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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney went on the attack against former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich Sunday, telling a Florida rally that the man who beat him in South Carolina was a failure as speaker and left Congress in disgrace.
I don’t know if you actually knew that. He resigned after four years in disgrace. He was investigated under an ethics panel and had to make a payment associated with that and then his fellow Republicans, 88 percent of Republicans voted to reprimand Speaker Gingrich. He has not had a record of successful leadership.
Over the last, what, 15 years, since he left the House, he talks about great bold movements and ideas. Well, what’s he been doing for 15 years? He has been working as a lobbyist. He was working as a lobbyist and selling influence around Washington. He was working for Freddie Mac – heard of those guys? He says that he’s just been a historian, I would like him to release his records, what was his work product?
Romney isn’t alone in going after Gingrich.
“It’s great to be glib but it’s better to be principled,” Rick Santorum told supporters in Coral Springs, Florida.
Meanwhile, GOP leaders huddle behind closed doors and talk about what — if anything — can be done to stop Gingrich.
“A Newt Gingrich candidacy is bad news for the GOP, any way you slice it,” a Republican National Committee strategist confided to Capitol Hill Blue. “Our goal at this point should be to develop a strategy to stop Barack Obama but we’re bogged down in finding a way to stop Gingrich first.”