Romney goes negative after South Carolina loss

Mitt Romney has spent much of the Republican primary season trying to stay above the fray both in debates and campaign advertising. Now he's changing his tone after losing Saturday's South Carolina primary to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Mitt Romney has spent much of the Republican primary season trying to stay above the fray both in debates and campaign advertising. Now he's changing his tone after losing Saturday's South Carolina primary to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.

Romney said on Fox News Sunday that Gingrich “spent 40 years in Washington as a congressman and a lobbyist” to counter Gingrich's contention that he's more of an outsider than Romney. The former Massachusetts governor also brought up a public service announcement Gingrich recorded with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a favorite boogeyman of conservative audiences.

Taking things up a notch today, Romney demanded Gingrich release records about his work for Freddie Mac, saying, “We could see an October surprise a day from Newt Gingrich.”

Meanwhile, on Meet the Press, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Gingrich was “run out of the speakership by his own party” and “has been an embarrassment to the party.”

If Christie is trying out for the vice presidential spot on a Romney general election ticket, he's showing he can clearly handle the “hatchet man” role.

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