Archive for Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gingrich says rivals’ criticism taking a toll

December 18, 2011


— Newt Gingrich tried to quiet unrelenting campaign criticism that he acknowledged had taken a toll as Mitt Romney stepped up insider attacks Saturday in hopes of regaining front-runner status with the first presidential vote little more than two weeks away.

Gingrich, the former House speaker enjoying a late surge in the polls, pledged to correct what he said were his rivals’ inaccurate claims about him. Romney, the ex-Massachusetts governor looking for a rebound, portrayed Gingrich as a well-heeled lobbyist since his service in Congress and predicted that conservative voters will reject Gingrich as they learn more about his lengthy Washington record.

“I’m going to let the lawyers decide what is and what is not lobbying, but when it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, typically it’s a duck,” Romney said.

With the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 up for grabs, most candidates are redoubling their efforts heading into the holidays, when voters generally tune out the race.

Gingrich is their prime target. Last week alone, anti-Gingrich ads from a Romney ally outspent Gingrich by an 8-to-1 margin on television.

Gingrich cited “the extraordinary negativity of the campaign” during a call from Washington with Iowa supporters. He said he was inclined to hold teleconferences every few days so people can discuss ideas and his campaign can “encourage them to raise any of these things that you get in the mail that are junk and dishonest.”

Romney campaigned in early-voting South Carolina, where tea party activists have given Gingrich a strong lead in polls. Romney told reporters that many voters now are just beginning to pay attention to the race and will turn on Gingrich after they learn about his time in Washington and his role with mortgage company Freddie Mac, a quasi-government agency.

Gingrich’s consulting firm collected $1.6 million from the company. Gingrich insists he did not lobby for them and only provided advice.

“I think as tea partyers concentrate on that, for instance, they’ll say, ‘Wow, this really isn’t the guy that would represent our views,’” Romney said after a town hall meeting with South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott. “Many tea party folks, I believe, are going to find me to be the ideal candidate.”


Getaroom 6 years, 3 months ago

Oh, you mean Newt-onian's physics is not holding up to the task - Magnetic Pulse Generator fear mongering and all?
My, oh my, what a shame that the Big Talking Head is doing himself in.

Guess the Newtster could only look in the mirror so long before he was blinded by his own light. Seems to be what happens to vampires who suck. Like no one could see this coming - right?

Resurrected again only to reveal the flesh is still rotten to the core on this one too.

Next batch please. The GOP!! A race to the finish to see which one is most rotten, but wait, not worry one more star burns bright in the heavens and if.........

If true to his own worm eaten word - it seems it is time for the next apple to fall from the tree - again. Trumpet in ----- The Trumpster! Here he comes to save the day and fight for freedom and justice and the American Way!!!! All hail the Trumpster!!! Next President of the USA!!!!!

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 3 months ago

Not a big enough toll. He's still in it.

Fossick 6 years, 3 months ago

The problem for Newt is that the criticisms about him are for the most part perfectly accurate.

labmonkey 6 years, 3 months ago

The longer Newt stays in, the more he helps Obama. I seen a quote by Michael Savage where he said that if Newt won the nomination, he will look like nothing more than a fat. old white guy when standing next to Obama (hey, a broken clock is right twice a day). And history has taught us that perception in televised debates helped Kennedy over Nixon.

Since the right guy didn't run (Christie), and Paul is unelectable, I guess I will have to settle for the least weak of the rest and go all in for Romney since he has the best chance of beating Obama.

jafs 6 years, 3 months ago

Didn't Savage offer Newt a cool $1 million to drop out of the race?

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

The thing that surprises me about Gringrich's rise is that he represents through his past history as Speaker the very thing people hate about Congress today -- gridlock. He oversaw the government shutdown in 1995, claiming at the time that it was in part because of a perceived slight by President Clinton. He felt insulted, so he shut the government down rather than work with Democrats on the budget! And this is who people want to see as President today, when bills need a super majority of 60 votes to get beyond fillibuster?

Gingrich simply isn't someone the nation can gather behind. Will the Tea Party group who hate "elites" and want "someone like us" really go for this big-ego, bombastic college professor and over-paid lobbyist ... um, I mean, historian? I'm not sure Romney is the right person either, but he at least is someone people will be able to consider. Too many already have their minds made up on Gingrich. No Newt No How.

In an election that Republicans probably should be in a strong position to win, they are running some terrible candidates. Until very recently, Republicans were even giving Herman Cain serious consideration! That is how desperate they are. I don't mind saying it -- Anyone But Obama isn't going to win the election.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 3 months ago

David Axelrod:

"The higher a monkey climbs up a pole the more you see of his butt," Axelrod needled. "The Speaker is very high up the pole right now and we'll have to see if people enjoy the view."

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