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Gingrich Slams Romney: You Didn’t Become A Career Politician Because You Lost To Teddy Kennedy

Newt Gingrich drew audible murmurs at Saturday’s debate by hitting Mitt Romney where it hurt by saying “the only reason you didn’t become a career politician is because you lost to Teddy Kennedy in 1994.” Romney had earlier argued that Gingrich was a career politician, “Speaker Gingrich has been in government for a long time.”

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“Now wait a second, wait a second!” Romney interjected.

“I’m just saying. I’m a citizen, I’ve served the country in many ways,” Gingrich added. “You’re a citizen, you’ve served the country in many ways. But it’s a bit much, you would be a 17-year career politician by now if you’d won.”

Later in the debate, Romney brought up Gingrich’s earlier jab, saying losing to Kennedy was a blessing in disguise.

“If I’d been able to get in the NFL, I’d have been a career football star.” Romney exclaimed. “…Losing to Teddy Kennedy was probably the best thing I could have done for the job I’m seeking…It put me back in the private sector.”

Watch Gingrich’s jab at Romney over losing to Ted Kennedy below via ABC:

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