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DAVENPORT, Iowa — Onetime Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich called on campaign rival Mitt Romney Tuesday to “just level with the American people” about his moderate political views.
Asked point-blank in a nationally broadcast network interview if he was calling the former Massachusetts governor “a liar,” the former House speaker replied, “Yes.”
In the interview on CBS’s “The Early Show,” Gingrich declined to predict he’d win Tuesday night’s Iowa caucuses, but said “I don’t think anybody knows who’s going to get what right now.” He said “I think anybody can come in first” because of a large number of Iowa voters who remained undecided on the day of the caucuses.
Of Romney, Gingrich was asked about previous statements he’d made accusing his opponent of lying. Gingrich assailed Romney for negative television ads that have hurt his standing in the polls, saying Romney has been disingenuous about large sums of money that a Super PAC has been spending on his behalf for the attack commercials.