As expected, Romney has taken the gloves off. “I won’t sit back without returning fire,” he said, the lesson from the attacks on him in South Carolina. About halfway into the debate, Romney has called Gingrich an “influence peddler” repeatedly, referring to his involvement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and has accused him of being a lobbyist. Gingrich defended his hiring as a “historian.” “They dont pay people 25K a month for six years as historians,” Romney said. “They weren’t hiring you as a historian.” Romney also continues to call Gingrich’s departure from the House a “disgrace.” Newt has anticipated these lines of attack and keeps swatting them away with obfuscation tactics.
- one question per reporter, then yield floor and microphone.
- followup question “may be permitted.” Then yield floor and microphone.
- “failure to abide” may result in suspension/revocation” of WH press pass.