(CNN) - They may soon be fighting for the GOP presidential nomination, but for now Newt Gingrich is sticking up for Mitt Romney over his health care stance.
The Massachusetts health care plan enacted while Romney was governor of the state is often criticized by conservatives for its similarities to the health care bill passed by Congress last year. But former House Speaker Gingrich came to his defense.
"Governor Romney's made very clear that he favors absolute repeal of Obamacare and that he believes it's not accurate and not fair to try and compare the two," Gingrich said on CBN's "The Brody File."
Gingrich acknowledged that Romney's record will be "part of the dialogue."
"People will talk about my record and they'll talk about Mitt's record," Gingrich said. "Everybody's record will be up for grabs and it ought to be up for grabs."
He also mentioned the records of other Republicans including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
"You ought to have a chance to ask that person virtually anything and then render judgment," Gingrich told David Brody.
Gingrich, along with all the other mentioned names are considered potential 2012 presidential candidates.