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Newt Gingrich’s campaign is rolling out a mailer in South Carolina that assails Mitt Romney’s record on abortion.

The two-sided mail piece, which decries the GOP frontrunner for promoting “pro-abortion” policies as governor of Massachusetts, contends that Romney “appointed a pro-abortion judge to the bench” and included “taxpayer funded abortions” in his much-maligned healthcare bill.

The “pro-abortion” line of attack is a continuation of a television ad the Gingrich campaign aired in South Carolina earlier this month that advanced the same arguments against Romney.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner provided the following statement in response to news that the State Department has decided not to go forward on the Keystone XL pipeline:



President Obama is about to destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and sell American energy security to the Chinese. The President won’t stand up to his political base even to create American jobs. This is not the end of this fight.

Mitt Romney, at an appearance in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is drawing a contrast between President Obama and himself. “I feel under attack” by Obama’s policies, especially concerning business, Romney said.

The Rev. Huey Mills, pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Lancaster, SC, has released a statement backing Rick Santorum and urging fellow evangelical Christians to oppose the nomination of Mitt Romney. In an emailed press release, Mills said:



"In obedience to the Judeo-Christian Scriptures, most South Carolinans and I have a sane and healthy homophobia, while Mitt Romney has a very bad case of homophilia; the man very clearly endorses dangerous, unhealthy homosexual conduct. Romney actually proclaimed gay youth pride days as governor of Massachusetts."

""The Word of Almighty God, from the Books of Moses to those of the Apostle Paul, commands faithful Jews and Christians to be homophobic. Carolinans have a God-fearing homophobia, while Mitt Romney wrongly endorses homosexuality as a good choice for our young people. Mitt Romney proved during the recent Meet the Press debate that he's just as liberal on the gay agenda as he always has been. In 1994, he said 'I think the gay community needs more support from the Republican Party,' while at January 8 debate, Romney proudly announced, 'a member of my cabinet was gay. I appointed people to the bench regardless of their sexual orientation.' When asked when he last stood up and spoke out for increasing gay rights, Romney said 'Right now.' That Yankee is hopelessly left-wing on homosexuality."

It’s one poll from a short time period, but a new Rasmussen national survey shows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich making a big move in the Republican primary race compared to his latest performances in public polls. The new Ras, a snap poll conducted Tuesday, shows Gingrich just three points behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who leads the sample with 30 percent.

The one major change in the race was Gingrich’s impressive performance in Monday night’s debate in South Carolina. Newt has been in a free fall since he was hammered by negative ads in Iowa, eventually finishing only fourth in both the Hawkeye state and in New Hampshire. Without the money to effectively respond on TV, Gingrich has made the most of the debates, and he didn’t miss on Monday night. A Ras poll of South Carolina showed him down 14 in the state during the day on Martin Luther King Day, but if Wednesday’s national numbers are any indication, he may be looking at a resurgence.

The TPM Poll Average of the national GOP race shows Romney with about a nine point lead, but Gingrich starting to close the gap again:





Things are heating up in South Carolina. Here are the 10 things you need to know today.

  • Quinnipiac has Obama beating Romney in Ohio and New Jersey: Quinnipiac will release two polls Wednesday. The first, of the GOP candidates in Ohio, shows Romney leading other GOP candidates in the state with 27% of the vote, but losing to President Obama 42% to 44%. The second poll, of New Jersey voters, has Romney leading the pack with 41% while a distant second place goes to Santorum with 15%. Obama still beats Romney there 48%-38%.
  • Romney Running Away With It In South Carolina: Rasmussen's latest poll has Romney with a big lead in the Palmetto State. Romney gets 35%, with Newt Gingrich 14 points behind in second with 21%. Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are locked in a tie for third with both earning 16 percent. The TPM Poll Average in South Carolina has Romney besting Gingrich by 13 percentage points.
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With three days to go before the South Carolina primary, the Mitt Romney campaign is taking on Newt Gingrich with a ferocity not seen in weeks.

On Wednesday, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) and former Rep. Susan Molinari (R-NY) — both of whom served under Gingrich as House Speaker — excoriated their old leader on a conference call hosted by the Romney campaign.

Their appearance on the call is part of a new rollout of negativity against Gingrich by the Romney campaign featuring web videos by the pair at the Romney website UnreliableLeader.com. Here’s Talent talking about Gingrich’s “erratic behavior” from the 1990s:



Though Newt Gingrich is up in arms against private equity and Bain Capital in attacking Romney, he has also heaped praise on the industry in the past. From Bloomberg Television, Paul Levy, private equity firm manager at JLL Partners, recounts an event where Newt Gingrich was paid $40,000 to speak and “praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it.”

From the Bloomberg interview:



Newt Gingrich spoke at my annual meeting two years ago, we paid him $40,000, and this gentleman praised private equity more fulsomely than I could ever do it. I can give you a copy of the check. We paid to the Washington Speakers Bureau for Newt Gingrich to come and speak. He was great. He gave a great evening. Everybody had fun. He fielded a lot of questions. He gave us a lot of time. But nobody praised private equity, risk taking, capital more fulsomely than Newt Gingrich.

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