Gingrich: I'm the tortoise, Romney's the hare
November 8th, 2011
04:58 PM ET
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Gingrich: I'm the tortoise, Romney's the hare

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich predicted Tuesday that rival Mitt Romney will be one of the final remaining candidates in the Republican presidential contest, but that it's Gingrich's responsibility to provide a set of solutions to those still uncommitted.

Gingrich, the former House Speaker, said there's a "big opportunity for an alternative candidate," given that Romney has not attracted more than 25% support in most national and statewide polls of current candidates.

"My job I think is to reach out to the 75 or 80% who aren't currently committed to Romney and to say here's a set of solutions that would actually get us back on the right track," Gingrich told ABC News.

While Romney's poll numbers have largely plateaued, Gingrich has seen his numbers rise after his campaign was dogged by controversy throughout the summer.

If his solution-based plan succeeds, Gingrich said Romney will be forced to stop his momentum.

"I'm not worried about stopping Romney," Gingrich said. "I'm worried about reaching that 75 to 80% who aren't currently committed to him."

In an interview Tuesday with CNN's Piers Morgan, Gingrich equated his plight to an Aesop fable: "The bunny rabbit runs by and falls asleep. The tortoise just keeps coming," Gingrich said. "So hopefully in this game, Mitt Romney will be the bunny rabbit and I'll be the tortoise. That would all work out perfectly."

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Dorothy Palmer

    Obama is a failure, has to go. Gingrich has the correct approach to increasing the wealth of those in the middle class and poverty pockets. Obama just wants to party, and his wife wants to outdo the last black Queen, Cleopatra.

    November 8, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  2. ED FL

    Newt the philanderer doesn't have a chance in H-ll of being the GOP candidate.This guy left such a bad taste in Americas taste and memory that he couldn't win a position of dog catcher if he was the only one running for that position. I do not believe that Ginghrich likes or would vote for himself.

    November 8, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. pcn in pa

    The Dems would have a field day with all the Newt baggage.

    November 8, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  4. EE

    @Mindie from Indie...you mean Barack "Goldman Sachs" Obama....the guy has raised more money from Wall Street than anybody in history...don't kid yourself

    November 8, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Ben Fuct

    Either one leaves a lot to be desired if you want the USA returned to 'health'.

    November 8, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. nuisance

    How quickly the Christian conservatives forget about Newt's philandering ways. If this guy will lie to his wife, he'll lie to you. We fell for his shtick in '94 and he accomplished nothing. Why would 17 years change anything?

    November 8, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Jon

    I can't understand how anyone could say Obama makes sense in 2012. What about his Presidency has made sense? Please explain that to me? If you believe the markets are in recovery mode you are kidding yourself. The market will correct itself once we get Obama out of office along with his horrible policies.

    November 8, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Pilgrim

    I don't know why anyone wants to push The Prrsident out of office. He has just begun to change our country. If we change Presidents now the present system can be saved. No one can really want to keep our country as it is.

    Let's be like Europe. We will all be broke, but we will be rid of those nasty old Rich People

    November 8, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  9. Mary Frumkin

    Hey, Mindie from Indie, guess who got more money from Wall Street in 2008 than all the other candidates combined – Obama! Look it up! Get informed!

    November 8, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. Steve

    Mindie from Indie wrote: ""and you're work for the rich and corporate. No thank you. I'll stick with Obama.""" Mindie, are you completely disconnected from reality? Obama has received far more money from Wall Street. Some of you never cease to amaze me

    November 8, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. Man in California

    Oh, by all means... Go Obama. Liver of the little guy and Bain of corporations like GE, Merrill Lynch and billionairs like Warren Buffet

    Yah. Oharvard is a real regular guy's guy

    November 8, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. banjo man

    Mindie from Indie..Obama is the corperate man..Solyndra, Goldman Sachs and on..follow the money. You've been duped.

    November 8, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. BB

    Use your head Mr. tortoise dont use your legs like the circus clown king

    November 8, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Wish this was over by now. Politics and the struggle for power.

    November 8, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Rational

    Gingrich is the most prepared candidate i've seen in decades. Hopefully his substantive policy platform will win out over the type of moronic group think from most of the idiots of the internet

    November 8, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. BJ

    Obama lovers are the best.

    For those interested in polls ...

    Obama has a 54% disapproval rating ... only 45% approve (Rasmussen). Sunday's polls had Romney up +1 over Obama (ABC/Washington Post). Friday had Obama and Romney tied (USA Today/Gallup).

    How Obama isn't running away from everyone is beyond me. Such a complete and total failure.

    November 8, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  17. Tony In Largo

    Don't get dressed, Newt because you won't be invited to that party.

    November 8, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  18. thomas

    More like a Newt and the Snake !

    @AlaskaPalin
    He will beat obama in any debate-

    Newt Gingrich has never been challenged in a debate , he couldn't stand the heat of factual dialogue !

    November 8, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  19. dialogue

    ITo be accurate the other candidates are the hair, rising and falling and Mitt is the Tortoise. He’s steady at around 25: Not going up and not going down.

    November 8, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. MikeH

    No Newt, you are a slimy lying disgusting fatbody and Mitt is a lying, boot-licking weasel. You insult Tortises and Hares everywhere, please stop.

    November 8, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  21. chris

    What ugly comments. Prepare to lose. Big.

    November 8, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  22. jnsesq

    I can see the CNN crowd is the predictable Obama Kool-Aid drinking Marx Lite bunch. Hey, who needs free markets when everything will be given to us for "free"?

    November 8, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  23. Tortoise?

    If Cain is brought down, Gingrich will be the only viable Tea Party candidate (relatively speaking when compared to Romney) left standing. Gingrich of course has personal baggage, but I doubt if Republicans or Independents will care. This next month is going to be very interesting.

    November 8, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. Keith in Austin

    Gingrich is a political genious who would be a great President if elected.

    November 8, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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