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Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney doesnt want to be cast as the only rich person in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

In the wake of his attempt tomake a $10,000 betwith Rick Perry during Saturdays Republican presidential debate – a move that put a spotlight on Romneys $190 million-plus net worth and prompted critics to cast him as out of touch – the former Massachusetts governor told CBS News on Wednesday that his chief rival for the nomination is a very wealthy man.

Newt Gingrich has wealth from having worked in government, Romney told CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford in an interview in New York. Hes a wealthy man, a very wealthy man. If you have a half a million dollar purchase from Tiffanys, youre not a middle class American.

Romneys comment both spotlighted Gingrichs wealth – his campaign earlier this year estimated his net worth at at least $6.7 million – and drew attention to how Gingrich earned the money. The former House speaker made millions as an adviser and influence broker in Washington after leaving Congress, including at least $1.6 million from government-backed mortgage giant Freddie Mac. (Romney hascalled on Gingrich to return that money.) The former Massachusetts governor also made reference toGingrich and his wifes onetime $250,000-plus line of credit at Tiffany & Co.

Romney was in New York for fundraisers Wednesday, prompting the Democratic National Committee to hire an airplane to fly over the Hudson river with a banner reading, Bet you 10k Romneys Out of Touch.

More from the interview will be released on the CBS Evening News and later today.

In a seperateinterview with the New York Times Wednesday, Romney took a different shot at Gingrich, saying Zany is not what we need in a president.

Zany is great in a campaign. Its great on talk radio. Its great in print, it makes for fun reading, he said. But in terms of a president, we need a leader, and a leader needs to be someone who can bring Americans together.

Gingrich responded by sticking to his (questionable) claim that he is running a positive campaign and telling reporters, Ill let him decide what zany is.

They should run their campaign the way they want to; Im going to run my campaign the way I want to, he said.

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