I Am Not A Business

August 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

Josh Tyrangiel:  “Let’s frame the issue around your tax returns in a slightly different way. If you’re an investor and you’re looking at a company, and that company says that its great strength is wise management and fiscal know-how, wouldn’t you want to see the previous, say, five years’ worth of its financials?”

Mitt Romney: “I’m not a business. We have a process in this country, which was established by law, which provides for the transparency which candidates are required to meet. I have met with that requirement with full financial disclosure of all my investments, but in addition have provided and will provide a full two years of tax returns.”

  • Source: Interview with Bloomberg Businessweek (page 3), August 9, 2012
  • Context: Romney responded to a question by Tyrangiel, editor of Bloomber Businessweek, regarding the issue of his tax returns, by responding that he is not a business, and should not be scrutinized like one. Romney famously defended corporations during a speech he made on August 11, 2011 in which he declared “corporations are people, my friend” (video) to angry spectators.
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