Updated 5:38 p.m. Eastern Time
Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney doesn't want to be cast as the only rich person in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
In the wake of his attempt to
"Newt Gingrich has wealth from having worked in government," Romney told CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford in an interview in New York. "He's a wealthy man, a very wealthy man. If you have a half a million dollar purchase from Tiffany's, you're not a middle class American."
Romney's comment both spotlighted Gingrich's wealth - his campaign earlier this year estimated his net worth at at least $6.7 million - and drew attention to how Gingrich earned the money. The former House speaker made millions as an adviser and influence broker in Washington after leaving Congress, including at least $1.6 million from government-backed mortgage giant Freddie Mac. (Romney has.) The former Massachusetts governor also made reference to
Romney was in New York for fundraisers Wednesday, prompting the Democratic National Committee to hire an airplane to fly over the Hudson river with a banner reading, "Bet you 10k Romney's Out of Touch."
More from the interview will be released on the "CBS Evening News" and CBSNews.com later today.
In a seperate interview with the New York Times Wednesday, Romney took a different shot at Gingrich, saying "Zany is not what we need in a president."
"Zany is great in a campaign. It's great on talk radio. It's great in print, it makes for fun reading," he said. "But in terms of a president, we need a leader, and a leader needs to be someone who can bring Americans together."
Gingrich responded by sticking to his (
"They should run their campaign the way they want to; I'm going to run my campaign the way I want to," he said.
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