New super PAC aims to fuel Gingrich surge
November 10th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

New super PAC aims to fuel Gingrich surge

(CNN) – As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich makes a modest surge in the presidential race, a new group aims to help fuel his momentum.

Solutions 2012, a super political action committee, launched Wednesday night with the goal to "support Newt Gingrich's comeback run for president," with a focus on the early voting states.

"People are sick of games; they want a real, conservative leader who can win," said Charlie Smith, campaign manager for the group, in a statement. "More and more, conservatives are seeing that Newt is that guy."

The launch of the super PAC, which can raise unlimited amounts of money as long as it doesn't coordinate those efforts with a political candidate, aims to shape Gingrich's image as the most electable candidate against President Barack Obama.

Using television, radio and mail ads, the group plans to immediately spend money in states that hold the first 2012 contests, which include Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and South Carolina.

"Newt Gingrich would wipe the floor with President Obama in the presidential debates," said Smith. "It's his time."

Gingrich has enjoyed a steady rise in national polls in recent weeks. According to a USA Today/Gallup survey released Monday, Gingrich took 12% of support among those leaning towards the GOP, up five percentage points from a month ago.

Political analysts credit Gingrich's increased popularity to strong debate performances and a strategy that takes a hard line against the media, a favored position among many in the GOP.

His campaign got off to a rocky start in the summer after several key staff members resigned en masse, blaming Gingrich for not engaging enough in the rigorous schedule needed for a presidential campaign.

Gingrich, who has called that time period "painful," has now revamped efforts and plans to set up the largest South Carolina shop among the GOP field, with nine paid staff members in the state.

The candidate paints himself as a substance-based candidate, not a sound-bite politician. A new video on the super PAC's website features a quote from Gingrich that offers a window into how the campaign will continue framing its message.

"I'm not talking about slogans," Gingrich said. "I'm talking about very deep solutions."

– CNN's Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Amelia

    Gingrich is "modestly" surging because Cain and Perry are flagging. He's not our man. Romney 2012!

    November 10, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. vet in texas

    What happened to the party of values?

    If you can forgive Newt for his indescretions, then you have to be able to forgive Barry for what you believe are poor descisions!

    Fortunately, conservative women will not be able to vote for Newt, nor Cain for the obvious reasons.

    November 10, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Amelia: "Romney 2012!"

    Which Romney? The one who implemented Romneycare, or the one who disavows it because it was the blueprint for Obamacare? The pro-choice Romney when he was governor of Mass. or the one who is pro-life now that he has to suck up to the GOP evangelical base? The one who says he'll create jobs, or the one who made his millions breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and shipping American jobs overseas?

    November 10, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Sandy

    The next "not Romney". LOL

    November 10, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    As much as I dislike this pig Gingrich and his policies – he is the ONLY one intelligent enough from the republican party to actually be president. The rest of them are a) too radical – Paul; b) too crazy – Bachmann; c) too ignorant – Cain; d) too much of a liar – Romney; e) too crazy – Perry; and f) too unassertive – Huntsman. I'll stick with the sane one President Obama. At least I know what I'm voting for. Do you?

    November 10, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Mike N

    You may not like the taste, but you know it’s the right medicine . . . Newt Gingrich for President.

    November 10, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    If you can forgive Newt for his indescretions, then you have to be able to forgive Barry for what you believe are poor descisions!
    =======================================================================================
    Oh honestly! Forgive Barry for his years of incompetence and total lack of leadership???!! Are you serious??? Matters of the heart versus COMPETENCE?? Typical libtard idiocy.

    November 10, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    "More and more, conservatives are seeing that Newt is that guy."

    How can Conservatives like a guy who has cheated on all his wives (in particular, while he was attacking President Clinton for marital infidelities), who shut down the federal government because he didn't get the seat he wanted on a plane, who advocates for the wealthy who have NOT created jobs here in the US (despite having the tax breaks they say they require – for the LAST 10 YEARS)?

    November 10, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Democrat Party - leftist "progressive" socialist communist losers hellbent on destroying the USA

    Hmmm..... Flip flopper or incompent buffoon?? I'll take the flip flooper! Bye bye Obama!!! Jimmy Carter says thank you...

    November 10, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  10. SaintM

    Gingrich has been away from politics for a very long time. Making money off his books and keeping half a million-dollar accounts with Tiffany's so he can give his future wives engagement rings at a moment's notice. He is not presidential material. He is old, fat, and no world leader will ever listen to him. He would make them throw up, so that pretty much leaves state dinners out of the question also. He is an indiscretionate idiot–and he has more than once proved it.

    November 10, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "Newt Gingrich would wipe the floor with President Obama in the presidential debates," said Smith. "It's his time."
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    Gingrich had the second worst moment of the debate last night. He made the claim that the media doesn't report on how the economy really works for the American people. Gingrich was asked to provide that information and invited to "take all of the time that you need." He was caught completely off-guard, stalled, gathered his wits, and proceeded to blast Obama instead of explaining his claim by providing just one fact.

    November 10, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "If you can forgive Newt for his indescretions, then you have to be able to forgive Barry for what you believe are poor descisions!"
    -------
    Newt's indiscretions have nothing to do with job performace. Barry's poor decisions ARE his job performance.

    November 10, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Media cooked this “Bad debater can’t be good president”

    Rick Perry may be bad debater but strong conservative

    Republicans please support Rick Perry

    November 10, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Peace

    Myself I would prefer to take a candidate who stumbled once, than a candidate who am not sure what he says today will remain the same tomorrow.

    November 10, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. westward

    Newt is a misogynist. This superPAC is a waste of time and money. No way will Newt ever get the votes of women, minorities, the middle class, gays, the military, teachers, students, etc......Newt is unelectable.

    November 10, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    What's his slogan? " Vote for me, my affairs are already known"? He could not run his caucus and his personal life: does anyone really think this undisciplined hypocrite could bring the country together?

    November 10, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. EatRunDive

    It's all about money. If you aren't making at least 6 figures and you're voting republican, you've been duped.

    Look at all the jobs that 30 years of tax cuts for the wealthy have created!

    November 10, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    sorry but Newt just might be a bit TOO SMART to get the backing of today's far right. Today's GOP seem to think if you're somewhat bright or educated then you're "huffy" and talk down to them and think you're BETTER than them. Hence the continued support for people like Perry and Cain..if Palin was running she would be near the top of the list as well.

    November 10, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  19. Lee

    Newt is too smart for most conservatives to get behind. Remeber how they threw rocks at him when he had the nerve to suggest Right Wing Social Engineering is as unappealing to the average american as Left Wing Social Engineering? Which is true btw....I do not even think he would make a good VP. A VP needs to be on the same page as the President. Newt is on his own page. He would make a good advisor to a president of either party imo because he is indeed a smart and experienced man. But he wont get his party's support. Not when you still have people thinking someone like Perry is anything more than a trainwreck. Perry/Palin 2012 ...que the banjos....

    November 10, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. v_mag

    Newt's too old, too corrupt, has too much ethical baggage, and leans 'way too far to the 1%. He has about as much chance in the general election as Herman Cain, which is none.

    November 10, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. ED FL

    Go get them NEWT these donors can chip in and pay for your upcoming divorce and settlement and hopefully Tiffany's problem then another romance and marriage is most likely on the agenda . you can't go to the white house without a legitmate wife.DREAM ON NEWT you have so much baggage that the GOP voters wouldn't give you a 2nd look. They couldn't afford all your escapades.

    November 10, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Anyone remember " Right-wing social engineering"? One of the few lucid mments he's had, and he had to retract it in some Stalin-esque style statement.

    November 10, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |