Florida Primary: Mitt Romney Focuses on Housing Crisis, Attacks Newt Gingrich on Freddie Mac Ties


"I didn't hear him making those warnings to the nation. He should have if he was working inside this industry providing counsel to them," he said. "He was the one who said if you made money on this failed model that you ought to return that money."

A new television ad released by Romney today follows the same line of attack.

"While Florida families lost everything in the housing crisis, Newt Gingrich cashed in," the ad begins, slamming the former House speaker's for reportedly receiving between $1.6-$1.8 million from Freddie Mac.

Restore Our Future, the Super PAC supporting Romney, has already been attacking Gingrich for nearly a month in the Sunshine State.

Gingrich has said that the decision to release his contract is in the hands of his former company, the Center for Health Transformation, and he denied once again that he did any lobbying.

Connecting with people in a state that has one of the nation's highest unemployment rates will be a tough job for Romney and Gingrich, both of whom are millionaires.

Jobs are a prime agenda for Floridians. Only four other states – California, Nevada, Mississippi and Rhode Island -- have an unemployment rate higher than Florida's while Illinois and North Carolina are tied. For Romney, that challenge is magnified even more. The former governor has said he would release his tax records on Tuesday, which would, on one hand, satisfy his rivals' demands, but on the other hand, could expose the amount of wealth he has, which his competitors could use to present him as disconnected with voters.

Gingrich and Romney go head-to-head tonight for the first time in Florida in an NBC News debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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