TAMPA (CBS/Miami/AP) – Looking forward to the Florida primary after his big win in South Carolina, Republican Newt Gingrich will make several stops in South Florida this to rally support.
Monday afternoon Gingrich is scheduled to attend a rally at The River Church in Tampa. That evening he’ll take part in a debate. He’ll spend Tuesday on the state’s west coast and on Wednesday he’ll make a stop in Coral Springs at the Wings Plus. He’ll also participate in the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Meet the Candidate” Forum at Univision’s Miami studios.
Gingrich will return to South Florida on Friday to attend the National Hispanic Endorsement Event in Doral.
Gingrich’s win in South Carolina made for three different winners in the first three states, with former Sen. Rick Santorum winning Iowa and Romney taking New Hampshire.
Gingrich’s campaign said it had raked in $1 million in the first 24 hours since South Carolina’s primary Saturday.
Chief rival Mitt Romney Romney has been calling Gingrich a lobbyist and demanded that he release consulting contracts related to Freddie Mac. Gingrich flatly denied lobbying on the firm’s behalf.
“It’s not true. He knows it’s not true. He’s deliberately saying things he knows are false,” Gingrich said. “I just think that’s what the next week will be like.
Gingrich’s work for Freddie Mac has come under scrutiny because of its role in the housing meltdown.
Gingrich said he has campaign lawyers working to make Freddie Mac records public; he said the decision rests with the Center for Health Transformation, which he founded but no longer owns. Two former Gingrich companies earned $1.6 million over eight years from Freddie Mac. Gingrich has said he only earned about $35,000 a year himself.
The battle over financial transparency has gone both ways.
For weeks, Gingrich demanded that Romney release his personal tax records. The businessman and former Massachusetts governor now says he will.
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