Gingrich was 'tempted' to go negative
December 15th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich was 'tempted' to go negative

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. politics as usual

    Yes, and the good people of Iowa are also smart enough to recognize a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    December 15, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    He was 'tempted', but his high moral standards stood in the way?


    Go on! Pull the other one!

    December 15, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Jamie from Riverside

    Honestly, Newt looks just like Roman Castevet from Rosemary's Baby. All he needs is the ascot.

    December 15, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Voice of Reason

    As in, he's POSITIVE who his major contributors are, and how they'll be repaid in the (highly unlikely) event that he ever got elected.

    As in, he's POSITIVE that the current wife is the right one. He knows – he's tried on several, and this one seems to fit best.

    As in, he's POSITIVE that he's settled on his religion. He found one that was politically convenient, makes his (current) wife happy, and lax enough that he can do what he wants.

    As in, he's POSITIVE that he's smarter than all those poor, dumb voters and American peeps. That's why he's condescending to grace them with his benificent guidance.

    As in, he's POSITIVE that he's never been inethical. That whole unprecedented $300,000 fine and getting kicked out as Speaker of the House was just a coincidence.

    As in, he's POSITIVE that he's not a lobbyist. The Millions of dollars that he made 'consulting' with members of Congress on behalf of big business was just the going rate for a history teacher... Who used to be Speaker of the House....

    Yeah, he's POSITIVE all right. Positively repellent.

    December 15, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I got a little tempted for a day," said Newt ...

    .... "And I haven't let him out of my sight since", murmured Calista.

    December 15, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Jariv

    What a smart guy. He really knows how to play the American people. Poor lady is being fooled by him, as well as all his supporters. Oooh America! The final days are coming, yet it comes from within.

    December 15, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. kayla

    he's playing his card right. he knows they have a lot of amunition on him that's why he not going negative. hypocrite

    December 15, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  8. kenny

    Gingrich has never been tempted to go negative. His default position is negative. He has been tempted to go positive and of course we all know that eventually he will default to evil.

    December 15, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. arthur

    Oh Gingrich, you're awful, simply awful. Maybe someday (hopefully before the Iowa Primary) the Republican party will understand that. Stay positive!

    December 15, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. Joe

    Hmm....Exactly WHEN did Newt stop going negative...because I sure haven't seen that one yet.

    December 15, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. jamison

    Grinch does not need to GO negative. He ALWAYS IS negative.

    December 15, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Ben Dover

    The only thing you can depend on with Newt is...You can't depend on Newt.

    December 15, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "I got a little tempted for a day,"

    Is that what he told his first two wives?

    December 15, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |