Romney hits hard: Newt is a "failed leader" who "resigned in disgrace"

In addition to hitting Gingrich on his ethics fine, Romney repeated his call for the former speaker to release the records from when he acted as a consultant for the mortgage company Freddie Mac.

“Over the last, what, 15 years, since he left the House, he talks about great bold movements and ideas. Well, what’s he been doing for 15 years? He has been working as a lobbyist. He was working as a lobbyist and selling influence around Washington,” Romney said. “He was working for Freddie Mac — heard of those guys? He says that he’s just been a historian, I would like him to release his records, what was his work product?

“What was he doing at Freddie Mac?” Romney went on. “Because Freddie Mac figures prominently into the fact that people in Florida have seen home values go down. It’s time to turn that around.”