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MSNBC: Gingrich campaign plays defense on ties to Freddie Mac

On November 10, 2011, MSNBC‘s First Read reported:

Newt Gingrich found his past work with Freddie Mac under scrutiny during last night’s presidential debate, where the former House Speaker denied ever having lobbied for the mortgage giant.

CNBC debate moderator John Harwood pressed Gingrich as to why his firm received $300,000 from Freddie Mac in 2006 — two years before the mortgage finance company was forced into government conservatorship under the weight of subprime loans. The question was maybe the toughest Gingrich has received this campaign cycle.

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