Independence, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is resigned to losing tomorrow's Iowa caucuses but he will consider any outcome a victory.
"I don't think I'm going to win. I think if you look at the numbers, I think that volume of negativity has done enough damage," said Gingrich, referring to the millions spent on advertising by his opponents and third party groups that have gone after the former speaker for his ties to mortgage giant Freddie Mac to his position on climate change.
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After speaking to about a hundred Iowans at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center the former House speaker told reporters, "Whatever I do tomorrow night will be a victory because I'm still standing."
Gingrich has spent the last seven days trying to regain momentum as he campaigns in Iowa. Gingrich has spent $1 million in positive television ads here touting his record and plan to revive the economy.
On Sunday, the former speaker acknowledged he regrets not responding to the negative ads two weeks sooner. His campaign has not countered any of the negative attacks with airtime but Gingrich has indicated he will be drawing much sharper contrasts with rival former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
CNN's Gary Tuchman asked him if he wanted this nomination more than anything. Gingrich said 'anything' is a big term, that he'd want to be with his wife and family, but he's compelled to run out of concern for the country.
"I regard it as a duty, not a pleasure. I regard it as an obligation, not an ambition, and I am prepared to do it and I will do it with everything I've got," Gingrich said in Independence. "But if you said to me, compared to the things we've done over the last 12 years that are fun? This is exciting, it's interesting, it's fascinating. But it's not at the center of my being, it's at the center of my duty."
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