South Carolina's primary—the first in the South—is this Saturday. And even though it's a Republican primary, Democrats have been on the ground across the state all week, holding the GOP candidates accountable and building up the President's Palmetto State operation.
We kicked today off in Charleston with a press conference with our chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former chair and South Carolinian Don Fowler, and South Carolina state Rep. Bakari Sellers, who called out Mitt Romney for refusing to release his tax returns—a precedent that every presidential candidate has adhered to for decades, including George Romney in 1968.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz told the assembled reporters:
"As Mitt Romney campaigns through South Carolina in advance of this weekend’s primary, he’s been making his final pitch to voters here, and tonight’s debate is the perfect opportunity for Mitt Romney to come clean to the American people.
"If Mitt Romney is unfairly taking advantage of the tax system or entangled in any other potential conflicts of interest, the American people have a right to know about it.
"It’s time for Romney to level with the American people. Whether it’s his claims about job creation or the truth about his finances, he has tried time and time again to mislead the public—and the voters of South Carolina deserve better.
"The more we dig into Mitt Romney’s record, the more we learn just how far he is willing to go in saying anything to get elected."