(CNN) – Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann on Wednesday furthered the attacks on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich over his immigration policies, saying that he moves the most toward the left among the GOP presidential candidates.
"He probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates in the race," Bachmann said in an interview with "PBS NewsHour."
Gingrich made headlines Tuesday night in the CNN National Security Debate when he called for fewer restrictions against longtime illegal immigrants.
Arguing that the GOP should adopt policies that avoid breaking up families who have lived in the U.S. illegally for decades, Gingrich said he was "prepared to take the heat" for going against his own party.
"Let's be humane in enforcing the law, without giving them citizenship, but by finding a way to create legality so that they are not separated from their families," Gingrich said at the GOP debate in Washington, D.C.
His opponents onstage quickly pounced, saying that Gingrich's position amounted to amnesty and dismissed the rule of law.
On Wednesday, they continued the offensive, with Mitt Romney saying that Gingrich supports giving illegal immigrants a "special path" to citizenship.