Romney uses Gingrich turn of phrase
December 15th, 2011
09:27 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney uses Gingrich turn of phrase

(CNN) – Mitt Romney turned old words into new weapons Thursday.

The former Massachusetts governor released a 30-second Web spot featuring praise of his record given by none other than his chief rival for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich.

Romney's video opens with a scene from the former House speaker's introduction of him at the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference.

"Gov. Romney, in his business career created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about it," Gingrich said.

Touting credentials including: "Conservative Businessman For Over 25 years," "Saved 2002 Winter Olympics," and "Eliminated Massachusetts $3 Billion Deficit," the video closes with a question: "What does Gingrich have to say about it?"

And the answer: a replay of the Gingrich soundbite.

The spot marks Romney's third web ad in two weeks and its release comes the same day as the last presidential debate before the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Phil in KC

    Don't you just hate it when your words come back to bite you in the a$$? The question is, can Gingrich counter with similar praise from Romney. I'm betting they can.

    December 15, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney's role in "saving" the Salt Lake Olympic Games is highly debatable. The Games were mostly privately funded, and Romney was brought in 3-4 years prior to the opening ceremonies when the SLOC was supposedly a few hundred million in the hole. The ad describes the view held by Romney supporters.

    The debate centers around whether or not they were really in the hole, and whether the actions taken to make the deficit actually required the type of business savvy needed to run a billion dollar business. Critics say that budget shortfall was not an overspending problem, but rather a slower than anticipated rate of the private donations and funding. Mitt Romney came into the picture and found new donors and major funding. Fund raising doesn't really require managerial skills. He just have to be a good salesman.

    December 15, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Here's another who said what about you, Mittens:

    "Mitt's been consistant since he changed his mind." - Christine O'Donnell endorsement of Mitt Romney 2011

    Mittens really needs to consider asking for a do-over. Oh, yeah, that's right. The 2012 election IS his do-over, isn't it? Not working out too well for him this time either. First McCain and now Gingrich. Oh, well.

    December 15, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Pedron

    The circus clown is grasping on every straw but the water so fast for the clown to swim.

    December 15, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Jariv

    Go Romney !!! President Romney. That sounds great to me a many, many other people.

    December 15, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Gov. Romney, in his business career created more jobs than the entire Obama cabinet combined, so he could actually talk about it," Gingrich said. "

    And CNN is going to repeatedly and prominently report that false nonsense without a single shred of critical journalism testing its veracity.

    December 15, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Sniffit

    ""Mitt's been consistant since he changed his mind." – Christine O'Donnell endorsement of Mitt Romney 2011"

    Man...she almost sounds like she was channeling Yogi Berra.

    December 15, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  8. Sandy

    Poor Mittens is getting desperate!

    December 15, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Jariv – While president Romney sounds great to you, it makes me sick to my stomach. Mittens represents the 1%, believes that corporations are people, wants to start a war with Iran, sends jobs overseas, has no record of creating jobs as governor, and believes that government does not create jobs. He has been anointed by the Kochs and the turd blossom Rove, so that alone makes him unelectable. By the way, I thought you were an independent.

    December 15, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Andrew

    Romney 2012. We're behind you all the way!

    December 15, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Straight Arrow

    Our country has always faired better with a Republican President and a ballanced House and Senate. Give too much power to either party and they will run our nation into the ground. Balance of power. I support Romney for President. He has the experience and brains to get us out of this mess. ROMNEY 2012!

    December 15, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    I'll bet if you add up all the jobs Mittens shipped out of the country he'd be right up there with Dubya as to how many American jobs were lost because of their working for corporate profit.
    Just think what a negative effect a President Mittens would do to American jobs if he had the same power Bush had??

    December 15, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Andrew wrote:

    Romney 2012. We're behind you all the way!
    --------–
    We know. We know you are behind. Obama 2012. All the way.

    December 15, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Pedron

    If Christine O'Donnell endorses someone it simply means "THE END"!!! switch the lights off, Pack your crap and head home. I bet she told Mitts, she can see the light at the end of the tunnel but unfortunately it's a train wreck coming.

    December 15, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Straight Arrow

    Our country has always faired better with a Republican President and a ballanced House and Senate. Give too much power to either party and they will run our nation into the ground. Balance of power. I support Romney for President. He has the experience and brains to get us out of this mess. ROMNEY 2012!
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    This is your brain on Fox News Channel.

    Go look it up. Over the past 50 years, the Presidents with the worst records for increasing the national debt and running with an ever increasing annual budget deficit have all been Republicans. All of them. Reagan more than tripled the national debt. Senior doubled the debt, and so did Junior. Each of their administrations were marked by recessions which followed their implementaiton of tax cuts for the wealthy.

