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      Miller challenges Wilson to disclose expenses

      Wilson is the subject of an ethics investigation probing the misuse of taxpayer-funded per diem stipends and travel expenses.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Thursday morning Rob Miller held a news conference challenging his opponent Rep. Joe Wilson to disclose his per diem expenses and return all misused funds.

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      Wilson is the subject of an ethics investigation probing the misuse of taxpayer-funded per diem stipends and travel expenses.

      "Today, I challenge Congressman Wilson to come clean about his per diem expenses," Miller said. "I challenge him to tell us how much money out of that per diem that he pocketed for his personal benefit, and I challenge the congressman to return that per diem money that was misused improperly to the American taxpayer."

      Miller challenged Wilson at Thursday's news conference to disclose every penny of taxpayer money he has pocketed and return that money to US taxpayers.

      "Every tax dollar is precious, and it is unacceptable for a member of Congress to waste one cent, much less pocket thousands of dollars," said Miller. "I'm going to fight to ensure that we have more transparency in state spending."

      Thursday's news conference comes exactly one year after Congressman's Wilson controversial "You Lie" outburst during a speech given by President Obama.

      Wilson fired back saying that as a ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, he's proud of the trips he has taken in support of the troops.

      The congressman says Miller initiated the mudsling in this political race.

      Wilson also says that moving forward, he plans to remain focused on the issues.

      "My view is I'm going to be focused on a positive agenda and that's cutting taxes, repealing that health care takeover, providing for an audit of the stimulus," Wilson explains. "We need to have a positive agenda to create jobs and I will do all I can to promote a positive agenda for a positive campaign."

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