Gingrich says Romney desperate, punching wildly

AP News
Posted: Jan 24, 2012 8:19 AM
Gingrich says Romney desperate, punching wildly

Newt Gingrich is keeping up the heated tone of his debate exchanges with Mitt Romney, calling his Republican presidential rival a "desperate guy" throwing wild punches.

Gingrich on Tuesday said Romney was "outrageously dishonest" when he accused the former House speaker of lobbying for mortgage giant Freddie Mac. He noted that Romney himself was an investor in the government-backed mortgage companies. Gingrich told Fox News: "I don't own any Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock. He does."

During Monday's debate, Romney called Gingrich an influence peddler who promoted the interests of Freddie Mac while it was contributing to the mortgage mess that led to the nation's foreclosure crisis.

Meanwhile, Rick Santorum, behind in the polls, says he's happy to let the race's leaders point out each other's "severe flaws."