Sioux City Debate Part II: Freddie & Fannie, Newt & Michele

Ron Paul made the point he made in the last debate, saying “to go to work (for Freddie Mac) and get money from them, it’s literally coming from the taxpayer,” but Newt Gingrich and Michele Bachmann mixed it up pretty furiously in the second segment of tonight’s debate. 

Bachmann called Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “the epicenter of the mortgage financial meltdown.”

“The speaker had his hand out and he was taking $1.6 million to influence senior Republicans to keep the scam going,” she said. “…That’s absolutely wrong. We can’t have as our nominee for the Republican Party someone who continues to stand for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.”

Gingrich offered a sharp retort. “The easiest answer is that’s just not true. What she just said is factually not true. I never lobbied,” Gingrich said. “…I think sometimes people ought to have facts before they make wild allegations.”

Bachmann replied:  “You don’t need to be within the technical definition of being a lobbyist to still be influence peddling…in Washington, D.C.”

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