Newt Gingrich found himself defending his criticism of Mitt Romney's tenure at Bain Capital once again on Thursday, after declaring that he would not be focusing on Romney's record in South Carolina.
“This is his record that he's been campaigning on, but I'm not focusing on that in South Carolina," Gingrich said on Fox News' Fox and Friends, attempting to shift the conversation away from Romney's record. "I'm focusing on how do we develop energy offshore to create $80,000 a year jobs? How do we modernize the port of Charleston to be fully competitive when the Panama Canal is widened in 2014 and how do we fire the National Labor Relations Board of Obama to get them off the back of Boeing so we can create more jobs in South Carolina?”
“I'm campaigning as a pro-jobs Reagan conservative and a secondary issue is Romney's record,” Gingrich said.
But he was soon sucked into an argument with the Fox and Friends panel, who argued that by attacking Romney's business decisions at Bain Gingrich was in fact attacking capitalism.
Appearing immediately after Gingrich on the show, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani agreed that Gingrich's attacks on Bain were a bad move. McCain called the attacks "a mistake," while Giuliani called them "ignorant."