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Must Read Op-Eds for Tuesday, December 20, 2011

12/20/11 02:30PM

THE GINGRICH GESTALTBY MARK STEYNNATIONAL REVIEWWhat exactly is so conservative about the Newt Gestalt? When Romney dared him to return his Freddie Mac windfall, Gingrich responded by demanding that Mitt “give back all of the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain.” That’s a cute line if you’re a 32-year-old Transgender and Colonialism major trying to warm up the drum circle at Occupy Wall Street, but it’s very odd coming from the supposedly more-conservative candidate on the final stretch of a Republican primary. ... read more

Romney: I'm not a 'bomb-thrower' or a flip-flopper

12/20/11 11:59AM

Mitt Romney, on Morning Joe this morning, talks about why he isn't the "frontrunner" and addresses the criticism that he's a "flip-flopper": "The nice thing that people had to go for in my case is I have a record. I was governor for four years. You can look at my record and see what I did and my beliefs were evident in the actions that I took...  These experiences that I had as governor demonstrate a conservatism that I think people want to see. I ran for office and the positions I had four years ago are the same positions I'm campaigning on on today. read more

Fmr. Gov Mitt Romney, R-Mass., and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks with Joe Scarborough, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Time's Mark Halperin, and Mike Barnicle in the msnbc hallway.

Mitt Romney brings his campaign to Morning Joe

12/20/11 11:57AM

Mitt Romney pulled his campaign into Morning Joe today, and before his interview he chatted with Massachusetts' own Mike Barnicle, Joe, Mika, Mayor Bloomberg and Mark Halperin in the msnbc hallway.And perhaps most importantly...WE HAD REGIS! read more

Mitt Romney: I'm not a bomb thrower

Mitt Romney: I'm not a bomb thrower

12/19/11 07:00PM

2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney joins Morning Joe to discuss his poll numbers, the 2012 field, his Mormon faith, his record as governor of Massachusetts, and Newt Gingrich. watch