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Newt Gingrich: surprised by "absurd" critics of Bain comments, talks of Romney "trap," retools Cuba-flight message

Republican Newt Gingrich admits he's surprised by the blowback over his criticisms of Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital. He says the "Massachusetts moderate" is hiding his record as governor and isn't being forthcoming about his job as a venture capitalist, either.

Gingrich said he was merely questioning Romney's record.

When told of the criticisms, Gingrich said: “This is an absurdity.”

“The over-reaction of people to questioning a presidential candidate’s record as though I was now engaged assault on free enterprise is one of the most absurd things I have ever seen," Gingrich said during a fundraising stop at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

He said Romney is trying to take credit for creating jobs but he's providing no evidence for it.

“What I would say to these people when they get all excited is: Have they even looked. Do they have any idea what they’re talking about? And the answer is no. Because there’s no public information,” Gingrich said.

“It’s a private company that doesn’t have any public information. So you get caught in this nice trap. He gets to assert it. Nobody gets to ask about it. And we’re supposed to trust him."

Gingrich also defended himself against charges from Capitol Hill Cubans that he was one of the "weakest" candidates on Cuba. Gingrich appeared to back away from comments attributed to him by Yahoo News concerning his failure to condemn Obama's decision to open flights to Cuba.

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