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Joan Vennochi

‘Pious baloney’ is exactly that

WHEN HE mocked Mitt Romney’s “pious baloney’’ during their final New Hampshire debate, Newt Gingrich nailed his rival’s big problem down the road: It’s not Romney’s business record; it’s his lack of truthfulness.

Gingrich’s acid assessment came after Romney suggested that he didn’t run for reelection as governor of Massachusetts because it would be selfish to do so: “That would be about me,’’ Romney said during last week’s “Meet the Press’’ debate, eliciting eye-rolling from Rick Santorum - and a harsh retort from Gingrich.

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