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One Republican candidate reacting to requests to toned down attacks on the party's front runner.
Newt Gingrich is pulling back from statements he's made about Mitt Romney but still defends his right to question of former Massachusetts governor's business record.
Some of the Republican Party saying attacking Romney could hurt the party in the general election if he becomes the nominee running against President Obama.
Gingrich calls that criticism absurd.
Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford joins us now he is also a Fox News contributor.
Governor Stanford send her first of all do you agree with the premise that Newt Gingrich seems to have toned down.
His attacks on Mitt Romney and his business record.
-- I think that's absolutely accurate.
If you were to travel across South Carolina there's been considerable blow back to the hole.
Bain Capital attacked.
It it it just didn't fit.
You know capitalism inherently has winners and it has losers you know shot -- talked about creative destruction.
And there's certainly a lot of that in the end it in a free market system so.
I think that what's interesting though is South Carolina in essence is a cheap place to test ideas relative to media market like Florida.
And so I think that that was one of those tests I don't think you work all that well then they'll move on -- other attacks.
Interesting piece in the Atlanta journal constitution just today that suggests.
That despite -- genteel reputation of the South Carolina politics can get pretty vicious here's the quote.
It's no coincidence that heightened attacks have been launched in South Carolina.
A state that has long -- and cultivated a reputation for favoring a vicious brand of politics that.
The lies its other reputation as a bastion of southern manners.
That's not from some Yankee newspaper that's for -- Atlanta journal constitution what do you think about when governor.
Well it's a big city far off.
I would say two things that say one.
It you know I guess who the movie Jerry Maguire which should follow the money or shall -- the money or something along those lines.
But I think one it's a function of the cost of our media market the cost of buying it weeks were you -- thousand gross rating points.
Of television roughly a week's worth of television so to speak in south -- about 300000.
In in in in Florida it's about two million dollars and so I think again it is this the tax.
But part of it's driven by the pricing of testing ideas in this place vs other places that these candidates will go the other is much of it is in -- driven by.
Sort of the Hatfield and mccoys that you have a couple of different and long time political operatives that have run number different things in this state.
And it's no holds barred in their approach I don't agree with that approach I think it's wrong I don't think it fits -- a lot of folks come from in South Carolina.
That is certainly been the tradition here for the last.
Twenty -- rough for the roughly twenty years well and -- also sitting in this.
-- where the unemployment rate is higher than the national average pushing 10% or so right about now I think -- I imagine that any.
Charges that involved job losses -- might seem to resonate with south Carolinians.
Yeah and I think against South Carolina will be an interest in proving ground on that front -- in the national averages of you know.
-- 9% in terms of unemployment South Carolina it's it's almost ten floor is that you know above ten.
But if you look at Iowa and you look at New Hampshire you look at rates of five and six.
Roughly -- -- -- wrote you know of of the five and change in six change attribute percentage so I think this is going to be again a place where jobs the economy.
Are going to be really tested.
While at the same time you know -- -- Ron Paul has been doing surprisingly well on the deficit and anti Washington anti spending message set.
Jobs and economy definitely going to be too big issue agency -- -- -- well and be by the polls and say Mitt Romney that South Carolina is his to lose at this point.
I think that's accurate but I think that it's going to be much tighter race.
Then those polls now suggest I think -- -- really tighten up here over the next week Mark -- the former governor of bus South Carolina and a Fox News contributor thank you.
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