Newt Gingrich hinted Thursday that he’s gearing up for a more aggressive defense of his record, on the campaign trail and the debate stage, as his poll numbers slip in Florida amid a barrage of negative ads.

Several new polls show Mitt Romney pulling ahead of Gingrich in the Sunshine State, after a brief bump for the former House speaker following his South Carolina primary victory.

Gingrich has endured a string of attacks on his record as a conservative, with some going so far as to question his relationship with Ronald Reagan — the late president whom Gingrich repeatedly invokes on the campaign trail.

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