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Romney on Gingrich: 'Zany Is Not What We Need in a President'

3:31 PM, Dec 14, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The New York Times reports:

 Mitt Romney is sharpening his warning to Republicans about the consequences of nominating Newt Gingrich, declaring in an interview on Wednesday: “Zany is not what we need in a president.”

“Zany is great in a campaign. It’s great on talk radio. It’s great in print, it makes for fun reading,” Mr. Romney told The New York Times. “But in terms of a president, we need a leader, and a leader needs to be someone who can bring Americans together.”

With 20 days before the voting begins at the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Romney is intensifying his forceful attack on the credibility of Mr. Gingrich, who has emerged as his leading rival in the Republican nominating fight. He has shed his year-long reluctance against doing interviews, hoping to change the narrative surrounding his candidacy before the holidays.

There's a future attack ad in this, containing sped-up footage of Gingrich running around the trail with the Benny Hill theme overlayed. Romney staffers, get to work!

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