Romney's rivals suggest he's not electable

AP News
Posted: Jan 08, 2012 9:27 AM
Romney's rivals suggest he's not electable

Mitt Romney's rivals are casting doubt on whether he's the strongest candidate to take on President Barack Obama.

The Republican hopefuls sparred on a nationally televised debate Sunday.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called the former Massachusetts governor's economic program "timid." Rick Santorum suggested Romney was a quitter who had walked away from his governorship rather than run for re-election.

Romney defended his record and said his business background would serve him well as president.

Gingrich pushed back at Romney's claim that he was not a politician, calling it "pious baloney."

Romney is strongly favored to win the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.