Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – A political action committee supportive of Mitt Romney posted an ad blasting Newt Gingrich Thursday night, then abruptly took down the spot.
The Restore Our Future ad hit Gingrich for his "baggage," including ethics violations and his past stance on climate change. The ad said Democrats had been attacking Romney in the hopes of a general election match-up against Gingrich.
A spokeswoman for the group would not give details on the negative ad, telling CNN: "We're not commenting. It's an unfinished ad."
The spot was posted hours after the super PAC released its first ad targeting Obama and showing Romney in a positive light.
Restore Our Future cannot communicate with the Romney campaign on strategy because of campaign finance rules.
Gingrich's campaign responded to the ad Thursday night.
“This won’t be the first, this won’t be the last. There’s going to be an awful lot of them and none of them are going to work,” said Gingrich press secretary R.C. Hammond.
The ad was posted as Gingrich appears to be gaining a solid lead in polls in several early voting states. Two Romney surrogates harshly criticized the former House speaker in a conference call with reporters Thursday.
At a campaign event in South Carolina, Gingrich told reporters: "We're going to stay positive."
– CNN's Shawna Shepherd and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.
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Ron Paul 2012 !!!
Now that Rove is behind Romney the $$ will be unlimited.
I'd love for Romney and Gingrich to spend each other into ground. Neither of them is really suited to be president. They don't fully understand the country and are too guided by ideology and not practical thinking.
Mr. Gingrich's press secretary R. C. Hammond said "...none of them are going to work". The correct English would be "none of them is going to work". We all wish Mr. Gingrich good luck in the Republican primary because Mitt Romney is nothing but a conservative Democrat who prefers to be around with rich Republicans for personal gains and convenience. 2006 Romney care of Massachusetts is nothing but a managed health care tsunami (failure) that is just waiting to hit the shore (fall apart) in years to come if major changes, like unlimited free care and no out of pocket cost or deductible to the free patients, are not implemented soon to keep the system truly manageable and cost effective.
Over the past week I have taken my own poll for the Republican nomination. I contacted over 8,000 people (sample size) and spread across a wide set of demographics spanning from southern redneck to corporate attornies. The front runner wasn't Newt or Mitt. It was Ron Paul, hands down with over 71% of the vote. My life provides me access to this very diverse base of people.
As a follow up, I personally called over 400 people I know that I thought would be conservative republican voters in order to sway the vote. I still got 48% for Ron Paul 21% for Newt and 12% Mitt and 19% other.
How it is that my poll, and is so far off from the mainstream media polls...like CNN's? If you are free to do so, and not being directed to cover Mitt and Newt only, you owe your selves the balance of providing focus on Ron Paul. In my 400 phone calls the concensus was Paul is the only candidate who discuss the root cause of our current issues (yours included) without the ambiguity of spin to side-step them.