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He also addressed a report from one such source - The New York Times - that revealed that that the the former Speaker pushed lawmakers to consider clients for government contracts. Gingrich has adamantly denied lobbying on behalf of his clients, who paid him millions in consulting fees after he left Congress.
"Some elements of the press, largely the Obama reelection team, are determined to distort everything they can," Gingrich said.
But Gingrich played up his recent rise in the polls, and said that conservative voters were consolidating around his candidacy.
"It's clear that across the country, people are saying, you know, I think we need Newt Gingrich because we need somebody who can debate Obama, we need somebody who has actually done it before, we need somebody with very substantial big ideas," Gingrich said.
He also praised his fellow candidates, despite a day that saw Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Michele BachmannMichele BachmannNo-shows at GOP convention Clinton camp: Trump VP pick is 'divisive,' 'unpopular' Lobbying world MORE all take swipes at his campaign.
"I look at my friends and I think of them as my friends. I have one opponent, Barack ObamaBarack ObamaDem donor irked by Nordic dinner invite Five decades of Democratic convention memories First lady goes to bat for Clinton MORE," Gingrich said.