FILE - In this June 13, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney participate in a presidential debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Suddenly Mitt Romney is fighting a two-front political war. The Republican presidential contender has skated along for much of the year as GOP challengers surged and faded, but now he faces an unexpected, more serious threat from Newt Gingrich _ just as Barack Obama's team is sharpening its criticism of Romney, the president's likeliest foe next fall. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
(AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
The Mitts are off.
With New Gingrich soaring in the polls and presenting a grave threat to Mitt Romney's bid for the GOP presidential nomination, the former Massachusetts governor has dispatched his allies to portray the former House speaker as an untrustworthy, self-aggrandizing and irrational leader who is ill-suited for the presidency.