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The second ad, called “Unreliable Leader,” features former Sen. Jim Talent, who also served in the House with Gingrich.

“He would make outrageous comments that would blindside us and undermine our conservative agenda,” Mr. Talent said.

The Romney campaign put both Molinari and Talent on a conference call Wednesday to drive home the message. Both elaborated on Gingrich’s four years as speaker, which they said undermined the conservative movement by putting the focus on him and his erratic style.

It was that “leadership by chaos” that led his fellow Republicans to oust him from the speakership, the two said.

“He had become the issue,” said Talent.

In a campaign appearance Wednesday at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., Romney himself zeroed in on Gingrich’s claim that he had worked with the Reagan administration to create millions of jobs.

"Well, he'd been in Congress two years when Ronald Reagan came to office,” Romney said, according to the Huffington Post. “That'd be like saying 435 congressmen were all responsible for those jobs. Government doesn't create jobs. It's the private sector that creates jobs. Congressmen taking credit for helping create jobs is like Al Gore taking credit for creating the Internet."

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