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Romney to Gingrich: Release Freddie Mac Report

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(GREENVILLE, S.C.) -- Mitt Romney for the first time called on former Speaker Newt Gingrich on Saturday to release the reports he wrote for Freddie Mac.

"Speaker Gingrich worked for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. By the way, didn't he say he was going to release information about his relationship there?" Romney asked at a drop-by event at his campaign headquarters in Greenville. "Let's see what report he wrote for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, what the conclusions were and what the contract looked like. I thought he said he was going to do that. And let's have him describe his relationships in Washington."

Romney said Gingrich, who has maintained that he was a "historian" for the mortgage lender during the 2000s despite receiving $1.6 million over nine years in consulting fees should release the reports.

"He also said that he was one of the authors of the Reagan revolution economically and created these jobs. Now that we’ve looked at the Reagan diaries and seen he's mentioned only once and in a way where Reagan said he was wrong, I'd like to see what he actually told Freddie Mac," Romney said. "Don't you think we ought to see it? This is a big issue. We've got Washington insider talking about Freddie Mac, let's see what his report was to Freddie Mac, what he said to them, what advice he gave them," said Romney.

Romney's request comes as he has spent the week explaining why he will not release his tax returns until April, an issue that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley brought up during the event on Saturday morning.

"All this issue about the tax returns, he’s doing it, he's going to do it in April, he's going to show 'em, and what we're going to see is he was successful. We’re going to see that he paid on time," Haley said.

Romney also said he wished he'd been invited to join the conference call President Obama hosted last night with donors to solicit ideas for his State of the Union address.

"I wasn't invited on the call, but it was unfortunate, because I would have had a lot to say," Romney said. "First, I would have told him, isn't it time to actually put together a plan to create jobs in America?"

When a woman nearby yelled something about Obama's "cash for clunkers" program, Romney turned her remark into a new catch phrase.

"Yeah, that's right, he had a plan to get the whole economy going, cash for clunkers," Romney replied. "So we're going to, that's not a bad idea, Obama is the clunker. We don't need cash to get rid of that clunker, we just need votes."

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Romney Asks for a More Decisive Win in New Hampshire

ABC News(DERRY, N.H.) -- In an early morning rally just outside Manchester, Mitt Romney asked New Hampshire voters to deliver him a greater margin of victory than Iowans did, receiving an enthusiastic response from a crowd of hundreds that filled a school's gymnasium.

"Fresh from that landslide in Iowa, maybe can we double that number?" Romney asked the crowd, who cheered in response. "You know instead of an 8 point margin maybe 16? I sure hope so I wanna win."

Joining Romney on stage was South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who Romney has campaigned with over the past few days in the south.

Haley urged the crowd to send Romney to the South Carolina primary with a victory.

"Get excited New Hampshire because this is what I need, we don't just need a win in New Hampshire, we need a landslide in New Hampshire," said Haley. "Let me tell you why we need the landslide, because guess where he’s going next? He's going to South Carolina."

"Mitt Romney's going to win South Carolina, by the way," she said. "But let’s make it a little bit easier for him and let’s get out and go tell ten people to get out."

Romney was joined by his wife Ann and his eldest son Tagg as well as several of his grandchildren. He spent more than 20 minutes shaking hands and signing autographs to supporters, handed more than once the latest issue of Time Magazine, which bears his photograph and the headline, "So you like me now?"

In December the magazine published an issue with Romney's image and the headline, "Why don't they like me?"

Signing the glossies, Romney quipped, "They got it right this time!"

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Gov. Haley, Unfazed by Romney’s Faith, Makes Endorsement Official

Chris Keane/Getty Images(GREENVILLE, S.C.) -- In a standing-room only fire station in South Carolina Friday afternoon, Gov. Nikki Haley made her endorsement of Gov. Mitt Romney official, declaring that he is “already a leader” who is ready to take over the White House.

“I am very impatient by nature. And it is not what you say, it’s what you do. I wanted someone who had proven results,” said Haley, who appeared with husband Michael and Ann and Mitt Romney. “[Romney] is no longer a candidate trying to win. He’s a leader who knows what he wants to do his first day in office and is ready to do it.”

The Haleys and the Romneys took the stage to a rock star-like reception, the crowd cheering as Haley asked supporters to deliver a “South Carolina welcome.”

“It is with great pride, great respect, great support, that Michael and I are very proud to say that we are endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney for President of the United States,” Haley said.

“When we did the process of elimination, one thing I knew we couldn’t have is anyone associated to the chaos, which is Washington D.C.,” she said. “So we started eliminating from there and when I was looking at Gov. Romney, it’s not about what he’s said, it’s what he’s done.”

Haley described a meeting with Romney, during which she told him she had some “tough questions” to ask him. She said she wanted to be assured that he wouldn’t let an individual health care mandate come to South Carolina, and he did.

“The icing of the cake was the one candidate President Obama continues to go after is Gov. Romney, and that says something,” Haley said of making her decision to back Romney. “That says that’s who he considers to be a real threat.”

Romney was gleeful during Haley’s endorsement, explaining how he woke up this morning in Iowa with a “huge smile on his face” that grew even larger when he saw Haley on Fox News during his morning workout talking about endorsing him.

Haley’s own poll numbers in the state call don’t show overwhelming popularity, though. The latest numbers from Winthrop University show that her approval rating among registered voters is at 35 percent, which is lower than President Obama’s 45 percent approval rating. Among Republicans, Haley’s approval rate is just over 50 percent.

Even so, Romney was downright giddy about the endorsement.

“We’ve been hoping for this for a long, long time,” he said.

Haley, asked later by the press whether she believes Romney’s Mormon faith will be a factor among the evangelical voters in the Palmetto State, she said that it was “not going to be an issue.”

“The reason I know why [it won't be an issue] is because South Carolina just elected a 38-year-old Indian female for governor of South Carolina,” Haley said. “What the people of South Carolina care about are values, and family and faith and what you do and results and I think you can look at the Romney’s and you can see this is a family of faith, this is a family of values, and a source of pride for anything they’ve ever done. I have faith in the people of South Carolina, that’s not going to be an issue.”

Haley explained Speaker Newt Gingrich’s sudden rise in the polls in South Carolina as a result of his campaigning in the state and added that she and Romney have discussed their own campaign strategy in the state.

Haley will join Romney Saturday at two town halls, in Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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