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Mitt Romney dismissed calls from within his own party Tuesday, which requested he release additional years of tax returns. He argues that some of his fellow Republicans don’t quite understand how destructive Democratic opposition research can be to Romney’s campaign.

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Romney responded to the matter, saying:

“Oh, I think people in my party just say, ‘Look, this is a non-issue, just release the returns and it will all go away.’ My experience is that the Democratic Party these days has approached taxes in a very different way than in the past.

Their opposition people look for anything they can find to distort, to twist, and to try and make negative, and I want to make this a campaign about the economy and creating jobs.

And they want to make this campaign about attacking people and diverting attention from our job picture in this country.”

The statement also appears to be Romney acknowledging that there is material in his tax returns that is so complicated and bizarre that it could be used as a campaign tool by the Democrats, fairly or not.

Mitt Romney, this is essentially like pleading the fifth in court. You may get off innocent, but you’ll still look guilty. Keep in mind as you continue to keep this information private: the Democrats will still use your refusal to their advantage.

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