New Gingrich ad employs old tactics
January 5th, 2012
02:14 PM ET
3 years ago

New Gingrich ad employs old tactics

Plymouth, New Hampshire (CNN) – Newt Gingrich has pledged not to go "negative" but made a point the night of the Iowa caucuses that he would go "comparative" and sometimes that might appear negative.

A new Gingrich television ad that debuted Thursday compares his "bold" economic plan to the "timid" plan of Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney.

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Gingrich Press Secretary R.C. Hammond said the ad is running in New Hampshire and South Carolina and would only say "significant" when asked how much they were spending on commercials.

The 30-second spot uses quotes from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes to paint the former Massachusetts governor as "timid" and the president's policies as failures. But like many political ads, this one offers partial quotes on the screen while the script pieces together lines to fit the narrative.

"Romney's economic plan? Timid. Parts of it virtually identical to Obama's failed policy," the narrator begins. On screen appears the partial quote from Forbes, "…virtually identical to a failed Obama…policy."

The "identical" line is from a recent opinion column written by Forbes contributor Charles Kadlec, but does not tell the whole story. The only part of Romney's economic plan the conservative author considers "virtually identical" to Obama was Romney's "support for a weak dollar policy – especially relative to the Chinese Yuan – as a way to improve U.S. competitiveness."

Kadlec is a conservative columnist who, according to his bio on the Forbes website, is the founder of Community of Liberty and was part of Herman Cain's team of economic advisers.

The charge that Romney is timid comes from a September 2011 Wall Street Journal editorial, which called his economic plan "surprisingly timid and tactical considering our economic predicament."

The Gingrich team has pushed the Romney is a "timid Massachusetts moderate" line for the last week.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    I'm shocked! Newt didn't keep his word? Still, this is certainly the first time... How gullible can people be to believe this political weasel?

    January 5, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. s

    please make this FAT WISEL go away

    January 5, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I am not really enjoyning watching Republicans take their new pet "Citizens United" out for a romp in their own backyard. It's a real horror show. That decision by the SCOTUS has given too much power to a demographic that shouldn't have any power over our democracy in the first place. How long will it take for these "citizens" to want the right to vote?

    January 5, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "How long will it take for these "citizens" to want the right to vote?"

    Why do they need to vote if they can just buy the decision making of whoever manages to get elected? No no...as long as they can't vote, they can sell the fairy tale that its the voters who are still making all the electoral decisions and choices and therefore still empowered to influence their "representatives'" behavior.

    January 5, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Jariv

    People, truly. New Hampshire, Please get rid of Ging. Make him the last. I call onto you New Hampshire.

    January 5, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. anotherGDlefty

    Agreed Rudy, Citizens United is what they fought hard to get so I am also enjoying them whine about outside money with no accountability destroying them with lies & innuendo.
    "Romney-boated"... really Leroy?
    It's another example of the GOP getting what they want and still not being happy.

    Rudy, if you can stomach it, pop on over to the Blaze and read the posts as they eat each other alive over the religion issue and who is the "real" American...funny stuff.

    Please pass the popcorn.

    January 5, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    Typical Republican. Actually, typical politician. They use sound bites and half-truths to paint the picture they want us to believe. They take comments out of context. I'm tired of it. Of course, voters have only themselves to blame, when they swallow this stuff hook, line and sinker, instead of finding out the facts. But that might require them to put a little effort into it and become an educated voter. And we all know that's not going to happen. I guess that old saying about getting the government we deserve is true.

    January 5, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    sniffit wrote:

    Why do they need to vote if they can just buy the decision making of whoever manages to get elected?
    -------------–
    "Taxation without representation" will be their battle cry. "Why should we have to pay any taxes?" Once they can vote, then the next battle cry will be how many votes do you get for your dollars? This is how you evolve a democracy into a plutocracy.

    January 5, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |