TAMPA, Florida—Newt Gingrich brushed aside attacks from Mitt Romney on his ethics record and time working for Freddie Mac, calling his principal GOP opponent “desperate.”
“If you’ve been campaigning for 6 years and you begin to see it slip away you get desperate,” Gingrich said.
Taking the stage to The Heavy’s “How Do You Like Me Now,” Gingrich said he’s been practicing Ronald Reagan’s line that he used to deflect attacks from President Jimmy Carter. “There you go again,” Gingrich said to cheers from a crowd of about 150 supporters outside a church.
“It used to be pious baloney, but now it’s just desperate baloney,” Gingrich said, referencing a line from a debate earlier this month. “Perhaps he’ll be able to open a delicatessen.”