Gingrich tells Florida crowd he welcomes scrutiny

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2011 4:40 PM
Gingrich tells Florida crowd he welcomes scrutiny

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he expects media scrutiny in the coming weeks and welcomes it.

At a town hall meeting Thursday in Florida, Gingrich was asked what he would do about media bias against Republicans.

He agreed the media is biased. He also said he welcomes the scrutiny that's expected with his rise in the polls.

Gingrich is facing renewed scrutiny following revelations that he was paid at least $1.6 million for consulting work by housing giant Freddie Mac. In Florida, Gingrich said he did no lobbying or influence peddling for the federally backed mortgage agency.

The former House speaker refused to answer reporters' questions after the event.