WASHINGTON -- Rivals trailing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich derided the two leading presidential contenders on Sunday as insufficiently conservative, each trying to find a second wind in the race to become the Republican nominee.
The nominating process begins Jan. 3.
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota combined the two leaders into a "Newt Romney" character. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas said Gingrich and Romney "come from the same mold." Texas Gov. Rick Perry said voters aren't looking for a fact-spewing "robot." All attempted to claw their way back into the campaign that has suddenly become a two-man race.
"Both of them have advocated for the health care mandate. In Newt Gingrich's case for 20 years. And in Mitt Romney's case he's the only governor in the United States' history to put into place socialized medicine," Bachmann said.
Bachmann spoke on CBS' "Face the Nation." Perry appeared on "Fox News Sunday." Paul spoke on NBC's "Meet the Press." Santorum spoke to CNN's "State of the Union." Huntsman was interviewed on ABC's "This Week." -- AP