Gingrich: Romney ‘Did What He Had To Do’ To Win Nomination

After a tense Republican nomination contest that bordered on hostile at times, Newt Gingrich said he bears no ill-will toward former rival and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Thursday, Gingrich said Romney showed his political mettle in the campaign, particularly when the contest shifted to Florida in late January.

“Mitt Romney did what he had to do to become the nominee,” Gingrich said. “He’s worked at this six years…When he got to the crunch, he was tough enough and smart enough to beat me in Florida.” 


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