GILBERT, S.C. — Campaigning in the final hours before the South Carolina primary, Mitt Romney on Friday sought to turn a rival’s words against him, demanding that Newt Gingrich release documents from a decades-old ethics investigation.
Mr. Gingrich has been insisting that Mr. Romney release years of tax returns, saying that voters need to know such details before Republicans settle on a nominee.
With the sparring between the two at a fevered pitch as voting nears, Mr. Romney, at a stop in Lexington County, used a similar warning about Mr. Gingrich’s past, arguing that unreleased documents from the ethics investigation when Mr. Gingrich was in Congress in the 1990s could be used by Democrats if Mr. Gingrich becomes the nominee.
“He was pushed out of the House by his fellow members,” Mr. Romney said. “I think over 80 percent of Republican congressmen voted to reprimand the speaker of the House for the first time in history.”
Mr. Gingrich’s campaign responded quickly. R. C. Hammond, a spokesman for the campaign, used Twitter to send a link to a House Ethics Committee Web page with the public report of the case, and called the inquiry the product of “Nancy Pelosi’s ethics witch hunt.”Page 1 of 6 | Next Page