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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says he and his wife are “very frugal,” live within their budget and have no debts.

But the former House speaker is keeping to himself about how they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars at Tiffany’s jewelry store.

A financial disclosure form filed by Callista Gingrich in 2006 and 2007 showed the couple owed from $250,000 to $500,000 to Tiffany & Co.

Appearing Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Mr. Gingrich refused to say what they’d bought at Tiffany’s, noting that “it is my private life.”

Mr. Gingrich added: “If the U.S. government was as debt-free as I am, everybody in America would be celebrating.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Huntsman: Stop bickering, come together as nation

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Pitching himself as a politician with international experience who would help the United States’ economy rebound, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. on Saturday told college graduates in this key early nominating state that the nation must set aside its partisan sniping.

Mr. Huntsman, a Republican who until last month served as Democratic President Obama’s ambassador to Beijing, told Southern New Hampshire University’s commencement that civility is important as the nation faces its problems.

“If we Americans remain civil to each other, we can deal with our problems, including the debt crisis that hangs over all of us,” Mr. Huntsman said.

DEFENSE

Pentagon chief sounds warning on defense cuts

Outgoing Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned on Sunday against sharply cutting the size and reach of the U.S. armed forces to trim the deficit.

The comments by Mr. Gates to graduating students at Notre Dame University came as some Republicans and Democrats look to defense as a way to address the U.S. deficit, running about $1.4 trillion this fiscal year that ends Sept. 30.

Mr. Gates, a holdover from the George W. Bush administration who is leaving the post at the end of June, predicted future calls for major Pentagon cuts could challenge U.S. global leadership.

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