Reporting from Plant City, Fla. — Newt Gingrich denied any knowledge Tuesday of a robocall hitting Florida households that accuses rival Mitt Romney of forcing Holocaust survivors to eat non-kosher food -- though his campaign later acknowledged it was behind the attack.
"I have no idea what you're talking about," he said three times, speaking to reporters as he left Fred's Southern Kitchen. "Can't comment on something I don't know about."
Then he added, "You might check and see whether the accusation is true."
On the campaign trail in recent days, Gingrich, who is courting Florida’s Jewish and elderly voters, has accused Romney of cutting funding for serving kosher food to seniors under Medicare, saying it amounted to $5 a day per senior.
On Tuesday, as voters headed to the polls in the critical Florida primary, a robocall surfaced that features a man’s voice saying Romney as Massachusetts governor cut the funding, affecting "Holocaust survivors, who for the first time were forced to eat non-kosher because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher. Where is Mitt Romney’s compassion for our seniors?"