Nightly News | November 30, 2011
>>> now we turn to presidential politics . the increasingly wild race for the gop nomination. a lot of political types will tell you in a way it's un- republican party . it's personal, messy, unsettled. sooner or later somebody has to emerge. while leaders have risen and fallen we get the first results from iowa in less than five weeks. until then it's mitt romney and newt gingrich trading jabs. herman cain looking like he's sticking with it while under attack. our report tonight from nbc's lisa myers .
>> how you doing?
>> reporter: with newt gingrich on the rise mitt romney today went on the air in new hampshire emphasizing that he's a creature of the private sector .
>> i spent my life in the private sector . i have competed with companies around the world.
>> reporter: in an interview romney took a shot at gingrich portraying the former speaker as a career politician and a washington insider.
>> speaker gingrich is a good man. we have different backgrounds. he spent 30, 40 years in washington . i spent my career in the private sector .
>> reporter: gingrich countered with a jab about romney 's wealth underscoring his own humble beginnings.
>> i haven't been as a successful as mitt romney , but when i babysat at fort reilly, kansas, and when i was a pin setter in a bowling alley , preautomatic machines. i set pins and worked as a gardener.
>> reporter: with the emergence of gingrich as romney 's main challenger, the vulnerabilities of both candidates were on display. romney became testy when pressed about mandating health insurance in massachusetts.
>> brett, i don't know how many hundred times i have said this, too. this is an unusual interview. okay. let's do it again.
>> reporter: gingrich rolled out some of his trademark incendiary rhetoric calling a judge an anti-religious bigot and suggesting michele bachmann is factually challenged.
>> the voters will be good over time as distinguishing between people who know facts and people who don't know facts.
>> the greatest danger to newt gingrich is success. when he's doing well he tends to exaggerate, make a big mistake .
>> reporter: as for embattled herman cain he proclaimed that stupid people are running america. lisa myers , nbc news, washington .