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Romney, Gingrich Look Backwards on Housing


** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** Palm trees are reflected in the water as the sun sets in Islamorada, the Florida Keys, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. The Florida Keys are at a crossroads, beset by shortages of high-paying jobs and affordable housing, rising property taxes, insurance and environmental concerns. Yet the move to "upscale" the Keys is gaining steam, a sign of growth that's commonly experienced by tourism-dependent communities. Such growth is leaving many Keys residents feeling priced out or ignored. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Republican front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were looking backward instead of forward in Thursday night's CNN debate when it came to the housing crisis that's plaguing Florida. It's a strategy that could cost either candidate against President Obama this fall.

The pair ended up castigating each other over who deserved more blame for sinking home prices. Neither man mentioned a single concrete proposal to improve the still-dire situation. They offered attacks, not solutions. 

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