01/17/2012 01:55 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Laura Ingraham Rips Mitt Romney, Praises Newt Gingrich On Debate Performances (VIDEO)

Conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham tore into GOP candidate Mitt Romney on Monday.

During an appearance on Fox News' morning program "Fox and Friends," Ingraham criticized Romney for what she described as his tense debate performance. According to Ingraham, Romney "got rattled" by simple questions regarding his tax returns.

Ingraham said that Romney made a mistake by not agreeing to release his tax returns during Monday night's GOP debate. "I do believe, though, on this issue of tax returns, it does not make Romney look good to kind of hem-and-haw and say 'well, we're looking at it, we feel like we've been well-exposed, I'm going to look at it again in April,'" she said. "It just looks like a politician."

Ingraham also said that Romney could use his tax returns to his advantage. "He is so brilliant on this stuff...he could use the tax returns to school the American public on appropriate tax policy," Ingraham said.

While Ingraham criticized Romney, she praised Gingrich for his debate performance. "He rocked it," Ingraham said of Gingrich. She added that Gingrich's debate performance demonstrated how he could successfully take on President Obama in the general election. "I've never seen him better," Ingraham said.

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