Bluffton, South Carolina (CNN) - The ever-confident Newt Gingrich thinks he'll maintain his newfound frontrunner status, unlike other GOP presidential contenders whose boomlets have fallen flat.
"I think in my case, because I rose based on substance, it's a different phenomena. It took longer; it was slower. And I think people are more deeply committed," Gingrich said Tuesday.
The former House speaker was attending the grand opening of his Beaufort County field office, located near the Bluffton Promenade, a new business community designed to look like a quaint old Main Street, U.S.A.
Gingrich has been on the rise, thanks in part to solid debate performances that have highlighted his intellectual, matter-of-fact approach to issues.
An influx of campaign cash has allowed the once-fledgling presidential candidate to build up "dramatically more robust" operations in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where he stands a chance to emerge as the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
"We have a larger team here than any other candidate and have a bigger ground game, and have a huge tea party support here and I'm going to continue to campaign very aggressively here in South Carolina," Gingrich said.
Less than two months ago, Gingrich was attending more intimate campaign events in South Carolina. They centered on his documentary and books, as well as his wife Callista's children's book about America exceptionalism. The main character, Ellis the Elephant, would show up in costume.
On his three-day campaign swing through the first southern primary state this week, Gingrich is addressing crowds in the hundreds, and his wife is doing separate book events.
As enthusiastic as the crowds appear, skepticism remains whether Gingrich can sustain the momentum, clinch the nomination and beat President Barack Obama.
During a town hall event outside on the Bluffton Promenade, one man asked the White House hopeful: "I'm concerned about the election. My goal is to singularly remove Obama from the presidency, and I'm concerned that we won't pick up the independents and I need to know how you're going to do that, because that's who I'm going to support."
Gingrich assured the crowd he was designing a campaign to create a crushing defeat and, by October, "no Democrat can say with a straight face they're going to vote for Obama."
"A lot of Republicans have this goofy idea, and a lot in the news media tries to sell us on this goofy idea, that what you really need to do to get independents is move to the center. You have to understand how they define center," Gingrich said. “The center is 50. I like picking fights where I'm at 80 percent. That means even after Obama spends his billion dollars and lies about it we'll still be at 65%. I don't think we'll get 65%. I think 60 would be a more than admirable goal for next year, and that will be enough to win a crushing election."
Speaking to reporters in front of his new field office, Gingrich was asked about his recent criticism of Romney's conservative credentials, though he has vowed to keep his attacks focused on Obama.
"Look, I'm not going out of my way to argue with anybody, but I was asked the question," he said listing his conservative record. " ... When you were very proudly a Reagan supporter in 1979 and 1980 and for all eight years of the Reagan administration, there's a contrast. And I expect Romney will draw contrast with me. As long as it is factually accurate and as long as it is done in a way that's issue-oriented I think that's part of the process. I tend to spend 95 percent of my time either talking about a positive solution or talking about President Obama. My primary opponent is President Obama."
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Oh, there would be a crushing defeat, all right. Of Newt. The toughest competition for Obama would be Huntsman, who isn't getting the nomination, followed by Romney, who probably is. All the rest would be cannon fodder.
How are you going to crush him, Newt? By sitting on him?
Dream on Newtie...
Blacks – not gonna vote for you
Women – definitely not gonna vote for you
Non-lobbyists – not gonna vote for you
Moderates – not gonna vote for you
Non flip floppers – not gonna vote for you
Honest people – definitely not gonna vote for a crook like you!
Obama will crush you Newtie.
People are only coming around to Newt now because all of the other candidates fell flat on their faces. He's simply there by default, because he sux less than the others at the moment.
What a pathetic headcase this guy is!
Let's be real : I can't imagine a PRESIDENT by the name of Newt ... Or Mitt . The BEST Presidential name of all time as it pertains to people running for Prez was Patrick Buchanan ( Not that I agree with his visions and intentions ) This is as dumb as all the other political topics in which we are being shoveled .. THAT is why I typed this in case you were wondering LOL . Thanks for reading .
