Democrats on Monday ramped up their attack on Mitt Romney for his overseas financial investments, which they say demonstrate a lack of faith in the American economy.
The Democratic National Committee posted a 74-second video online that highlighted Sunday talk show appearances by party members who ripped the presumptive Republican presidential nominee over reports that he owns a company in Bermuda, has a retirement account in the Cayman Islands, and used to have money in a Swiss bank account.
In the video, Democrats repeatedly argue that Mr. Romney’s investments were part of a deliberate strategy to avoid taxes and conceal a portion of his wealth from the public.
“You either get a Swiss bank account to conceal what you are doing or you believe that the Swiss franc is stronger than the American dollar,” Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Democrats have also stepped up their calls for Mr. Romney to release more years of his income tax records. So far, he has only released returns for 2010 and an estimate of taxes for 2011. Releasing tax returns is not required by law, though most candidates in recent years have done so at some point.
The Romney campaign was quick to refute Democrats’ charges, calling the attacks “unseemly and disgusting.”
“Mitt Romney had a successful career in the private sector, pays every dime of taxes he owes and has given generously to charitable organizations and served numerous causes greater than himself,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul.