Gingrich calls out own super PAC, sort of
January 14th, 2012
07:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich calls out own super PAC, sort of

UPDATE: Gregg Phillips, managing director for Winning our Future, responded to Gingrich's request by writing an open letter to Mitt Romney, asking the candidate to answer five questions about his time at Bain.

Phillips writes, "We will agree to revise our ads and/or the video to reflect any errors that may be present in the current version of the video. To do this, however, we respectfully request you answer a few questions that might help guide our review."

The questions for Romney revolve around the timing of his departure from Bain. Phillips asks: "When did you leave Bain for good – full time or part time? When did you relinquish controlling interest in Bain, any Bain projects or Bain funds? When did you resign as the CEO? When was the last Bain document submitted to the government denoting you as an executive at Bain? When did you receive the final check from Bain for any investment in which you had and interest?"

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called on the super PAC supporting his candidacy to remove inaccuracies in an ad and video, or pull the two off the air, but failed to cite any specific errors in the spots.

"Winning Our Future," the super PAC supporting the former House speaker is currently airing an ad in South Carolina, which features clips from the longer movie, "King of Bain." The nearly half hour video criticizes rival GOP hopeful Mitt Romney over his history as CEO at Bain Capital.

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In a statement Friday, Gingrich also once again called on Romney to repudiate ads from a super PAC supporting his candidacy and used the opportunity to once again highlight what he sees as the incorrect elements in the anti-Gingrich spots.

"The American people deserve a robust debate and full comparison of the plans and records of the people who are asking for their vote," Gingrich said. "They also deserve assurances that the information they are hearing is accurate. I am committed to holding my campaign and my supports to this high standard of accuracy and I hope Governor Romney will do the same."

The release from Team Gingrich linked to three stories that took issue with the spots from "Restore Our Future," the pro-Romney group, and criticized the former Massachusetts governor's history of job creation at Bain.

Candidates are not allowed to coordinate with so-called super PACs, organizations that have flooded the airwaves in early presidential voting states. Spots from the independent groups have received increased scrutiny during this election cycle. Gingrich has taken particular aim at Romney over ads, critical of Gingrich that flooded the airwaves mostly in New Hampshire. Romney insisted that by law he had no authority over the PAC.

- CNN's Shawna Shepherd and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Steve, New York City

    I guess we can thank the Supreme Court's obtuse, disgusting 2010 decision.
    Now $$$$$$ is (EVEN MORE SO) is the only voice in Washington.

    While they're at it, why don't they just scrap the electoral college system and let lobbyists (and other "highest bidders") determine our elections?

    They pull this crap, and politicians STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND why people (except rich lobbyists) hate them!

    January 13, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why change anything? Everything that I have heard from it sounds factual to me. Besides, the Romney campaign purposefully misquoted Pres. Obama in an effort to misled the public. Romney even rationalized a reason for doing it.

    January 13, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Newt is very smart, his brain never rest
    He is sending message to people who is defending Mitt Romney, first you all back off

    January 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The ad is correct, but Newt is catching it from the Mittens crowd, even Limpbag is upset with him.

    January 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican rule #1: Only someone as rich as Mittens can trash his primary opponents, using lies if necessary.

    January 13, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Go Newt. You owned those Fakes News clowns when you explained to them the difference between Romney's vulture capitalism and regular capitalism. Now go for the jugular and demand Romney's tax returns. And just to be clear for all the birthbaggers, make sure you get ALL his tax forms. Schedules B and C should be quite interesting.

    January 13, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Why change anything? Everything that I have heard from it sounds factual to me.
    ====================================================================
    Wow, Rudy supporting a SuperPAC now! I guess you've changed your mind on that Citizens United thing huh? Now all in favor of free speech are you? Or just if it isn't used to spread the truth about Obama???

    January 13, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. unsub

    i am 100% behind newt's ads.

    January 13, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. SecedingfromTexas

    Newt had to say this to his PAC. He is setting up the threatened lawsuits towards "any" media that runs Mitt's ads.
    It is called CYA. He can't demand from Mitt something he won't do himself, therefore – trap set.

    January 13, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Jake

    Gingrich is vile!

    January 13, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Who is the CNN COMMENTS editor today ?

    Please let me know why you didn't post my last five comments ,
    did I not comply with your guidelines ?

    I thought Journalism went with free speech .

    January 13, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    Since the posts was closed on religion, I'll have to answer here.

    Fair is Fair

    @ Woman in California -

    I agree he should. I really do! So, let's say he does, and affirms that he does not hold that belief Would you believe him? The quetion is rhetorical. If we cannot overcome long-held prejudices, what does that say of us?

    America has a lot of work to do and a long way to go but Romney should give us the option of at least hearing what he has to say afterall, he wants to be president. From there – we can form our own opinions and as to your question of whether or not I will believe him well, let's just say he would have done the RIGHT thing in this regard.

    January 13, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    awwww......Rushbo limpy is upset with Newt. Good for the Newter.

    January 13, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. V in Chicago

    @Jake – I agree. What a horrible President he would be. Not much in the "man" category either . . .

    January 13, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Truth asked:

    Wow, Rudy supporting a SuperPAC now!
    ---------------–
    Nope. It is called accepting reality and adapting to a changing environment. Liberals call it progress.

    January 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. NOT ALLOWED TO COMMUNICATE WITH SUPER PAC(S)

    Candidates are not allowed to communicate with Super Pacs. Romney refused to tell Gingrich's PACS to pull their "ads" citing federal law.... now Gingrich is having to tell them himself due to the wicked backlash the incredibly biased and non-factual "ads" are creating towards him. Funny. Perhaps Gingrich will go to jail next for breaking federal law.

    January 13, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. diridi

    well, it is GOP, you can not expect any better. They are all thugs, and will ruin Middle Class and ban your social security, and Medicare.....watch. Obama2012.

    January 14, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. DC Observer

    Crybaby Gingrich was convicted of corruption while Speaker of the House – he is now violating election laws by coordinating a PAC

    January 14, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Update, those 5 questions Romney won’t answer if he answered there will be 50 follow up questions
    Those 5 questions may show exit sign to Romney
    I told Newt is so smart

    January 14, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |