Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R) pledged in the strongest terms yet Tuesday that he plans to mount a more aggressive campaign to defend against the millions in negative TV ads that his rivals and their supporters have run in Iowa and elsewhere.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

By day’s end, Gingrich’s strategy had already begun, with the campaign distributing a full-page ad scheduled to run in Wednesday’s Manchester, N.H., Union-Leader with the huge headline, “The Choice.”

The ad features a picture of Gingrich with the description, “Bold Reagan Conservative” – and a shot of Romney followed by the description, “Timid Massachusetts Moderate.”

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