Gingrich to Romney: Let's meet in the kitchen
December 21st, 2011
06:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich to Romney: Let's meet in the kitchen

(CNN) - Which one's the pot and which one's the kettle is open to debate-but Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are heading to their own version of a bake-off, one way or the other.

A kitchen analogy dominated heated rhetoric between the two Wednesday, which potentially came to a boil when Gingrich challenged Romney to go toe-to-toe next to the stove.

"If he wants to test the heat I will meet him anywhere in Iowa next week, one-on-one, 90 minutes, no moderator, just a timekeeper," Gingrich said at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Earlier in the day Romney defended negative TV advertising, following Gingrich's calls for the former Massachusetts governor to denounce attacks ads funded by a super PAC that supports his candidacy

"If you can't stand the relatively modest heat in the kitchen right now, wait until Obama's Hell's Kitchen shows up," Romney said at a campaign stop in Keene, New Hampshire. "Obama's putting together a billion dollars. He's going to be attacking us day and night."

In response, Gingrich said he will happily go into the kitchen with Romney.

"Ask Gov. Romney, would he like to come and play in the kitchen? I don't think so," Gingrich said. "I don't think he wants to do anything except hide over here and pretend it isn't his fault that he is flooding the people of Iowa with falsehoods."

The former House speaker has steadily criticized Romney over negative advertising, a blitz of which were released on Gingrich ahead of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. Romney has pointed to campaign finance rules that prohibit his involvement in activities of super PACs while refusing to renounce negative advertising, as Gingrich has recently done.

As for Gingrich's debate challenge, a watched pot never boils.


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  1. erick_z

    This is great.. I cannot imagine that this type of guy will dare debate Newt one on one.. Great move Newt!
    Gingrich to Romney: Let's meet in the kitchen
    "If he wants to test the heat I will meet him anywhere in Iowa next week, one-on-one, 90 minutes, no moderator, just a timekeeper," Gingrich said at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire.

    December 22, 2011 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  2. neville

    If this is all these 2 jokers can come up with then may we bring an end to the primaries and declare President Obama the undisputed winner

    December 22, 2011 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  3. Adam

    Romney is a chicken. Keep after him Gingrich.

    December 22, 2011 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  4. PackersFans

    Don"t Vote for Newt.. He want gays vote for President Obama??? He do not care vote from gays and help Obama winning and Newt want playing game racing in rep when win and quit let Obama winning on November!!! He is lairs and dishonest with you.. Go Vote for Mitt Romney!!

    December 22, 2011 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  5. tired

    really? are any of these candidates gonna change anything? I wonder! or will they continue to live fat off the taxpayers backs and do nothing? oh except put themselves in an even better position to make money! the american way I guess

    December 22, 2011 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  6. tired

    post real comments from everyday people maybe my country will wake up!

    December 22, 2011 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Okay, here's a place where I think you do spend a lot of time. Maybe not cooking but definitely eating!

    December 22, 2011 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  8. Just Say No To Flipper

    Flipper is just a robot programmed by Rove to do whatever it takes to ensure the traitorous hidden elite get to keep their spoils and continue their theft and exploitation of our great nation.

    December 22, 2011 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  9. TomInRochNY

    Too many cooks spoil the soup. In this case, too many Rs in DC spoils the country.

    December 22, 2011 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
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