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Paul: Gingrich a 'flip-flopper' getting a 'free ride'

Texas Rep. Ron Paul doubled down on his criticism of Newt Gingrich saying the former House Speaker is a "flip-flopper."


PORTSMOUTH, NH -- Texas Rep. Ron Paul is doubling down on his criticism of ascendant GOP candidate Newt Gingrich, saying that the former House Speaker is a "flip-flopper" who is "getting a free ride" on his changing positions.

Speaking to reporters at a health food store in Portsmouth, NH, Paul said his campaign produced a harsh new anti-Gingrich web video to underscore that he's "a flip-flopper" whose political evolutions have been inadequately covered by the media. 

"I think that he's getting a free ride," the Texas congressman said of Gingrich. "And I've worked with him for a long time. And I think the points I made on the various issues, he's a flip-flopper, so he can hardly be the alternative to Mitt Romney."

"What I find is a shame is look at the amount of energy the media put into talking about sex," Paul said, alluding to the ongoing controversy about Herman Cain's alleged extramarital affair and sexual harassment claims. "And how much does the media put into exposing what Newt Gingrich believes and what he's done?"

Asked whether he believes Cain should drop out of the presidential contest, Paul declined comment but hit the former Kansas City Fed member on his 9-9-9 tax plan.

"i have no opinion about that. That's his own business," he said. "If he drops out I wish he'd drop out because he's proposing a national sales tax and he used to work for the Federal Reserve. That should have been enough from him to lose support and need to drop out."