Romney and Christie issue non-attack attacks on Gingrich
December 2nd, 2011
10:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney and Christie issue non-attack attacks on Gingrich

(CNN) – Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor and Mitt Romney supporter, was not attacking rival candidate Newt Gingrich in a recent interview, Romney asserted Friday.

Romney said Christie's criticism of Gingrich's record to a Florida website was "hardly an attack," but the Republican presidential contender echoed Christie's comments.

"My view is that Newt Gingrich and I have very different backgrounds," Romney said on Fox News Friday. "His background is very valid, of course, but he's been in politics almost all his life ... I think that America needs to have a leader who's run things."

Christie made similar statements to Thursday when asked to compare the backgrounds of Gingrich and Romney, who he endorsed in October.

"Speaker Gingrich has never run anything, and he's been a legislator. I have to tell you, I don't think being a legislator is the best calling card," Christie said, according to the website. "Look at the guy we have in the White House now, he never ran anything and was a legislator."

As Gingrich's support grows in national and state-wide polls, so too does the oratory between the two competitors. Gingrich continues to paint himself as the conservative alternative to Romney, while Romney, who is making his second bid for the White House, criticizes Gingrich's history as a politician.

Romney did not let up in his latest interview, asserting that Gingrich's history is not fit for a president. He also brushed off Gingrich's recent statements of confidence, saying votes, not rhetoric, are needed to win the GOP primary.

"There's this funny thing in America, it's called an election. You have to win the election and to win the election you have to earn it, you have to get out and campaign," Romney said. "Self aggrandizing statements about polls are not going to win elections."

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    "You have to win the election and to win the election you have to earn it, you have to get out and campaign"

    "I'm running for office for Pete sake." I think you're just as much as a career politician as Newt is Willard. How long have you been running for President now? You shouldn't throw stones when you live in a glass house.

    December 2, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Max

    Two peas in a pod

    Both Romney and Gingrich can be called Mitt the 'flip-flopper' and Newt 'the flip-flopper'. They are like tow peas in the same pod. How can we the American people trust any of these flip-flopping politicians to make decisions for us. we do need an alternative to both of them.

    Maybe we should re-consider Sarah palin!!! ha ha ha

    December 2, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. skalamba

    Romney is being presidential and being humble, he has the experience and has proven his records.
    This guy has to win and we will vote for him.

    Newt has a lot of issues especially Freddie Mac and marriage issues.

    December 2, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, yippie! Mitt's putting on his "big boy" pants by bringing out his "big boy" bodyguard Chris Christie to land a few "mean talk" blows. Yes, sir 'e. Christie's gonna huff ... and Christie's gonna puff ... and Christie's gonna blow that old Newt down.

    December 2, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Romney has a point that being a governor (and that experience) could be very helpful when being president. The problem is that Romney thinks that it the only experience, other than being a CEO, is the only experience that is useful to being president. Having an understanding of how the legislature that the president has to deal with can be vitally helpful. I'd say you could ask LBJ if he were alive about that.

    December 2, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. AlaskaPalin

    He sent out his metaphorical 'attack dogs' against the newt and disingenuous as always he plays piously innocent. Conservatives see no difference between obama and myth romney on the social issues so they'll reject both.

    December 2, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Yucon

    Christie is right, Newt never run anything. Just look at his ship early in his candiday, even he said he did not believe his candidacy was viable then. Do not take Newt for granted, he is a serious threat, but do it professionally. Among Newt's disadavantages are in not being organized in several states and a late fundraiser.

    December 2, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Donkey Party

    If America is stupid enough to elect a CEO to the Whitehouse, then don't be surprised when the rich get richer, and the middle-class and the poor get poorer. Also, don't be surprised if Civil War 2 ensues.

    December 2, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Romney's view is that Newt Gingrich and he have very different backgrounds. This is true. One is a bad businessman who has no record of creating American jobs and the other is a corrupt politician that left congress in disgrace.

    December 2, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Romney knows how to run things alright. The Salt Lake City Winter Olympics is supposed to be a feather in his cap. I think the overall budget was around $2 billion and Romney took over when it was some $300 million "in the hole" in debt a couple of years before the opening ceremony. The story goes that Romney rescued the entire Winter Games.

    The question of how far the SLOC was in debt, and even whether it actually was is subject to interpretation and the topic of dispute. Most of the funds were raised privately, and there were some public funds involved to get it intitally off the ground. Romney "rescued" the Games mainly by recruiting a lot of new private donors, and cutting back on some of the proposed construction to bring things back on schedule.

    How workable is that type of solution to run a government? Private fund raising.

    December 2, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. gerry

    i hope these two clowns keep really attacking each other. romney found out what happens when he messes around with obama. i can't imagine any of these two defeating obama in 2012. it's really sad to see that the republcans cannot come up with a better field of candidates. right now they are selecting who is the least bad candidate available.

    December 2, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "I think you're just as much as a career politician as Newt is Willard."

    Given that he keeps running and losing, only winning once, I believe the correct terminology for Mittens is "career candidate."

    December 2, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. 2EEs

    It's hard for me to believe Gingrich is a front-runner. He has similar baggage in his personal life than Cain, Cain's just came out at the wrong time (for his campaign). For me it's not that he's been a life-long politician, it's more that his over-confidence and previous ethical run-ins make me wonder if he can accurately assess and fix America's problems. No thanks.

    December 2, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    gerry wrote:

    it's really sad to see that the republcans cannot come up with a better field of candidates. right now they are selecting who is the least bad candidate available.
    I have been pointing out for months that the Republican Party wants someone who can "be the beast" and rip Obama to political shreds. The problem with putting on that costume is how far to the right you have to go meet expectations. For most people, you will have to say things that are too extreme or stuff that you wish you could take back.

    Backpedaling is a major sin in conservative circles, so all of the smart people stayed out of the race. Almost everyone major candidate in the race is willing to take that risk and bet "all in" that they can win. Losing will most likely mean the end of what public political careers that they may have held.

    December 2, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    Point taken Sniffit. And this being America and all, we like winners. Poor Willard can't break 25% in the polls. In your case Willard, poll numbers do matter.

    December 2, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Dave Harris

    We have a guy here whose "business experience" consisted of raping and pillaging companies and putting people out of work, whose 'non-political' political experience was as the governor of a liberal state where he instituted the blueprint for "Obamacare", who has flip-flopped on every issue there is. He wouldn't know a principle if one bit him on the butt.

    December 2, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. roro

    Christie should stop running around the country promoting himself, and get back to his job in New Jersey. He has denounced Obama for doing the same thing he is doing. What a hypocrite! Where are the jobs, Christie? Where is the property tax relief? So far you have done nothing positive for the state of New Jersey, while badmouthing hard working public workers. I'd love to see you out of my state, but absolutely not in any federal position. Stick to what you know best – prosecuting criminals.

    December 2, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |