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DNC hammers Romney on transparency in new Web video

The DNC's ad uses debate and news footage to argue that Romney has been deceptive on not just his specific policy proposals, but his tax returns and personal finances. In the video, Democrats also question why Romney staff destroyed emails and hard drives at the end of his term as governor.

"In case you're keeping count at home, the list has gotten quite long: bundlers; tax returns; investment details; hard drives and email servers; and now we learn the policies he would pursue as president, which he'll only discuss if you're a high-dollar donor. Mitt Romney has gone to great lengths to hide his personal financial records, his record as governor of Massachusetts, his volunteer fundraisers, aka 'bundlers,' and his policy proposals — leaving us to wonder, what else is Mitt Romney hiding?" the DNC said in a release accompanying the video. 

The Romney campaign called the attack "ironic" in a statement Tuesday morning.

“It's ironic that a White House that refuses to talk about Solyndra and pleads the Fifth Amendment on President Obama’s scandal-plagued GSA would accuse anyone of not being forthcoming. President Obama does not want to run on his record of high unemployment, tax increases and massive debt, but he can’t run from it. While President Obama tries to create distraction after distraction, Gov. Romney is going to stay focused on the important issues of how to jumpstart the economy and put Americans back to work," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.

The video is the latest in a continued push by Democrats to insist that Romney release more than a decade of tax returns, a move Romney has been reluctant to take. The federal filing deadline for income taxes is Tuesday, giving Democrats opportunity to hammer the presumptive GOP candidate on the issue.

Democrats hope that past returns might show other embarrassing details of Romney's personal finances. On Monday, Romney — who filed for an extension on his tax returns in 2012 — said he would not release more of the 12 years of returns being demanded by Democrats.

“The president is going to try and do everything possible to divert from the attention being focused upon his record as president and the failure of his economic policies. So he’s going to try to make this campaign about the fact that I’ve been successful, that I’ve made a lot of money,” Romney told ABC News. 

The DNC video also was an opportunity for Democrats looking to flip the script from last month when Republicans were criticizing the president for a "hot mic" moment where he was overheard telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev he'd have "more flexibility" after the November election.

This post was updated at 9:08 a.m.

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