Mailers take aim at Gingrich in Iowa
December 20th, 2011
09:54 AM ET
2 years ago

Mailers take aim at Gingrich in Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - It is not just the airwaves here that are filled with attacks on Newt Gingrich. Mailboxes are also filled with harsh fliers taking aim at the former House speaker on the same range of issues as the barrage of campaign commercials.

One mailer from Restore Our Future, the super political action committee that is supporting Mitt Romney, says "Gingrich is the candidate Obama knows he can beat" and then lists such issues as Gingrich's $1.6 million consulting contract with the mortgage giant Freddie Mac, his ethical problems while he was the top Republican in the House of Representatives and his immigration plan that would move some of the nation's illegal immigrants towards legalization.

While stating "Don't give Obama an easy road to victory" at the bottom in bold letters, the flier aims to reinforce concerns about Gingrich by asking: "Who is the consistent conservative who can actually defeat President Obama. It is not Newt Gingrich."

Another mailer shows a picture of President Obama with a headline: "Newt Wins Iowa." And then the leaflet says: "It's What He Wants. But, Is It Really What We Want?"

Rick Perry's campaign also has sent out a flier going after Gingrich and Romney questioning their anti-abortion commitment, pointing out Gingrich's previous support for mandating individuals to get health care and how it says Massachusetts' health care plan provided the basis for President Obama's plan. Also it hits both men as profiting off "the system": Gingrich with his Freddie Mac contract and Romney's tenure as of head of Bain Capital leading to personal financial rewards with the creation of new companies but overseeing bankruptcies of companies that led to layoffs.

At a campaign stop Monday in Davenport Gingrich, who conceded these attacks are having an impact on his bid for the nomination, said he was "very disappointed" that other campaigns were putting out "negative junk." He vowed to keep running a positive campaign, but he also knows he doesn't have the money to go on the air dollar for dollar to rebut these charges. He said he will start to hold daily tele-town halls to allow voters in the state to ask him questions about the charges they are seeing and during a bus tour beginning next week throughout Iowa he said he will "answer any question based on false advertising."

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Methinks ole Mittens is getting desperate. . .

    December 20, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. chilly g

    newt don't have anything of value to offer american other than gridlock and divided the country.
    the best thing for american is to defeat the tea party people becaues they don't have america best
    interest at heart.i believe they will be defeated and then we can move this country fordward for all
    of us not just the one percent.

    December 20, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Larry L

    Interesting to see the anxiety caused by right-wing "values" voters trying to choose between Romney, a Mormon flip-flopper who essentially "designed" President Obama's healthcare concept and Gingrich, a political insider and slimy lobbyist discraced by the House of Representatives and unfaithful to his wives. Still, they can take comfort in knowing both care nothing for poor people and neither is African American.

    December 20, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. v_mag

    Actually, what most normal people want is for the 2 best candidates to run in the general election. We want whoever is elected, whether from the party we favor or not, to be qualified to be president in all ways. We want an educated, moral, decent, strong, and decisive person running from each party (or, ideally, with no party affiliation). That doesn't seem to be what all the partisans desire. To them, politics is a sporting event, and they want their team to win, even if they have to cheat, lie, and steal the election. To me, that's unAmerican.

    December 20, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Indy

    Romney has been running for so long that the Obama team has the book on him and would probably prefer to run against him as they have beaten him once and have a huge investment in beating him again.I would have to say Romney is the one that Obama knows he can beat, he has had four years to get ready while Mitts has been un employable and running for President

    December 20, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. diridi

    Obama2012. period.

    December 20, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    People need to recognize that their votes are being subverted by special interests, and they need to push away the attack process, by ads or mailers.

    December 20, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  8. davec.0121

    Rick Perry criticizing other candidates for "profiting from the system"? That's like being called ugly by a wart hog. Perry is a career politician (holding state elected offices since 1991) who has made a lot of money from deals (mostly real estate) that he was brought into by his major campaign contributors and other cronies. Consequently, although drawing a relatively modest state salary (now of course supplemented by his pension payment), he is a wealthy man. In this, as in his other statements, he shows his unabashed hypocrisy.

    December 20, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. realitybites

    Either way either one can be beat by Obama so it's a matter of who can prove he's the most qualified to be beat.

    December 20, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    People need to recognize that their votes are being subverted by special interests, and they need to push away the attack process, by ads or mailers.
    ----------------
    Liberals have known that for ages, especially after John Kerry in 2004. "Conservatives need to recognize that ......"

    December 20, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |