Pelosi also weighed in on the pressure on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney to release additional years of tax returns.
“The American people seem to want to know,” Pelosi said. “His father set the standard for transparency. ... This is a tradition that he is breaking not only personal in his family but for candidates for president of the United States. You want to run for president, the ante is upped.”
Facing questions about why she and other top Congressional officials won’t release their tax returns, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed her previous demands for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release his, calling the issue a distraction. . . .
“We spent too much time on that. We should be talking about middle-income tax cuts,” Pelosi said after answering two questions about the issue. . . .
“Some people think the same standard should be held to the ownership of the news media in the country who are writing these stories about all of this. What do you think of that?” she asked.
Congressional leaders were defiant Thursday that Capitol Hill lawmakers should not release their tax returns — even as Democrats kept demanding Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney release his.
“When I run for president of the United States, you can hold me to that standard,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who refuses to disclose her returns, told reporters during a tense news conference. . . .
[S]he reacted testily when asked whether she and members of Congress should abide by such rules.
“There are no rules. There are no rules. There’s no rule about releasing his tax return, so what rules are you referring to?” she asked, growing clearly frustrated. Asked about the standard she had cited for a presidential candidate, Pelosi said: “It’s up to the American people. The American people are the judges of that.”
After being questioned about why her demand for more transparency from Romney shouldn’t apply to Congress as well, she briefly changed course and said the issue of tax returns was not important.
“The tradition that was honored by this same person’s father,” Pelosi said, recalling how George Romney released several years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 1968. “Now I’m not here, this is not important to me, let me say this: What’s important to me are jobs and the rest,” Pelosi said.
LATER: If I used post titles (and I'd thought of it in time) I'd have omitted my single-word summation and called this one "Three Days of the Jackass."