SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- In advance of President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, potential GOP challenger Newt Gingrich says Obama should stop trying to blame his predecessor, George W. Bush, for the nation's economic troubles.
Gingrich told a crowd in Florida today, "This is the fourth year of his presidency." He said Obama "needs to get over it."
Gingrich, energized by his win in South Carolina on Saturday, drew a crowd of thousands today to an airport hangar in Sarasota.
His campaign announced today that it had pulled in $2 million, mostly online, since Saturday's win. And Gingrich is planning to boost his campaign account with a series of fundraisers this week.
Earlier today, Gingrich told Fox News that Mitt Romney is being "outrageously dishonest" in accusing Gingrich of influence peddling for the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Gingrich said that unlike Romney, he doesn't own any stock in Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae.
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