"Face the Nation" transcript: January 15, 2012

Below is a rush transcript of "Face the Nation" on January 15, 2012, hosted by CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer. The guests are GOP presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, Republican Senator Jim DeMint, and "The Obamas" author Jodi Kantor.

SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, there is a bad moon rising over the low country as the campaign hits South Carolina.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This coastal are is being hit pretty hard. The outer edge of the campaign struck around 6:00 this morning. And we've been slammed with robocalls and character attack ads.

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SCHIEFFER: Mitt Romney is still the frontrunner but Republicans and Democrats are making sure no one forgets that slip-up in New Hampshire.

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MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I like being able to fire people.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The good news is you're fired.

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SCHIEFFER: Newt Gingrich calls Romney the candidate even Republicans don't like.

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NEWT GINGRICH (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: If we end up splitting the conservative vote, we're going to stumble into nominating somebody that 95 percent of the people in this room are going to be very uncomfortable with.

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SCHIEFFER: Rick Santorum claims Romney is just a part-time conservative.

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RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I've run five times, all five times as a conservative. Mitt Romney has run three times, once as a liberal, once as a moderate, once as a conservative.

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SCHIEFFER: We'll talk to Santorum and Gingrich, and for context on how it's going, we'll bring in South Carolina's very conservative senator, Jim DeMint. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SEN. JIM DEMINT (R), SOUTH CAROLINA: It's kind of a last stand for a lot of the candidates so I think there are some that are desperate, and South Carolina gets the bankrupt of it.

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SCHIEFFER: All that plus Jodi Kantor, author of the controversial new book, "The Obamas." Why is the White House so upset about her book?

This is FACE THE NATION.

ANNOUNCER: From CBS News in Washington, FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER.

SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Newt Gingrich joins us from Charleston, South Carolina this morning.

Good morning, Mr. Speaker.

GINGRICH: Good morning. It's good to be with you.

SCHIEFFER: Thank you very much.

Mr. Speaker, Mitt Romney dumped a load of negative ads on you in Iowa. You responded by opening attacks on his veracity and his business record. Some Republicans are saying you're just doing Barack Obama's work for him. Are you uncomfortable with that?

GINGRICH: Well, look, none of those folks were complaining when Mitt Romney spent $3.5 million on negative ads in Iowa because they were for Romney. Now that all of a sudden somebody is willing to stand up to him and is willing to argue the other side of the case, they think it's unfair.

Whoever we nominate has to be prepared to take on Barack Obama, and the president already has $240 million in the bank. He plans a billion dollar campaign that will overwhelmingly be negative.

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