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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Gingrich Calls Romney `Massachusetts Moderate’

On radio show, candidate also blasts Ron Paul on foreign and domestic policy.

Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and former Speaker of the House Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, right, take part in the Republican debate, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

December 22, 2011

Continuing his war of words with Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich on Thursday accused his chief GOP presidential rival of being a “Massachusetts moderate.”

“When a Massachusetts moderate says I’m not conservative, it makes me want to laugh when he goes down that road,” Gingrich told radio host Tony Powers, responding to the former Bay State governor’s frequent charge. “When a Massachusetts moderate says Newt Gingrich is not conservative enough, other than break up laughing I don’t know what the correct response would be.”

Gingrich also criticized another rival, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who also has run ads critical of the former House speaker. “Paul’s case is different because he believes in legalizing drugs … thinks it’s OK for Iran to have a nuclear weapon and believes Americans are responsible for 9/11, which makes no sense.”

 

Gingrich also took a shot at President Obama, who in a recent 60 Minutes interview said he would put his legislative and foreign-policy accomplishments in his first two years against any other president except Lyndon Johnson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

“He skipped past [Ronald] Reagan, who liberated Eastern Europe when [Obama] can’t even liberate a park in New York City,” Gingrich said in reference to the Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in Manhattan.

 

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