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Mitt Romney: "With Newt Gingrich It Is An October Surprise Everyday"

Mitt Romney: "With Newt Gingrich it is an October surprise everyday. Let's make sure that we understand what was in the work product that he was providing to Freddie Mac. What was the contract? What did they pay him for? You don't pay someone $1.7 million just to write your history. Did he write the history? Let's see the work product? Did he lay out their history or did he instead talk about policy and provide access to people in power?"

"The Speaker has been working over the last 15 years on K Street in Washington, D.C. It is a form of influence peddling or lobbying depending on whose definition you want to use. Basically he is connecting corporations with government. And there is nothing wrong with that. It's just very different than the way he portrays himself as an author of big ideas. Big ideas like Freddie Mac giving mortgage guaranties to people who couldn't possibly repay those mortgages, that's a big idea. I don't think it was a very good big idea."

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