Gingrich goes up with first spot of presidential campaign
December 5th, 2011
09:03 AM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich goes up with first spot of presidential campaign

New York (CNN) – GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is out with the first TV campaign commercial in his bid for the White House.

The television advertisement, called "Is the America we love a thing of the past? Newt says no," will begin running statewide in Iowa Monday, 4 weeks ahead of the Iowa Caucuses and follows polls released over the weekend that showed Gingrich leading the Republican field in the early voting state.

The campaign confirms to CNN that it will spend $250,000 to run the spot state-wide in Iowa, which holds the first contest in the presidential caucus and primary calendar.

"Some people say the America we know and love is a thing of the past. I don't believe that. Because working together, I know we can rebuild America," Gingrich says in the ad. "We can revive our economy and create jobs, shrink government and the regulations that strangle our businesses, throw out the tax code and replace it with one that is simple and fair."

Gingrich appears on camera for 15 seconds of the one-minute ad, including at the end when he says, "Yes, working together, we can and will rebuild the America we love."

The ad stands in contrast to Mitt Romney's first TV spot of his campaign, which ran in New Hampshire two weeks ago. The ad outraged Democrats by quoting then-presidential candidate Barack Obama out of context. The advertisement showed Obama campaigning in 2008 saying: "If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose."

Obama was quoting his then-opponent, Sen. John McCain. Romney's campaign has strongly defended the ad, saying "now, the tables have turned - President Obama is doing exactly what candidate Obama criticized." And they point out that they put the full quote from Obama in their press release that accompanied the ad.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (49 Responses)

    Of course, his campaign will be on family values, ha, ha, ha.

    December 5, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. Logic in LA

    Gee CNN, I would think you would know that Iowa does not have a "vote " in the primaries. It has a caucus- you know that popularity meeting where people get to change who they are for 3 or 4 times within a very short time.
    It's more of a "let me jump on the band wagon rally and not offend my neighbor" meeting then our system of voting.
    They are foolish and should never be used for selecting who will run our country. I mean, look who win these things and how well they do! from both parties!

    December 5, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. New Age Independent

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama "Scum rises to the top in a cesspool and Newt proves it."

    And Obama rose to the top as well. Seriously, your liberal hatred of anything other than Obama is a sad way to live.

    December 5, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  4. SuperD

    I'm going to post like Dridi

    Well, Democrat scum, Obama no leader, pack up, yes, yes, Newt kicks Obama in midsection during debate, good, good, economy get better, no illegals, ok

    December 5, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Yanni

    Says the most toxic man in America politics

    December 5, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Bruinsbb8

    I really have to laugh reading a lot of these posts on here. All these people just love to blame the Republicans for all the country's woes. Making statements like "This was a Republican economy that caused all of this and now they want to go back for more (de-regulation, etc.)" or the mainstay "It's all Bush's fault", still after 3 years of this nonsense. People need to wake up and realize that both parties are to blame for our past problems and our current problems. The last two years of Bush's presidency was dominated by a Democratic Congress. People tend to forget this, and perhaps by coincidence or other items, it was the last two years of the Bush Presidency when the economy tanked. You know what they say.. It takes two to tango. The President doesn't spend a dime of money coming into the Treasury. Congress appropriates, meaning they spend the money. The President can only suggest (and lead) on where to spend, he executive branch cannot actually appropriate a penny. Now some, even on this blog suggest we again have a Republican Congress and look at thei approval rating ! Its in the toilet, again people tend to only look at the House of Representatives, which is indeed Republican, but what about the more powerful body in Congress.. the Senate? Who currently controls the Senate? So it goes both ways, both parties have failed us and both parties are equally to blame.

    December 5, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. OWS Supporter

    New Gingrich is a FASCIST !!!! Newt Gingrich = Benito Mussolini !!!!

    December 5, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. NH Grandma

    The GOP continues to be the embarrassment of America. Let's squash them.

    December 5, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. emmy skadittle

    I guess we know which of the ten commandments are not important to the so called "evangelical" republicans

    December 5, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. GI Joe

    He's not Newt, he's SLIME.

    December 5, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Stop the Charade

    "Yes, working together, we can and will rebuild the America we love."

    Working together with who, Newt? You and the GOP will be working together with Wall Street toline your own pockets and bring back the good old days when the Average American worker was exploited. We know your history, Newt and find you completely lacking in leadership ability and character.

    December 5, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Clwyd

    The frugal millionaire who has been unfaithful to two wives thinks he can be president? LOL!

    December 5, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "We can revive our economy and create jobs, shrink government and the regulations that strangle our businesses, throw out the tax code and replace it with one that is simple and fair."

