Newt Gingrich Leads Charge Vs. Romney

GOP hopefuls again face off in New Hampshire debate on 'Meet the Press'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2012 8:29 AM CST
Gingrich Swipes at Romney
Mitt Romney points to the audience as Rick Santorum looks on before a Republican debate at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, NH, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A scant 12 hours after last night's debate in which Mitt Romney emerged largely unscathed, the Republicans who would be president are again facing off in New Hampshire, this time on Meet the Press with David Gregory moderating. Newt Gingrich answered the overriding question of whether the pack would again let Romney skate, Politico reports, drawing first blood by calling the frontrunner a "relatively timid Massachusetts moderate who even the Wall Street Journal said had an economic plan so timid it resembled Obama.”

“I just think there’s a huge difference between a Reagan conservative and somebody who comes out of the Massachusetts culture,” Gingrich continued, adding that Republicans must ask themselves "who's most likely to survive in the long run." Responded Romney, “One thing you can’t fool the people of New Hampshire about is the record of the governor next door." For live-blog coverage of the debate, check out Politico or the Washington Post. MSNBC has live video here. (More Meet the Press stories.)

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