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GOP Establishment Tries to Rein in Newt

Conservative interests are pushing back at mounting attacks from Newt Gingrich that accuse Mitt Romney of looting companies when he headed the Bain Capital investment firm.

"Newt Gingrich's attacks on Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital are disgusting," Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement Monday night. "There are a number of issues for Mitt Romney's Republican opponents to attack him for, but attacking him for making investments in companies to create a profit for his investors is just wrong.''

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said Gingrich "is using the language of the left.''
 
The National Review weighed in on Gingrich's line of attack this morning, calling it "foolish and destructive.'' Former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg joined the anti-Gingrich bandwagon in an interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd. "We are a market economy,'' he said. Added Rep. Frank Gunta, sitting to his left: "I don't think (these attacks) belong in a Republican primary.''

Will Gingrich -- who once swore to run a positive campaign -- back off? Unlikely. A super-PAC bankrolled by his allies is already poised to begin a $3,4 million campaign tarring Romney as a ruthless corporate raider in South Carolina.

But in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe'' on Monday, Gingrich did say it was out of bounds to take Romney's comment Sunday at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast -- "I like being able to fire people''  --  out of context. Gingrich noted, correctly, that Romney was talking hypothetically about a sub-par insurance company, not about employees. Gingrich said he would not use those remarks in an attack ad.

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