Marshalltown, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said he feels "Romney-boated" by the barrage of negative ads run against the former House speaker by a super PAC that supports rival candidate Mitt Romney.
"For a state this size, to spend that number of dollars in negative ads aimed at one candidate is pretty amazing," Gingrich said Sunday at a press availability in Marshalltown, Iowa.
When asked if he feels "swift boated," a reference to the negative ads that partially derailed John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004, Gingrich responded, "No, I feel 'Romney-boated.'"
If he could redo his strategy surrounding the ads, Gingrich said he should have responded "faster and more aggressively" to the attacks. "Restore Our Future" spent $800,000 in Iowa through last week to go after Gingrich, according to Campaign Media Analysis Group, while Gingrich vowed to refrain from negative advertising.
"If I could have done anything differently I would have pulled the plug on Romney's PAC," Gingrich said.
Gingrich also said he's committed to campaigning in New Hampshire, which holds the second contest in the primary and caucus calendar. It's Jan. 10 primary comes one week after Iowa's caucuses.
The former Georgia congressman said he would not bypass the Granite State for South Carolina, which holds the third contest, 11 days after New Hampshire.
"New Hampshire's the perfect state to have a debate over 'Romneycare,'" Gingrich told reporters.
"Romneycare" is the term for the health care law that then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney signed into law in 2006. The program, which includes an individual mandate, is blamed by many Republicans as the model or inspiration for the 2010 national health care law, which was passed by a Democratic controlled Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
- CNN's Gabriella Schwarz and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Newt's comments are rich. He was "Romney boated", when he was just as involved in the John Kerry "Swift Boating". Disgusting how the lies can be spread and embellished, who needs the truth when the lies are tastier?
Pulled the plug on "Romney"S PAC!?
First of all, Romney doesn't have a PAC, that would be an obvious violation of election law, There's is a PAC that supports Romney that he has nothing to do with since he cannot communicate with a PAC in any way shape or form.
Second, pulling the plug!? This sounds like a communistic approach to the freedom of speech on organizations that don't agree with him.
Third, Romney never actually produced a single negative ad this election, so the blame shouldn't be Romney's.
Fourth, if you want to condemn negative ads for PAC's that support you, then why not condemn the negative mailer that went out in support of you against Romney you hypocrite!?
I'm a republican, and Romney was my first choice, with Gingrich being my second, but now, I don't know if I can even support him EVER not because of what baggage he has, but because of the hypocracy I've seen him portray himself with this election cycle. It was HIS actions that did this to himself, not because of the negative ads. I don't even think he's that smart like everyone claims if he assumes America can forget this stuff.
Yep Newt was Romney-boated and swift-boated by his fellow republicans. If Romney gets the nomination he will collaspe, He is not used to being on the receiving end of no. He is a rich man that is used to getting his way or he will snap.
Why can't Newt Gingrich just admit he is not the man for the job and the people know it? His arrogance is overwhelming.
Looks like the "journalists" are running out of ammo.