Rivals Turn Up The Heat On Romney Before N.H. Primary

A standout outside Mitt Romney’s campaign headquarters in Manchester, N.H., Saturday (Dominick Reuter for WBUR)

With just a day to go until the New Hampshire primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is finally coming under real attack from his Republican challengers.

In a Sunday morning debate on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich called Romney “a timid Massachusetts moderate” and ridiculed him for suggesting he left the governorship for any other reason than to run for president:

You didn’t have this interlude of puff citizenship while you thought about what to do, you were running for president while you were governor, you were going all over the country, you were out of state consistently, you then promptly re-entered politics, you happened to lose to McCain, as you had lost to Kennedy. Now you’re back running.

You’ve been running consistently for years and years, so this idea that suddenly citizenship showed up in your mind, just level with the American people. you’ve been running for at least since the 1990s.

Dante Scala, who runs the political science department at the University of New Hampshire, joined Morning Edition to discuss Romney’s position in the Granite State coming out of the weekend.

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