A recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll in Iowa shows 43 percent of likely caucusgoers said Gingrich "has the best experience to be president," compared to 16 percent for Romney. They also trusted Gingrich more than Romney by big margins on handling the economy and immigration. Still, Romney is not viewed all that strong on these factors, so he's leaving himself vulnerable to attack, should Gingrich drop his positive pledge.
Less than a month before the Iowa caucuses, Gingrich is running ahead of Romney in polls in Iowa.
Romney now faces a dilemma: try to stop Gingrich with a full-throttle campaign in Iowa and risk falling short ahead of must-win New Hampshire or tentatively engage Gingrich in Iowa and risk allowing him to gain momentum heading into the first-in-the-nation primary Jan. 10.
Shannon McCaffrey in Greenville, S.C., contributed to this report.
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