Romney Goes After ‘Erratic’ Gingrich

    DES MOINES, IA - DECEMBER 10:  Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak at the ABC News GOP Presidential Debate on the campus of Drake University on December 10, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Rivals were expected to target front runner Gingrich in the debate hosted by ABC News, Yahoo News, WOI-TV, The Des Moines Register and the Iowa GOP.

    Kevork Djansezian

    Mitt Romney didn’t waste much time in the new week in going after new GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. The former Massachusetts governor said Monday morning on Fox News that Gingrich demonstrated “erratic outspokenness” when he called Palestinians an “invented people” last week. Romney said that tendency "may be great in a campaign but not great for someone running for president.” The Romney campaign simultaneously sent out an email to reporters calling Gingrich an “unreliable leader," as many pundits believe Gingrich came out on top in the Iowa debate on Saturday, and polls show Gingrich with a comfortable lead in the key states of South Carolina and Florida. Romney’s email singled out a public-service announcement Gingrich had done with then–House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on climate change in 2008, which Gingrich has characterized as the "dumbest single thing I've done in recent years."

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