By Adele Hampton - 05/30/13 12:56 PM EDT
Ann Romney said Thursday that there had been a “breach of trust” between the American public and the government, citing three controversies that have placed the White House on the defensive.
"I think it's hard, what the country's going through right now," Romney, the wife of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said on CBS’s “This Morning.” "I think there's this breach of trust that we as all Americans feel right now with our government."
"If we look at the three scandals that are going on right now — and in particular I saw the polling numbers with how people are upset with the IRS scandal — we have to have trust in our government," Romney added. "We have to believe they're doing the right for us, and when we feel like they're breaking our trust, it's deeply troubling."
Congress is expected to resume hearings on the IRS and DOJ matters after the Memorial Day recess, and Republicans are pressing the State Department for more answers on Benghazi.
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Polls, though, show the president’s approval ratings holding steady despite the controversies.
The former Massachusetts first lady also reflected on the 2012 race and said the campaign process added to the disconnect between the public and their elected leaders.
"Just the process of trying to vet someone, the opposition or even in your own party when you're competing, there's so much negative involved. And it's really hard, and it's hard for the American people to sort through it. How do they know who's telling the truth?” she said.
"And that's what I'm talking about, this breach of trust that's going on. Who do we trust? Who do we believe? Where do we turn to know what's really true?"