GOP presidential hopefuls head to Florida after Gingrich's stunning South Carolina upset

Monday, January 23, 2012 - 11:32am

In Tampa, Florida the stage is set for tonight's GOP presidential debate.

Taxes once again will be a key issue.

Rick Santorum says he'll release his this week, as will Mitt Romney.

After reversing his double-digit lead and losing South Carolina, Romney's hitting Florida hard,
reminding voters of Newt Gingrich's failed leadership in Washington.

"What's he been doing for 15 years? He's been working as a lobbyist. He's been working as a lobbyist, and selling influence around Washington," Romney told supporters Sunday.

Gingrich denied those charges on "Meet The Press", telling NBC's David Gregory "I was not a lobbyist, I was never a lobbyist, I never did any lobbying."

Gingrich, hinting at what he'll bring up at tonight's debate, insists Romney needs to give straight answers on Massachusetts' health plan and his investment firm Bain Capital.

"He is trying to cleverly hide behind an argument that no high school debater would ever let stand," Gingrich said.

Santorum says he's the only candidate so far who's won a state not in or near his own backyard.

Still, Santorum hasn't cracked the top of the polls yet.

Romney is leading most, though Gingrich surged ahead in the latest survey of Florida voters.

Ron Paul hasn't made Florida a key part of his strategy, and is largely skipping the state in favor of campaigning in other areas ahead of Super Tuesday.

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