a couple of Cadillacs" as he pointed to his longstanding support of American automakers. At other times during his campaign for the Republican nomination, Romney has referred to the $373,000 he earned in speaking fees over two years as "not very much" and once bet a Republican rival $10,000 to make a point.

Romney has also said he was "not concerned about the very poor" and, while referring to insurance companies, remarked, "I like being able to fire people who provide services to me."

Asked by reporters last week if such comments had hurt his campaign, he answered, "Yes."







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kainalu wrote:
There you have it. Her words are powerful, a clear indication of the disconnect between those that are wealthy, and the rest of us living from pay check to pay check.
on March 6,2012 | 07:16AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Oh, yeah. There we have it. The it being the depths some people will sink in their personal attacks on political opponents. Not really surprising given the level of our political discussion. The disconnect is serial- between your ears, eyes, and brain. Read what she said. The woman has a life changing illness. I know from personal experience that monetary things start to become meaningless when compared too our own mortality.
on March 6,2012 | 12:16PM
NITRO08 wrote:
I think you are out of touch sick or not she is still rich!!!!!!!!!!!!
on March 6,2012 | 04:36PM
cardoc wrote:
Wow! Talk about out of touch with reality. Ann Romney mearses her wealth by the friends and loved ones she has. I'm sure her friends are at the "country club", the spa, tennis club, yatch club, and other such "posh" places. I don't think she meets her friends and loved one at the strip malls, COSTCO, Sam's Club, or the middle class backyard barbecue. She has "compassion" for those with MS, cancer or other diseases, so I'm sure she volunteers her time to support her comassion. The Romneys are so far out there. LIke her husband Mitt, tghe apple don't fall too far from the tree!
on March 6,2012 | 08:14AM
Fred01 wrote:
You sound so jealous. Loser.
on March 6,2012 | 08:48AM
Highinthesierras wrote:
Actually, the Romneys have given away vast amounts of wealth, which is consistent with Rebups and Independents who give away a higher percentage of their money, at ALL income levels, than Dems. And they gathered their wealth the old fashion way, they worked for it. Is ENVY the primary motivating factor among people? Shouldn't we admire those who work hard and achieve success? Do we want our kids to be among those who talk the talk, but never walk the walk?
on March 6,2012 | 12:08PM
NITRO08 wrote:
ALL TO THE MORRON CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on March 6,2012 | 04:38PM
sloturle wrote:
She only says this because in the Bible is says the love of money is the root of all evil.
on March 6,2012 | 08:21AM
false wrote:
Totally taken out of context. Why didn't the dems have a problem with their own super rich candidates like Kennedy, Rockefeller, Gore, and Kerry?
on March 6,2012 | 08:22AM
honopic wrote:
Uh.... false.... u sure chose the right screen name. Rockefeller a rich Democrat? So when Nelson D. was VP under Gerald Ford, he was masquerading as a Republican?
on March 6,2012 | 11:46AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Un, I think Ford was more than forty years ago. However, the party of the people, the democrats, nominated mega-millionaire John Kerry just a few years back.
on March 6,2012 | 12:19PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Unfortunately, Romney is clueless when it comes to his wealth and how people react to it. Apparently, so is his wife.
on March 6,2012 | 11:11AM
control wrote:
Classic example of the american aristocracy.....much like the french before they started losing their heads literally.
on March 6,2012 | 11:25AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Have you read anything about the Romney family history? Evidently not. It's a story of incredible privation in the beginning. Now they're wealthy, but in no sense did they arrive at this point like a member of an aristocracy.
on March 6,2012 | 12:22PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
I wouldn't think of myself as wealthy if I had hundreds of millions of dollars either. Would anyone with that kind of money lie?
on March 6,2012 | 11:32AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I think all wealthy politicians are clueless to the plight of middle class America. It doesn't matter which party. There is just a huge disconnect.
on March 6,2012 | 11:58AM
inverse wrote:
I did not know Romney's wife has multiple sclerosis. When Romney wife, who has been stricken with this illness, no matter how much money Romney has, will be an interesting match up with Michelle Obama as first lady, who has living the life of the RICH and famous by taking MANY vacations, all at taxpayer's expense\, while her husband is President.
on March 6,2012 | 12:19PM
keys4me wrote:
i hate sound bites.
on March 6,2012 | 01:38PM
Vivgie wrote:
Give the guy credit. He could just sit back and live like a King. Instead he is willing to run for the toughest job in the world. What a noble gesture.
on March 6,2012 | 02:16PM
NITRO08 wrote:
I give the guy no credit he keeps changing his position on the issue's and he has no experience in public office!
on March 6,2012 | 04:48PM
Pacej001 wrote:
Governor of Mass wasn't a public office?
on March 7,2012 | 07:42AM
ufried wrote:
WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT HOW MUCH OTHER PEOPLE MAKE? I LIVE PAY CHECK TO PAYCHECK, SO WHAT!! LOOK IN THE MIRROR... IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, YOU CAN BE DAMN SURE IT AIN'T CAUSE A RICH PERSON DID IT TO YOU. ' CLASS WARFARE' A TRULY SAD STATE OF MIND!
on March 6,2012 | 03:57PM
ufried wrote:
ARE YOU SERIOUS S A. MY COMMENT HAS BEEN SENT FOR APPROVAL? SHOWING YOUR TRUE COLORS...
on March 6,2012 | 03:59PM
ufried wrote:
WHY DOES ONE CARE ABOUT WHAT SOMEONE ELSE MAKES? LOOK IN THE MIRROR... DON'T LIKE WHAT YOU SEE, YOU CAN BE SURE IT'S NOT CAUSE A RICH GUY YOU NEVER MET MADE YOU THAT WAY! "CLASS WARFARE" TRULY A SAD STATE OF MIND... I WORK PAY CHECK TO PAY CHECK AND AM PROUD OF IT!!
on March 6,2012 | 04:06PM
terrisquires wrote:
well, out of touch, yes no question, and she says her friends are her wealth and I guess so when you spend hundreds of thousands on lawyers to keep your riches out of sight from the government, the people so you have wealth for your seven generations of children and grandchildren--it's not fair--it's not right--it's unjust and it hurts the poor in this country--Ann Romney is OUT OF TOUCH and so is her husband--they are lying to themselves and the people about their monies, riches and how they pay attorneys to not pay taxes--if we all had such luxuries--it's not fair--they pay attorneys to keep their monies from being taxes, from being known about, from being seen with unscrupulous companies--and the way Romney made money is suspect to say the least. Do people not see this??? How could you want Romney for President? Obama has been horrible in strategizing and manipulating the congress and senators--or his people have been horrible in getting dirt on the rigid congressman/women and we are paying for it with a stagnation in government. Romney is just all for rich people keeping their monies away from the poor, the govenrment, the IRS--it's really very very very sad they don't acknowledge their duplicitness int he whole thing
on August 27,2012 | 07:59AM
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