Rep. Michele Bachmann slammed both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney for supporting what she called non-conservative policies, such as government mandates that people buy health insurance, supporting "cap and trade" environmental legislation, the $700 billion TARP bank bailout and an extension of the payroll tax cut.
"If you want a difference, Michele Bachmann is the proven conservative, not Newt Romney."
Gingrich reacted sternly. "Michele, a lot of what you say just isn't true, period."
Romney was more jocular, protesting her tying the two together.
"I know Newt Gingrich and Newt Gingrich is a friend of mine, but we are not clones," he said, to laughter.
— McClatchy Newspapers, Tribune Washington Bureau