Gingrich Leads Romney in Iowa

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich breaks from the GOP pack.
1:57 | 12/06/11

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A politics your voice your vote and our brand new ABC news Washington Post poll showing -- -- Gingrich has opened up a commanding lead in Iowa. And nationwide he's riding a wave of momentum racking up twice the support of Mitt Romney. Just four weeks before the first votes in Iowa and four days before the top Republican contenders come together for our ABC news debate. As Jake Tapper reports that surge has brought new scrutiny -- the former speaker. Because clear front runner Newt Gingrich enjoys his stunning new status. His opponents and skeptical conservatives are just now beginning to unleash the hounds of hell on his record he's demonstrated himself to be -- very essence of the Washington insiders congressman Ron -- taking to the airwaves to land based Gingrich for being paid one point six million dollars by mortgage giant Freddie Mac and in the years leading up to the housing and economic crisis it's about serial hypocrisy and. ABC news Washington Post poll one of Gingrich's greatest strengths where he beats Mitt Romney -- -- one. Is standing up for what he believes. -- that's exactly what his opponents are attacking. His beliefs. You take a look at the top contenders. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich it's very hard for Tea Party -- to see them as the consistent conservative. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann today for trade Romney and Gingrich -- two peas in a liberal pot I would love. To have him convince me that I'm wrong and in a phone interview today with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and Gingrich was challenged for being too moderate on the role of government regulation and the government. Scares the crap out of me. And I think most. Tea Party kind of leaning. Conservatives. There are minimum regulatory standards -- -- public health and safety. Letter -- I think -- import. That was a civil exchange -- compared to the blistering attacks he's likely to face. At Saturday night's ABC news debate.

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