DNC chairwomanunderscored the new line of messaging in a statement following the debate, calling the former Speaker "a politician even before there was a Tea Party."
"He supported gutting funding for education and Medicare to fund a tax cut for millionaires and shut down the government over it and those are the same policies he supports today," she said.
Earlier this week, Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod launched the first direct Democratic attacks on Gingrich, labeling him the "godfather of gridlock" for his role in the federal government shutdown of 1995 and the partisan battle to impeach President Bill Clinton.
R.C. Hammond, a spokesman for thesaid it's "always a nice gesture of the DNC to recognize Newt's efforts to advance the conservative agenda."