SIOUX CITY, Iowa (Reuters) -On Thursday Newt Gingrich was the target of attacks of his rivals for the Republican nomination for the presidential election of 2012 in the United States during the last debate before the kick-off primary.
Less than three weeks of the Iowa caucuses on January 3, Newt Gingrich makes the race slightly ahead in the polls in that state, to Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. But no one ventured to predict the winner of this first consultation process of the primaries, which will appoint the candidate to face Republican incumbent Democratic president, Barack Obama.
On Thursday Newt Gingrich’s rivals seized the last opportunity given to them to try to catch up on the former Speaker of the House of Representatives.
During the debate held in Sioux City, Iowa, Michelle Bachmann called the favorite in the polls of “lobbyist” for Freddie Mac, mortgage company threatened with bankruptcy during the crisis of 2008 and which contributed 1.6 million to Newt Gingrich.
For Michelle Bachmann, who hopes to spring a surprise in Iowa with evangelical vote Conservative, the money is evidence that Newt Gingrich used his position in Washington to defend the interests of a company yet in the heart of housing crisis the United States.
“We can not have a candidate of the Republican Party a person who continues to defend Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They must be closed and not reinforced,” said Michelle Bachmann, who, in the wake of the Tea Party movement , due to the reduction of the weight of the federal government a priority.