    Really? Newt and his wannabee presidential cohorts can't even unite their own party members, so how on earth any one of them thinks "a house divided against itself cannot stand" will benefit America under their watch is beyond logic.

    December 5, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Stevie

    Newt`s economic plan in action would make Obama look like a foreign born student lost in a course on economics. Oh wait-

    December 5, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. billy

    What th heck is wrong with the Republican party when *this* is the best choice???

    December 5, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Anonymous

    He is a flip-flopper hypocrite, and you know what. God hates the hypocrites most.

    December 5, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "The last two years of Bush's presidency was dominated by a Democratic Congress"

    A/k/a the "do nothing Congress" because the GOP set records for filibusters and Bush set records for vetoes. Nothing got done because that's the GOP's new and improved method of governing when the Dems have majorities or the WH: obstruct everything and break the system. "Gov't is broke...see...we broke it!" Don't talk about people "tending to forget:" things. I sure don't...and I remember all the numbers, math, charts and graphs I've seen over the past 5 years that show that the Bush tax cuts, drug program and wars combine to explain almost ALL of the deficit and debt problems the country is facing, and the GOP's deregulation of Wall Street and de facto deregulation through lax/non-existent enforcement is precisely what tanked the economy. Did you know that Barney Frank was proposing legislation in early 2007 to address those problems and was shut down by the GOP's obstructionism? Of course not...the MSM doesn't WANT you to know.

    December 5, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. Matt


    Before we go back in the ditch we should vote democrats. This is just common sense thinking, we need no politician to tell us that. It took republicans to get us in the ditch on several occasions and on each occasion it took democrats to dig us out. As well-thinking Americans, why should we elect to return to the ditch out of which the democrats are currently digging us?

    Republicans are bent on taxing the middle class and giving tax breaks to the rich. This is exactly the kind of policy that got us in the ditch in 2008. We elected Obama to dig us out...this he is still doing.

    The ONLY reason we as Americans would again vote for republicans is simply because w wish to go back into the ditch

    December 5, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. keeth

    The Great White Hypocritical Saviour!

    December 5, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. tom

    Finally a candidate who makes sense. None of you on this comment page would be supportive of any conservative candidate.

    What is this government good at? transparency...nope-bills not read, taxes...nope–some pay nothing others get loop holes, roads and bridges...nope-funded by porkulous, healthcare...nope–will increase costs dramatically for everyone for less service, education..nope–we are way behind other countries, borders...nope–people crossing everyday, fda..undecided, epa...nope-proven to be over-reaching trying to regulate co2, social services....nope–unsustainable and will be a huge burden for our children, mail service...nope–losing money...

    Throwing more money after these issues will not fix the problems.

    December 5, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. BeverlyNC

    Newt is a corrupt Republican from the past who was thrown out as Speaker for 86 ethics violations. He worked on the same healthcare law back then that President Obama just got passed last year. He is a LIAR who has flip-flopped just as much as Romney. He is also a serial adulterer, a hypocritical "Christiam", and does not have a single credible idea for any of America's issues – if he even knows what they are. He is a Republican fighting for the rich and the corporations and stomping all over We the People just like the rest of all the Republicans. Republicans have betrayed the PEOPLE and Newt is just another one who has and will. We need real leaders like President Obama who has constant success in everything he has done. We would be well on our way to recovery had we not had a House full of obstructionist Republicans who hate the PEOPLE, stomp on the poor, and want to take away what we earned with Medicare and SS. Get out and stand up for your rights. Vote OUT every Republican in every local, state and national office and watch America flourish and recover and see jobs bills and healthcare and retirement work for YOU as it should. Democrats work for the PEOPLE while Republicans work for the highest corporate bidder. Get these traitors gone!

    December 5, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    New Age Independent

    @Dominican mama 4 Obama "Scum rises to the top in a cesspool and Newt proves it."

    And Obama rose to the top as well. Seriously, your liberal hatred of anything other than Obama is a sad way to live
    Please stop projecting. I don't hate.
    I don't believe in Party over country. I don't believe in one person over my country, but let's be real, based on the options at hand I will proudly continue to vociferate my support of President Obama as he is the ONLY ONE I see doing anything to help my country, and help it's moribund middle-class. If you had a better option you missed the deadline.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    December 5, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. ST

    GOP just bring on Newt and women are well prepared to show him what power they hold.

    December 5, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    The GOP has sunk to a new low if they think this slimy philanderer has any chance of even coming close to beating Obama. Please GOP. Vote for Newt. We want him as the candidate. What can we do to help?

    December 5, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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