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Video: Newt Gingrich Calls Mitt Romney a Liar, Says He'd Vote for Him Anyway

| by Michael Allen

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said that fellow candidate Mitt Romney was a liar, but then added he would support him over President Obama.

At a Monday campaign event, Gingrich said: “Here is my simple tag line: Somebody who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president."

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In an interview Tuesday morning, CBS correspondent Norah O’Donnell asked Gingrich if he was calling Romney a “liar” (video below).

“Yes,” Gingrich replied.

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“You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?” O’Donnell pressed. “Why are you saying he is a liar?”

“Because this is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC – it’s baloney,” Gingrich said. “He’s not telling the American people the truth.”

CBS co-host Bob Schieffer wanted to know if Gingrich could support Romney if he eventually won the GOP nomination.

“Sure,” Gingrich said without hesitation. “I would support a Republican candidate against Barack Obama because I think Barack Obama is tearing the country apart.”

“You’re saying Mitt Romney would be a liar as president,” O’Donnell pointed out.

“Yes,” Gingrich agreed. “But less destructive than Barack Obama.”