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Afternoon Fix: Conservatives blast Gingrich for Bain attack

at 05:34 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Newt Gingrich isn’t feeling the love, American Crossroads is defending Mitt Romney, the origins of the Bain documentary are revealed and Dave Spence explains majoring in Home Economics.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Conservatives are not pleased with former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s attacks on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital record. This line of attack is already being used by Democrats; Gingrich and Perry are giving it bipartisan legitimacy. Rush Limbaugh is the latest conservative pundit to criticize Gingrich for going down this path.

* Texas Rep. Ron Paul today defended Romney for saying “I like to be able to fire people who provide services to me.” Paul told ABC News, “I think they’re unfairly attacking him on that issue because he never really literally said that … He wants to fire companies.” Paul also defended Romney’s Bain record, saying “They are either just demagoguing or they don’t have the vaguest idea how the market works.”

* The Republican super PAC American Crossroads defended Romney today against Democratic attacks over his approval rating, with spokesman Jonathan Collegio calling 25 percent "a floor, not a ceiling." The memo fueled speculation that Crossroads leans towards Romney. Collegio quickly followed up with a statement: "American Crossroads is, and remains, neutral in the Republican presidential primary.”

* President Obama named longtime civil rights activist Cecilia Munoz as the new director of the Domestic Policy Council. Formerly the White House director of intergovernmental affairs, Munoz has been a key liason for the administration on Latino issues, and her appointment might help shore up his support with dissatisfied Hispanic voters.

* Former Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) raised $1.1 million in the last quarter of 2011 in his bid to win his old Senate seat back. He has a little over $2 million on hand at the end of the year. Allen had $1.8 million in his pocket at the end of the third quarter, meaning that he netted $200,000 over the past three months — spending almost as much as he took in.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) is “taking prudent steps that anyone would to be a candidate” in the GOP Senate primary, he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch Monday night. As we wrote last week, Marshall came close to winning the 2008 nominating convention but would likely have difficulty winning a conventional primary.

* How did the super PAC supporting Gingrich put together that anti-Romney documentary so quickly? They didn’t. Republican operative Barry Bennett put the film together and shopped it around to various super PACs, using opposition research gathered on Romney during the 2008 campaign.

* Missouri Senate candidate Dave Spence was caught embellishing his resume a little. He says on his website that he has a degree in Economics from the University of Missouri; Spence’s degree is actually in home economics. The former plastics company owner told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he didn’t get into the business school and needed to graduate on time.

* Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who likes to bring in guest stars for his town halls, will host Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Saturday, Jan. 14th in Myrtle Beach. If you have a question for McDonnell, you can submit it here.

* What are you doing tonight? Obsessively following the results out of New Hampshire? Good, us too. We’ll be liveblogging starting at 8 p.m. eastern time; until then here’s five things to watch for and a town-by-town scorecard.

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