ORMOND BEACH, FL -- Mitt Romney upped his rhetoric against both Newt Gingrich and President Obama in his first Florida rally since losing South Carolina, looking to reassure anxious supporters who suffered through the campaign's toughest week yet.
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"We're not choosing a talk show host, we're choosing a leader," Romney said, saying that their nominee should exhibit "integrity," "sobriety," and "ethics."
He called Gingrich a "failed leader" as Speaker who "had to resign in disgrace" and criticized his work as a highly paid consultant for Freddie Mac in his years out of office. "He said he was just a historian there," Romney said. "I'd like him to release his records there."
For frustrated Romney fans, the Newt attacks couldn't come soon enough.
"Tell it it to him in the debates!" one person shouted as Romney began his attack monologue.
"Take the gloves off, Mitt!" another hollered.