Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he will release his income tax returns and challenged front-runner Mitt Romney to do so as well.
"The country deserves accountability and transparency," Gingrich said on NBC's “Meet the Press” on Sunday. "I'm going to try to set the example to provide the leadership to do the right thing."
The former House speaker said he will release his tax returns on Thursday, two days before South Carolina's presidential primary.
Andrea Saul, a Romney spokeswoman, said the former Massachusetts governor's campaign will "look at the question of releasing tax returns during the next tax filing season," according to USA Today
In a statement issued in reaction to Gingrich’s challenge, Saul said Gingrich "is in no position to lecture anyone on disclosure" because he has yet to release records about his work for Freddie Mac, USA Today reported.
"Instead of offering tortured responses to very simple questions about his work there, he should immediately provide the documents to the public," Saul said.
Gingrich is not alone in demanding that Romney unveil his tax returns. President Barack Obama's campaign and his Democratic allies have pushed for the multimillionaire to do so.
For the former Massachusetts governor’s part, he has said this on the topic: "I can tell you we follow the tax laws. And if there's an opportunity to save taxes we, like anybody else in this country, will follow that opportunity. But we don't have any current plans to release tax returns but never say never."
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