Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - The Romney campaign stepped up its assault on Newt Gingrich Friday with a web video hitting the former House speaker for going against party orthodoxy in May.
Soon after he jumped into the race, Gingrich was asked about his thoughts on a plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to overhaul Medicare. Gingrich called the plan, which would institute voucher accounts for beneficiaries, "right-wing social engineering."
Public outcry from the party forced Gingrich to walk back his statement and eventually offer support for Ryan's proposal.
The Romney campaign makes hay with that outcry in the web video, playing sound bites from leading Congressional Republicans praising the Ryan plan and conservatives criticizing Gingrich's comment.
"About as harsh a criticism as one could level at a fellow Republican," Fox News' Brit Hume is seen saying in the ad.
"It's a character problem," the spot shows syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer saying about Gingrich.
Gingrich's comments about Medicare were one of the controversies that left his campaign in ruins last summer.
The video is the latest attack on Gingrich from the Romney campaign, which began to move yesterday to quell the growing success of the former speaker.
Gingrich leads Romney in polls in three of four early voting states.
In response to a different attack ad posted Thursday by a political action committee supportive of Romney's candidacy, Gingrich's spokesman said such negative ads will not be effective.
"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.
- CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.
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Gee, look at that. They are going to start arguing over how thoroughly one or the other will dismantle Medicare under the TryAgain Plan.
No teapublicans will be going back to congress after the 2012 election, or the white house, all clowns that don't belong in our gov. If you want to go back to the stone age , vote teapublican!!!!
party before country. don't even try to hide it anymore.
Yeah, Newt's got character problems... But Mittens, so do you. You're perceived as a wishy-washy wimp. Want to take Newt on over an issue? Don't go get your "Team" to do it for you. Do it yourself!!
Now Republicans are choosing between a person who said the Ryan plan was "right-wing social engineering" and a person who enacted the model for Obama's health care plan. What is more, both supported the idea of individual mandate. Of course, you can't really fault two long-time Republicans for supporting an idea that was a mainstream Republican idea, until Obama adopted it for his plan. After all, the Heritage Foundation, a Republican think tank, developed the idea in the early 1990s.
When you can't use your own record to appeal to the masses, attack all others to try and make yourself look good. Romney is so freaking boring it is no wonder he will never get above 25% support, by the end of his eight year run I hope he just go's away.