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Are Democrats salivating at facing the guy winning - or at least perceived, by the media, to have the best chance of winning - the Republican presidential race?

Yes, Rush Limbaugh says.

The radio host is one of several prominent Republicans who believe the party would stand a better chance with a less vanilla candidate - and Democrats know it.

"The Democrats are afraid of any candidate they have sought to destroy. You can start with Sarah Palin, you can move on to Santorum. Any - any conservative who shows any interest - the Democrats set out to destroy," he said.

"That’s who they’re genuinely afraid of. They are not hammering Mitt Romney at all, and (Democratic strategist) Donna Brazile let the cat out of the bag. Don’t doubt me."

Do you agree with Limbaugh's point? Makes you wonder if Ron Paul were leading polls, how the White House and other prominent Dems would react.

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Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, is striking a populist tone as he looks to fight back against Mitt Romney, the frontrunner in the Republican nomination fight.

In a bid to discredit Romney's economic expertise - the strength of his candidacy, besides perceived "electability" - Gingrich lambasts him for firing people and ruining lives.

In a manner of speaking, of course.

Insisting he is “totally for capitalism,” Newt cited Microsoft for becoming “extraordinarily rich” by “providing a service” while firms such as Bain strip companies down for profit.

It's unclear if this will resonate with voters, but a pro-Gingrich PAC, Winning Our Future, produced a movie about Mitt's tenure at Bain to make its point. Here's the trailer:

A deluge of pro-Romney PAC ads have drawn fire from Newt Gingrich in recent weeks. Now it seems the one-time national frontrunner is firing back in kind.

Time will tell if this line of attacks pays dividends, but it almost seems better suited to a Democratic National Committee ad, not one from a fellow Republican.

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Probably not the best word choice, Mitt, regardless of context.

The frontrunner in New Hampshire since, oh, 2009, Mitt Romney will likely win today's GOP primary, according to polling estimates. But the former Bain Capital CEO is still under fire over a comment he made Monday on the campaign trail.

Talking about how he wants to allow people to shop for their own health insurance and to change insurers if they aren't happy with them, Romney said he likes being able to fire people who don't provide adequate business services.

While Mitt's remarks don't imply he wants to lay people off en masse, this is not exactly a great quote from a guy branded as a corporate raider who laid people off en masse:

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Multimillionaire Mitt Romney, a wealthy venture capitalist who has refused to release his tax returns while running for president, has a tougher time than some candidates forging a common-man connection with primary voters.

Case in point: This moment in New Hampshire yesterday.

Romney said during a rally, “I know what it’s like to worry whether you’re going to get fired. There were a couple of times I wondered if I was going to get a pink slip.”

Cute pundits and political opponents’ eyes rolling en masse:

A Romney spokeswoman  had no specific dates or jobs to support this claim, but said his “pink slip” fears occurred “while he worked his way up the career ladder.”

University of New Hampshire political science professor Andy Smith said: “He’s trying to identify with regular folks, but he’s seen as somebody who’s wealthy.”

The former Bay State governor, dubbed a “career politician” by his rivals, also sought to play down his long-held presidential ambitions at Exeter High School.

“I never imagined I’d get a chance to run for president,” said Romney.

At the same rally, Romney faced Occupy protesters chanting “Mitt kills jobs.” On the sump with him, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie responded as only he can.

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If nothing else, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie always livens things up.

Campaigning in Iowa last week on behalf of Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, he threatened to return "Jersey style" if the state's caucus-goers let him down.

Yesterday in New Hampshire, he handled some hecklers in typical fashion. While he didn't threaten to have them whacked, he did smack them down, Jersey style.

After a chant broke out involving Christie killinh jobs, he turned it right back around ... with a reference to oral sex. Romney could not have looked more uncomfortable.

Listen to the exchange between Christie and his hecklers below:

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Mitt Romney has a sizable lead in most New Hampshire polls heading into the first primary of the Republican nomination race, but did he take on water today?

With the election set for Tuesday, Romney is expected to win, with Ron Paul in second in every survey to date. Thus, the rest of the field is playing catch-up.

Newt Gingrich, in particular, took Mitt to task today twice over:

  1. Romney's insistence that he is not a career politician
  2. His connection to Super PACs running attack ads

After Rick Santorum asked Romney why he didn't run for reelection in 2006 if he was such a successful governor, Newt told him to cut the "pious baloney."

Later, Gingrich chastised the deluge of negative ads run by pro-Romney PACs, and specifically Mitt's failure to disavow them in a public setting. Watch:

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GOP candidate and frontrunner Mitt Romney emerged largely unscathed from Saturday night's debate in New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Tuesday.

At one point, though, he fielded a question from ABC News' George Stephanopoulos about the constitutionality of contraception and his view on Roe vs. Wade.

Asked if the constitution permits states to ban contraception, Mitt was a bit baffled - even asking Ron Paul for clarification in one of the best lines of the night.

Mostly, however, he seemed baffled at why such a question was even asked (and likely wasn't alone there). Watch the lengthy, awkward back-and-forth below:

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Honest mistake or Freudian slip?

Sen. John McCain mixed up Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who he endorsed this week, in a campaign appearance on the latter's behalf.

Speaking on Romney's behalf in South Carolina, the 2008 GOP nominee opined that he has little doubt President Obama will get the country going again.

Pretty funny.

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Normally unflappable Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney got into it with The Associated Press' Glenn Johnson today after basically being called a liar.

While attempting to brand himself as a Washington outsider, Mitt enjoys strong support from the GOP establishment, as well as lobbyists, Johnson pointed out.

Their exchange grew very testy after Johnson pressed Romney on whether one major lobbyist runs his campaign. Mitt insists the lobbyist is merely an "advisor."

Watch the video of the back-and-forth below:

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Timid.

That sums up Mitt Romney in one word, according to Newt Gingrich, who touts himself as a bold, conservative leader for America's future in this new ad spot.

Coming out hard after Romney derailed him in Iowa, where he once held a sizable edge, Newt calls Mitt's economic plan "timid" and "virtually identical to Obama's."

Gingrich, despite a disappointing fourth-place finish in the first Republican caucus of the primary season, is showing no signs he'll drop out, at least for now.

"Timid won't create jobs, and timid certainly won't defeat Barack Obama," the narrator says, quickly delivering on Gingrich's promise to draw a sharp contrast.

"Newt Gingrich's bold leadership balanced the budget, reformed welfare and helped create millions of new jobs. The Gingrich jobs plan is a powerful plan to grow our economy and create jobs, rebuilding the America we love with bold conservative leadership."

You buying it?