Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Visiting a state where Newt Gingrich enjoys a commanding lead, Mitt Romney said Saturday he expected to peel off some of the former House speaker's tea party support as voters learn more about Gingrich's record.
Romney was making a two-day swing through South Carolina accompanied by Gov. Nikki Haley, who said she endorsed the GOP candidate in part because he had not worked in Washington.
Romney made that comparison explicit in remarks to the media in Charleston, hitting Gingrich for his work with troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac.
When asked whether Gingrich's work could be considered lobbying – a characterization Gingrich has strongly denied – Romney said he would let the lawyers decide.
"But you know, when it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, typically it's a duck," he said.
He again pointed to the $1.6 million Gingrich earned consulting with Freddie Mac.
"I think as tea partiers concentrate on that. For instance, they'll say, 'Wow, this really isn't the guy that would represent our views'," Romney said. "I think the tea party is anxious to have people who are outside Washington coming in to change Washington, as opposed to people who stayed in Washington for thirty years."
During a tele-town hall with Iowa voters the same morning, Gingrich said much of the compensation had been used to pay overhead for his Washington consulting firm.
Romney spread some blame onto Congress, as well, as he spoke at a town hall hosted by tea party-backed freshman Rep. Tim Scott on Saturday.
"It's hard to expect a bunch of kitty cats to all come together and march in lock step. That’s just not going to happen," he said. "So the only way to herd cats is to have a leader."
But he did not directly answer a question about Congress' vote Saturday to temporarily extend a payroll tax credit until after the holidays, instead blaming the president for "demonizing and attacking" rather than leading.
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I noticed that Mittens is also beginning to look like a duck.
There's nothing in the world that would make an intelligent person vote republican.
Is foreign owned media, Fox, now reporting that the pipeline project will create 20,000 jobs? I believe the truth is closer to 6,500 temporary jobs. Even 6500 is a big deal to the GOP who saw the elimination of 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years.
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Both of these men are dinosaurs , more of the same !
They both act like children arguing over the color of there car seats on a cross country road trip !
Flipper better lay off the cat comments or people will start remembering how strapped the family dog, in its carrier, to the roof of his car. It doesn't get much more psychopathic than that.
►Romney on whether Gingrich lobbied: 'When it walks like a duck...'◄
ginGRINCH on Romney's "Insane Bain" Hype: "Then it QUACKS like a duck..."
Right! Newt is a duck!
Which Mitt? The one FOR universal health care or the one AGAINST universal health care? Which Mitt anyway?
Gingrich can squeal, winnie and moo but a duck is a duck. I think Bachmann nailed him to the proverbial wall in the last debat. Sorry Newt you can't slip this one..Quack.
Lizard still ducking the payroll tax issue. He's running scared after telling the truth about the Ryan plan to kill Medicare. Wingnuts flee the truth. The GOBP wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full speed ahead.
Newtie is not going to help us defeat the Obama. Too much baggage, too many affairs , too many shady dealings... etc ...The Democrats would love for Newt to be the nominee..... Romney is the best bet and he can win over Tea party members and disgrunted Hillary Clinton voters.... ....as long as he reminds them a vote for him is a vote AGAINST OBAMA.... We cannot afford 4 more years of this radical. and his far left extremist positions .. .. ROMNEY/RUBIO 2012 !!
This so-called leader is a say-anything-to-get-elected "leader". Romney is a flip flopper. He will flip and flop to match the current rythm.
You have to be a total idot if you don't think grichrich wasn't lobbying. If you get payed in Washington to influence somebody in Washington , your lobbying , plane and simple, and I think It's a crime if your not registered which grinchrich isn't
Do these two dudes look mlike they are conservative with your money or their money?..Which is it?
He didn't really accuse the President of "demonizing and attacking" did he? How many times has President Obama demanded to see their birth certificates, called them Muslims, called them Nazis or Hitler wannabes, accused them of wanting to destroy America? Do they really think that THEY have been attacked and demonized?
Romneys unelectable, just ask mass. Residents, they wouldn't elect him dog catcher!!!
I posted this a few minutes ago and it is gone but basically of course Newt lobbied, no matter what you want to call it. He peddled influence for money. He is an expert at skirting rules for his profit as he has done for a very long time. Nothing new here and it would follow him into higher office, not a doubt in my mind. What an incredibly corrupt man he is.
I think for the first Mitt may be saying what he actually believes. it probably feels good.
Romny problem is some time he walks like a duck, sometime he walk like a chicken, some time he walks like a penguin, not sure what he is any more.
With "Trikki Nikkis'" 34% approval rating, in which I'm not included, doesn't sound as though she's doing him any favors.
Between her and Nick Zais, supt. of Ed., we're the laughing stock of America. Oh well, after 66 yrs.in this state one would think I'd become accustomed to it–NOT!
it is a matter of, will he get a pass, more than likely, due to to short memories by some for a certain segment
I guess that would go for trickle down economics as well. It doesn't work except in an ideal world which this isn't. If they can't figure out that the rich don't and won't spend to make that work, then they are more foolish than I thought.
And when you consider all of these poor excuses from the GOP for candidates, if it looks like BS, and smells like BS, THEN IT IS BS!
Would even Fannie Mae pay that kind of money for the professional historical judgment of a draft dodger who couldn't get tenure at a second rate southern school?