Fort Dodge, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday he second-guessed his vow to run a positive campaign, at least for a moment.
The frontrunner indicated the barrage of negative attacks might have gotten under his skin and made him rethink his campaign strategy.
"I got a little tempted for a day," Gingrich said to a woman after speaking and taking questions at Willow Ridge Golf Course in Fort Dodge. He didn't elaborate on what day he was referring to.
Gingrich's response came after a woman said, "Thank you for keeping your campaign positive. Keep with the positive."
"I'm going to stay positive," Gingrich said, before acknowledging he had thought about going negative. The woman responded, "Don't let them drag you in."
Gingrich also put his faith in Iowa voters.
"Because I believe the people of Iowa are smart enough and they can see the difference between somebody who is trying to help the country and somebody who is simply running a negative campaign," he said.