Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s surprise rise has disrupted Mitt Romney’s carefully laid plan to lower expectations in Iowa, where Romney fought aggressively in 2008 but ended up losing.

Now Romney has been all but forced to try to derail Gingrich, the GOP’s leader nationally and statewide — and in doing so has made the outcome of the Iowa caucuses more important to the Romney campaign than he had wanted.

Mindful of the dilemma, Romney’s team is trying to find a middle way, aided by millions of dollars in television advertising by a political action committee that supports his bid to become the GOP presidential nominee.

With only three weeks until the caucuses, time is running out for Romney or his allies to influence the outcome.

 Read More at Official Wire By Thomas Beaumont, AP and Official Wire

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