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.”
“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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