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IOWA IRE: Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich greets Iowans as he arrives to speak to the Rotary Club in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday. The former House speaker questioned the conservative credentials of his chief rival for the GOP nomination. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

IOWA IRE: Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich greets Iowans as he arrives to speak to the Rotary Club in Dubuque, Iowa, on Tuesday. The former House speaker questioned the conservative credentials of his chief rival for the GOP nomination. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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