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2012 Roundup

Ron Paul called Newt Gingrich a “chickenhawk” for not serving in the Vietnam War.  Gingrich’s response, per Politico: “I had two children during that period. I never asked for a deferment. During the period I was a father and it was automatic.” This isn’t the first time Paul’s attacked Gingrich for not serving in Vietnam.

Gingrich told Laura Ingraham today that he could imagine working with Rick Santorum to defeat  Mitt Romney. “Of course. I mean Rick and I have a 20-year friendship, we are both rebels, we both came into this business as reformers, we both dislike deeply the degree to which the establishment sells out the American people,” Gingrich said, per Hot Air.

Gingrich continued to criticize Romney vigorously today, adding that “I find it amazing the news media continues to say he’s the most electable Republican when he can’t even break out in his own party.” And when a reporter asked him why he didn’t congratulate Romney, Gingrich dismissed the question as “rhetorical.”

Two-time New Hampshire GOP primary victor John McCain endorsed Romney today. Jon Huntsman, who has been ceaselessly toiling for votes in the state, responded bluntly to the endorsement: “Nobody cares.”

Romney put out a warm statement about Michele Bachmann’s decision to end her campaign:

Ann and I salute Congresswoman Bachmann. She ran a campaign to advance the principles of limited government that I hold dear. Michele is a friend and a strong competitor. Her tenacity on the campaign trail and her fierce intelligence in the debates have left me no doubt that, as advertised, she does indeed have a titanium spine. Michele inspires millions of Americans by the way she has lived her life, raised her family and served her country. With leaders of her caliber coming up the ranks, the future of the Republican Party – and the future of the country – is bright.

Bachmann, it should be noted, attacked Romney less than she did many of the other contenders.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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