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Gingrich, Romney spar in South Carolina

WINNSBORO, S.C. (AP) -- Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are launching a new round of attacks on each other, as Saturday's South Carolina primary approaches.

Gingrich today predicted that the Romney campaign would get "unendingly dirty and dishonest" in the coming days. He says Romney's people are "desperate."

Romney, meanwhile, mocked Gingrich's claim of helping to create millions of jobs -- saying it was like "Al Gore taking credit for the Internet."

Supporters of Romney who served with Gingrich in Congress today took part in a conference call in which they described Gingrich as "erratic" and "unreliable." They also said he had helped Democrat Bill Clinton win re-election.

Gingrich called that "just stupid," and spoke of engineering the first House Republican majority in 40 years.

The former House speaker was asked if he needs for Rick Perry and Rick Santorum to drop out of the race in order for him to win in South Carolina. He said, "It would be helpful" -- but he added that it's not his place to tell them to get out.

Gingrich today told reporters that he paid 31 percent of his 2010 income in taxes -- more than double the 15 percent rate that Romney says he pays. Gingrich said his goal isn't to make Romney pay more -- it's to bring everyone's tax rate down to 15 percent.

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