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Gingrich, Romney tangle in Sunday debate
Gingrich goes after Romney, gets aggressive response in Sunday morning debate
By The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ' A combative Newt Gingrich accused Mitt Romney of "pious baloney" Sunday for saying he's not a career politician and charged him of hiding behind inaccurate attack ads aired by his allies in the race for the presidential nomination.

The Massachusetts governor fired back. "This ain't beanbag ... we're going to describe the differences between us," the Romney declared in the most intense exchange of a weekend debate double header in the run-up to Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

Romney won the Iowa caucuses last Tuesday by eight votes over Rick Santorum, and is the leader by far in New Hampshire polls.

South Carolina comes next, on Jan. 21, the first Southern state to hold a primary, and Romney pointedly noted that he has been endorsed by that state's governor, Nikki Haley.

Verbal attacks by Gingrich served as bookends to the 90-minute morning debate in which Romney strongly defended his standing as front-runner in the Republican campaign to pick an opponent to President Barack Obama.

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