    While Obama may have $1.5T annual deficits, he didn't create the deficits. Despite the propaganda put forth by conservative media, the larger deficits are caused by decreased revenue from unemployment.

    December 15, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Pedron

    I hope Ron gets the nomination he is the real deal!! no medicare, no foreign aid, no illegals, everything is NO,NO,NO!!!

    December 15, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Romney 2012. We're behind you all the way!"

    All 25% of us ... (on a good day).

    December 15, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Emperor Norton

    Rudy NYC beat me to that one. I'm not sure how you can look at the last thirty years and say, yeah, Republican Presidents are where it's at. It seems like every time we've got one, we end up in a couple of different foreign wars and talking seriously and at length about the deficit.

    December 15, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Rudy said:

    "Over the past 50 years, the Presidents with the worst records for increasing the national debt and running with an ever increasing annual budget deficit have all been Republicans."
    ---------
    But Rudy... you talk so often out of the other side of your mouth (when it's convienient for you anyway) that it's the congress where all spending originates. Now let's look at the last 50 years... how many of those had democratic controlled congresses? Oh... and the balanced budgets of the Clinton years? Who controlled congress then, Rudy? Sorry dude, you can't have it both ways.

    December 15, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Now let's look at the last 50 years... how many of those had democratic controlled congresses?
    ==========================================================================
    Newt's claim to fame is that he engineered the "takeover" of the House by Republicans after Democrats controlled it for OVER 40 years. Fourty years, four decades, neary a half a century. I guess they got used to one party rule and having it their way. Sure does explain where all these unsustainable social welfare programs came from. And what do they do the might they grab control in 2008, the very same thing, inflict Obamacare on the country.

    December 15, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  21. GonzoinHouston

    Clinton came into office with a Dem house and got significant tax hikes which resulted in a budget surplus. Newt rose to power in '94 on the strength of what was called the "angry white males". Newt pushed a welfare reform that Clinton signed. They balanced each other out through '96 and Clinton's easy re-election. Then came Monica-gate and Newt went off the deep end pursuing the impeachment. By '98 the voters were sick of the GOP's excess and Newt's $300K fine for campaign finance infractions. They slashed the GOP majority in the House and nearly gave the House back to the Democrats. Facing an uprising from his own party, and before there could be a formal challenge to his position as Speaker, Newt quit, cashed in, paid Bob Dole back the $300k, married his mistress, converted to Catholicism, and here he is today.

    Newt had a minor role in the Clinton-era budget surpluses. And we all saw what happened when the GOP controlled all three seats in the next 8 years. If you read your recent history, it's the GOP who really ran up the debts.

    December 15, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  22. AlaskaPalin

    Newt has always maintain that the fight is not between himself and the other gop candidates but between himself and obama. So why this ad from myth! Newt will say to him, 'myth; you are great but I am the best'.

    December 15, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "And we all saw what happened when the GOP controlled all three seats in the next 8 years. If you read your recent history, it's the GOP who really ran up the debts."
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    For 38 of the last 50 years, the democrats controlled congress, the republicans controlled the other 12. Of the 12 the republicans controlled, 6 of those were under Cinton. That leaves 6 years of the last 50 where the republicans had all 3. 6 f the last 50. Yup, it's all Bush's fault.

    December 15, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. GOP answer to everything~"the middle class can pay for it, then blame the poor or a minority"

    fair is fair ~ it’s as much as "fair & balanced" has nothing to do with fair or balanced. Totally from an unbalanced perspective to support over spending and govt expansion by GOPers when it redistributes tax money (wealth) to the GOP cronies and their multi-national supporters while serving their ideology of “starve the beast” mentality so they can whine & cry about it when they predictably loose power.
    Like two and a half million more Americans now have health-care today and all the GOPers do is keep spreading their lies about healthcare reform.
    What’s really amazing is how they still claim to be Christians?!

    December 15, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Expat American

    I had anticipated Romney battling it out for the nomination with a single contender when all the dust finally settled. I have to admit, I didn’t see that person to be Newt Gingrich (given his past record within his own party even)….but then again, at the end of the day this matchup makes the most sense; i.e. the Former Governor and Private Sector Outsider, as self-proclaimed by Romney, versus the Capital Hill 30-year veteran heavyweight.

    This will be interesting come the New Year…very much so I do think.

    O'Donnell didn't do Romney any favors by endorsing him though. I'm sure Romney unwelcomed that more than welcomed it.

    December 15, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
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