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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich clearly shocked his CBS interviewers this morning. Asked whether his recent anti-Romney remarks amount to him calling the former Massachusetts governor a liar, Gingrich bluntly replied, “Yes.”

He then went on to explain to his stunned interlocutors that even though he was saying Romney would probably continue to lie to the American people were he to make it to the Oval Office, he’d still support Romney over Obama should the current frontrunner clinch the GOP nomination.

You can watch the whole exchange below. The relevant part begins around 3:00.

Asked on NBC’s Today Show on the morning of the Iowa Caucuses to name the “last significant business accomplishment you can point to, something recent,” Mitt Romney responded, “Why would I only have to do something in the last year to make it significant. I reject the premise of the question.” He then pointed to his broad business experience in the past.





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CLIVE, IOWA -- The small businessman who hosted and supports Mitt Romney here -- and makes a healthy portion of his living outsourcing manufacturing work to China -- has a message for his fellow businessfolk: Don't worry, Romney's tough talk on China is just that. Talk.

At his final rally of the penultimate day before the caucuses kick off here, Romney blasted China, as he has many, many times on the trail.

"I'll clamp down on China that's been cheating," Romney said. "They've been stealing our intellectual property, our designs, our patents, our know-how, our brands, they've been hacking into our computers. That has got to stop."

"I will stop it if I'm President of the United States," Romney said.

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CLIVE, IOWA -- Well, this is awkward. Mitt Romney, who's been on the trail recently talking tough on China, is making his last campaign stop of the day before the caucuses at a business that touts the way it outsources much of its manufacturing to China.

Competitive Edge is a firm headquartered near Des Moines that creates and sells promotional items with corporate logos. Romney's scheduled to make a campaign stop there at around 9:00 PM CT, as part of a day-long tour through the Hawkeye State in the run-up to Tuesday's caucuses.

What he may not mention: customers of Competitive Edge are choosing a company to make their promotional goods that brags about how much manufacturing work it sends to China.

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Tuesday's the day -- the first votes of the Presidential election will be counted as Republicans start the process of choosing their nominee. So what did the final numbers say? The two men in the lead, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) are stagnating as we approach the Iowa caucuses, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) is picking up support in a major way. All three candidates are essentially converging on each other with only hours left.

Polling released on Monday showed Romney and Paul battling over the top spot -- the two men were tied for first at about 22 percent in an InsiderAdvantage snap poll conducted New Year's Day with Santorum close behind. Another American Research Group survey showed Romney with a bit more room to breathe: the former governor had a five point lead over Paul and Santorum in data collected from late last week and the holiday weekend. In Public Policy Polling (D) numbers out on Sunday night, all the candidates were within two points, with Romney at 20, Paul at 19 and Santorum at 18.

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BOONE, IOWA -- What do you call a former fire-breathing Republican senator who's made his name with extremist social policy views? A uniter, not a divider.

Rick Santorum himself has been making this case somewhat, pointing to his victories in Pennsylvania as evidence that he can win over Democrats. In his latest ads, he promises that he's the most electable candidate in the race. At a Pizza Ranch here Monday, I spoke to a Santorum supporter and local tea party activist who said it's Santorum's ability to compromise that makes him the best candidate in the race.

It's a weird thing to hear in this purity-driven primary, and an even weirder thing to hear from a tea partier, whose natural enemy is compromise. But it's maybe a sign that Santorum's electability argument is connecting and could carry him ahead should he pull off the upset in Iowa.

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It may feel like we've had the 2012 election already, but actually it hasn't even really begun! Luckily that's all about to change within the space of a day, as Iowa Republicans go to their caucuses and cast the first real votes in the cycle. And the TV networks could barely restrain their anticipation.

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Mitt Romney revved up a packed crowd of hundreds of supporters in Marion Iowa with an optimistic expectation of tomorrow’s caucus results, via Buzzfeed:



We're going to win this thing with all of our passion and strength and do everything we can to get this campaign on the right track to go across the nation.

Newt Gingrich wants to set the record straight on Freddie Mac. After being slammed by the other candidates for a consulting gig he had with Freddie Mac, and the large fees he took from it, Newt plans to run an ad in New Hampshire and South Carolina to prove his opposition to the GSE’s bailout.

Via ABC, the candidate said:



“We have a great story” to tell about Freddie Mac “and will probably run an ad by the time we get to New Hampshire or South Carolina,” Gingrich said.

Gaffe-prone Rick Perry has done it again. On the trail in Iowa Monday, Rick Perry put the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in the wrong state, referring to the “the Bridge to Nowhere in Arizona.” Of course, the bridge was in Alaska — Sarah Palin’s state — not John McCain’s native state (h/t Huffington Post).

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