Although Obama has a war chest of one$Billion in campaign funds and the Liberal media's wind at his back, the American voter is far smarter than he gives credit for. Due to his deplorable record and the way he continues to preach divisiveness among The People, he will be sent packing back to Chicago a year from now! Just wait and see!
It will be he who is crushed.
One can only hope that the inept, costly, destructive obama Presidency will be replaced by a competent, responsible, productive Gingrich Presidency !!!
The professor is counting his chickens before they are hatched. The question for the overweight professor is: what records are you going to run on? Zero!
Too much adultery with this buffoon. Can't trust a man who cheat on his wife, let alone two. Didn't trust Clinton either.
ROFL ... methinks you are in for a BIG surprise if you think you are going to beat Obama! Dream on Newtie, dream on!
The country needs an adult as President, and Gingrich knows more about adultery than anyone. Family values Republicans are such hypocrites! Obama has one family ... Newt has three!
Dream on sir! Obama will b reelected! Hispanics for Obama all the way!!!
and your crossing your fingers that America has forgotten 1994!?!?
Thank goodness I wasn't drinking anything when I saw the title "crushing defeat". This guy is so full of himself that he doesn't realize he is standing in his own body filth.
For a moment there I thought he was going to say he is 80 not 80 percent.
BTW – newter cheating man . . . . I AM A DEMOCRAT AND I WILL VOTE FOR OBAMA AGAIN!!! There, one Democrat who will say it to your face!
Newt your rise can be attributed to the DISMAL state of your GOP contenders. The adage of ANYONE but Mitt Romney is in full affect and you happen to be the flavor of the month. It's not the substance primarily since a majority of the American public believes that substantially you are judgmental, hypocritical, deceitful, and adulterous. You may stay on top of the GOP but there is absolutely no way that you will become the next Commander in Chief. Romney will probably be the GOP contender when the chips fall unless some other candidate jumps in at the last minute (which is doubtful). I believe the GOP knows they cannot defeat President Obama and are simply sacrificing these candidates in an effort to diminish any efforts put forth by the democratic party. What they fail to realize is that the country is less party affiliated and more independent thinking. This republican stance of my way or no way is not beneficial to the entire country and therefore they may be removing the GOP from serious consideration for any elected office.
If this pompus unethical wind bag wins the GOP nomination it will once and for all prove that the RIght Wing crazy evangelical family value moral majority party are nothing more that a bunch egotistical hypocritical bigots who will vote for anyone with the exception of Romney or Huntsman who appear to the only sane grown-up on that side of the isle.
LOL!!!!!!!!!! Obama/Biden 2012....... LOL!!!!! Sorry but these Repugs are a mess...... LOL!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!
Uncle Hermie just reminds the nation of what a loser Newtered is, too. He's in for a crushing defeat alright, just not the kind his egotistical little mind is hoping for. Newt: the dumbest smart guy you'll ever see.
Republicans are testing their own character when they consider this man. How low can they go in their efforts to beat President Obama? Clearly, that was the only real goal of the Republican Party since President Obama took office.
Newt was hosing a staffer while he went after Bill Clinton for the same offense. His wife was fighting cancer at the time. He was thrown out of his position in the house in shame – for ethics violations. He took 1.6 million dollars from Freddie Mac as a lobbyist – something he always preached against. He wants the poor kids to clean the schools. He's a slimeball of the highest order.
This is exactly why president Obama will win in 2012. Building castles in the sky like newt is always a lossing strategy
Family values on this guy went out of the window and the evangelicans. To ask your wife for a divorce while she is recoverying from cancer, in the hospital, with the woman who he is having an affair with is not a bad thing with the right. Then you are having another affair and ask the woman who you was having the first affair with and married, ask her for a divorce so that you can marry the woman who you are currently having an affair with. He lies about his finances. What an idiot
The true "pig in a poke".
lol Not a chance in hell newt