DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is asking rival Mitt Romney to call off a group airing attack ads that have contributed to the former U.S. House speaker’s slide in the leadoff caucus state.

Iowa and New Hampshire House speakers endorsed Gingrich at the Iowa Capitol Wednesday, a show of force among GOP regulars before the Jan. 3 caucuses.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports from NH

The pro-Romney group, run by former top Romney political aides, began airing a new ad in Iowa Tuesday. The group will have spent more than $2.8 million on TV attacks this month.

WBZ-TV Political Editor Jon Keller reports from NH

Gingrich, who was interrupted by protesters at the Statehouse in Des Moines, said it would be nice if Romney either disowns the negative ads or admits they are part of his campaign.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

  1. BostonIrish says:

    Well, Newt, when it suits you it’s ok. When it doesn’t, it’s not. I really don’t think it’s a stretch to topple Newt in the primary. He’s more polarizing than Sarah Palin. And I bet he wishes he had equally good attack ads. Buck up. It’s politics.

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