GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reacted swiftly on Sunday to news that rival Mitt Romney would release his tax returns this week, with Gingrich suggesting he would relent after pressuring Romney to do so for weeks.
“I think that’s a very good thing he’s doing and I commend him for it,” Gingrich said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “As far as I’m concerned that particular issue is now set to side.”
Speaking on Fox News, Romney said he will release his tax returns for 2010 on Tuesday, with an estimate of his 2011 returns. "We made a mistake holding off as long as we did," he said.
Gingrich also previewed his plans to continue presenting himself as a Washington outsider in Florida, where he and the rest of the field are now focused following Saturday’s South Carolina primary, which Gingrich handily won.
“As they look at the big boys on Wall Street, they look at the guys in Washington, they know that none of that help got down to average, everyday Floridians,” the former House speaker said. “In Florida, my case is going to be very simple: you have a clear establishment candidate in Mitt Romney.”
Responding to accusations that the GOP establishment sees him as erratic and risky, Gingrich said “they have really good reason to worry about an honest open candidate who has no connection to them, no investment in them.”
Gingrich also reflected on his Saturday win saying it sent two messages: voters are feeling “real pain” economically and that what “nobody in Washington and New York gets is the level of anger with the national establishment.”
Gingrich also defended his time consulting with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, reiterating his argument that he opposed giving them any more money and that the two failed housing giants needed more regulations.
He also responded to accusations from ex-wife Marianne Gingrich that he asked for an open marriage. “I’ve done things in my life that I regret,” Gingrich said. “I’ve had to go to God for forgiveness and reconciliation, but I’ve got a great relationship with my wife, a great relationship with my children.”