Romney Takes on Gingrich in Florida Debate

The GOP front-runners got tough in the latest primary debate.
2:54 | 01/27/12

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-- politics your voice your vote and that barn -- of the debate in Florida last night. The new poll showing Newt Gingrich pulling ahead of Mitt Romney the former front runner pulled out all the stops. Interest under mr. with a play by play and John -- strategy pretty clear from the start he hit hard and never let me off the -- You know good morning Giorgio. Mitt Romney just hired a debate coach in Maine and it showed last night he showed up with a -- -- full of zinger and he dumped them all. On Newt Gingrich. In the final debate before Florida votes Mitt Romney wasn't just imploded for -- he was loaded for mute. Unleashing on Gingrich for an ad that accused Romney of being anti immigrant -- the idea that I'm anti immigrant as repulsive. Don't use a term like that bonding -- just as prepared for a new line of attack from Gingrich that -- owned investments connected to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. So -- governor Romney in the spirit of openness should tell us how much money he's made off of how many households that have been foreclosed by his investments. -- -- -- -- -- Mr. speaker I know that sounds like an enormous revelation but if you check your own investments. You also have investments a mutual funds that also invested Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- Romney even managed to turn one and Gingrich's favorite tactics beating up the media on its head. On a question about the Romney's finance and. Is this is -- nonsense question. Would it be nice if if people didn't make accusations somewhere else -- there were where poor quality defender -- If Romney had an easy time with knew he did have some trouble with the facts including a question about a Spanish language -- I think Gingrich which Gingrich says it was misleading. Under the -- and you. -- -- Marty -- I doubt that's my -- but we'll take a look at find out it turns out it was Romney signed up. So I met rob I think that clears hits on Romney would not from Gingrich but Rick Santorum. On health care. But governor Romney just said is that government run top down Madison is working pretty well when Massachusetts and he supports it. Now think about what happened but that means going up against Barack Obama. Gingrich has been hit by a barrage of attacks from Republican leaders including Bob Dole who said. Gingrich had a new idea every minute in most of them were off the wall. But Gingrich did get some back up overnight. From -- -- -- They're kind of crucified this -- and rewrite history rewrite what it is that he has stood for all these years. Now debates were supposed to be Newt Gingrich is strong suit but last night it really just came off. As -- now how about what how bad was it my colleague ABC's John Carl ports when he -- Newt's campaign who won the debate. Basing that was a portion usually George you know campaign will say they want even if the candidate explodes on -- no matter what that is extraordinary income thanks very much of.

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