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Newt Gingrich phones in defense over Freddie Mac income
Newt Gingrich phones in defense over Freddie Mac income

Newt Gingrich, whose campaign infrastructure is struggling to catch up to his popularity among voters, held his first tele-town hall this morning for Iowans. "Several attacks suggest I am not a solid conservative," he said, and he began the 30-minute call by ticking off his conservative bona fides. (Supported Ronald Reagan in the '80s. As House speaker, cut domestic discretionary spending. Helped achieve the first Republican House majority in 40 years. Abortion foe, etc.) Also under fire for accepting more than $1.6 million from mortgage giant Freddie Mac -- "the other big attack on me," he said -- Gingrich claimed the money was earned over a period of six years...

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