The New York Times reports on comments Mitt Romney made today in South Carolina:
When asked if former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, had acted as a lobbyist for Freddie Mac, Mr. Romney first demurred, before hinting at his true beliefs.
“I’m going to let the lawyers decide what is and is not lobbying,” he said. “But when it walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck, typically it’s a duck.”
Gingrich cited “the extraordinary negativity of the campaign” during a call from Washington with Iowa supporters. He said he was inclined to hold teleconferences every few days so people can discuss ideas and his campaign can “encourage them to raise any of these things that you get in the mail that are junk and dishonest.”
Gingrich also addressed the Freddie Mac claims:
“I just want to set the record straight,” Gingrich told his Iowa backers. “We were paid annually for six years, so the numbers you see are six years of work. Most of that money went to pay overhead — for staff, for other things. It didn’t go directly to me. It went to the company that provided consulting advice.”