TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) – Mitt Romney, whose favorite image of the race for the Republican nomination has been seriously dented by the victory of Newt Gingrich, South Carolina, has scored points by attacking the past of “lobbyist” of his nearest rival during a debate in Tampa, Florida on Monday.
A one week of the fourth stage of the process for appointing the opponent Barack Obama for president on November 6, Romney tried to reverse the trend by clearing a set of pikes against Gingrich.
The former Massachusetts governor, who won the New Hampshire primary, to win the Jan. 31 primary in Florida, one of the four most populous states of the country to remain competitive and maintain its status as favorite.
Erased by the virulence of Newt Gingrich in previous debates, Romney seems to have learned their lesson and muscular its communication strategy by making one after the other three remaining candidates on Monday.
“I learned something the last primary in South Carolina, and (every time) I received. And I will not sit back and be attacked day after day without responding,” warned Mormon billionaire.
“In the fifteen years since his departure from the chairmanship of the House of Representatives (Gingrich) has sold his influence in Washington,” he said.
“He said at least four things that are wrong,” the person immediately responded, accusing his opponent of not telling the truth.
Since the beginning of the campaign, the former chairman of the House of Representatives is attacked by his opponents who accuse him of having received $ 1.6 million for fees of mortgage giant Freddie Mac, in the heart of the 2008 financial crisis in the past.
Attacks against Gingrich have multiplied after his victory in South Carolina on Saturday, who beat the odds of making Romney the favorite of the primary campaign.
Under pressure from his opponents, his employment contract signed in 2006 with Freddie Mac was released a few hours of debate on Monday.
According to the 16-page document published by his former company, the fees amounted to $ 25,000 per month for 2006 alone.
“The company K Street Newt has finally released the contract with Freddie but only for 2006. Where are the missing years? It began in 1999,” responded a Romney adviser, Eric Fehrnstrom on Twitter shortly after the publication the contract.
“While families in Florida have lost everything in the real estate crisis, Newt Gingrich took advantage of the situation,” he points including one of his campaign videos.
On Tuesday openly embarrassed in previous debates by questions about his taxes, Mitt Romney promised to publish his tax return for 2010 and estimated taxes he must pay in 2011.
According to figures published after the debate, he will have to pay $ 6.2 million on $ 42.5 million in revenue in 2010 and 2011. Its tax rate was 13.9% in 2010 and 15.4%, far less than most Americans because revenues are primarily capital income less taxed.
The heated exchanges between Romney and Gingrich have largely eclipsed the other two remaining candidates, former Senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum, who won the Iowa caucuses, and Texan Ron Paul elected.