GOP candidates sharpen their tongues before caucuses

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December 28, 2011

By Susan Page and Jackie Kucinich, USA TODAY

DES MOINES – It may be December, but the heat is rising in Iowa.

One week before the opening presidential caucuses, former House speaker Newt Gingrich declared Tuesday that he wouldn’t vote for rival Ron Paul if the Texas congressman won the Republican nomination, calling him “out of the mainstream” and suggesting he would even consider supporting President Obama instead.

Gingrich has been the target of a slew of negative TV ads funded by a “super PAC” supporting Mitt Romney. During a CNN interview , Gingrich stared into the camera and demanded that Romney “be man enough to own” the attacks and debate him one-on-one.

Meanwhile, Romney, who had downplayed expectations in the state, arrived in Iowa on Tuesday to launch four days of campaigning, accompanied by high-profile surrogates and a TV and radio ad blitz — signaling a serious effort to win the contest that undercut his presidential candidacy four years ago.

After a break over the Christmas holidays, five of the seven Republican candidates campaigned Tuesday in Iowa, making bus tours that snaked through small and midsize towns from Council Bluffs on the western border to Davenport in the east. (Paul arrives here today, and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has planted his candidacy in New Hampshire, eschewing Iowa.)

To read more, visit: http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2011-12-27/republicans-campaign-iowa-romney-gingrich/52246788/1

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Lindsey says:

    Gingrich is a goofball and needs to take his sleazy act out of the Republican party. I support Michelle Bachmann for president but my 2nd choice is Ron Paul. Dr. Paul is a champion of individual liberty as well possessing a gold standard for moral behavior that is necessary for the position of president. Gingrich has a zero standard at best. He can’t even measure up to Barack Obama who despite being radically pro-choice etc. at least sets a high standard for his marital life which all Americans should be proud of!

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