GOP presidential hopefuls mix it up in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Newt Gingrich’s rivals for the Republican presidential nomination are attacking the new front-runner as a lifelong Washington insider. In last night’s GOP debate, Gingrich fired back, telling Mitt Romney that the only reason he didn’t become a career politician was because he lost a Senate election to Ted Kennedy in 1994. The former Massachusetts governor conceded that was “probably true,” but quipped that if he’d achieved his childhood dream, he “would have been a football star” too. The six Republican presidential candidates split down the middle on legislation to extend a Social Security payroll tax cut into 2012. Romney, Gingrich and Ron Paul said they favored it. Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum said they opposed the measure.

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