Group backing Gingrich hits Romney for health care law and Bain record
January 14th, 2012
10:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Group backing Gingrich hits Romney for health care law and Bain record

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – Two television ads linking Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama’s health care law and challenging his jobs record were released by a super PAC backing Newt Gingrich Saturday.

Winning Our Future is saturating South Carolina television and radio markets with ads targeting presidential frontrunner Romney leading up to the decisive January 21 Republican primary.

One ad, called “Unelectable,” quotes a conservative magazine that called the former governor of Massachusetts “RINO Romney” – Republican In Name Only – and said he is the “least electable” candidate with a “long history of rejecting conservatism.”

The ad refers to the Massachusetts health care law as “Romneycare,” and said it was “the model for Obamacare.” It also claims Romney did not support the Contract with America pushed by the former House speaker that catalyzed the Republican takeover in Congress in 1994.

The other ad tries to discredit Romney’s business record when he was at the helm of private equity firm Bain Capital.

“Romney’s objective was never a focus on creating jobs,” the ad states. “In South Carolina, Romney took $12 million then laid off hundreds. No wonder some see a questionable business background.”

“Winning Our Future” is responsible for as much as $3 million in television and radio ads in South Carolina – mostly attacking Romney. The group has come under scrutiny for releasing videos that one fact-check report called a “highly misleading portrayal” of Romney’s career at Bain.

Newt Gingrich called on the super PAC to remove inaccuracies in the ad and video, or pull the two off the air, but failed to cite any specific errors in the spots.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. ddblah

    I keep thinking how on earth GOP will be at war with Obamacare while supporting Romneycare.

    It's just plain too easy to paint them hypocrites!

    January 14, 2012 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  2. mirrorlogic

    RINO Romney may be unelectable as the ad states...but he sure knows how to get media attention and buy a vote for pennies on the dollar.
    Did you see today he gave a lady $60 === Okay let's put this in perspective. $60 from a person making $40,000 a year is .015 percent of their money. The lower end estimate of Willard Mitts salary is $194,000,000 (some estimate 250million). But using $194M === if you take .015 percent that means Romney should have handed her $291,000 to match a caring medial class person's donation – does that show how silly this shallow act really was?

    January 14, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  3. gg

    Good!..Romney think he can get away with it.

    January 14, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  4. Eye of Newt

    Go get 'em, Newt! You will surge again. Hey, the surge worked in Iraq!

    Rip Romney to shreds. Don't let him humiliate you, and make you look like a loser. Hit 'em hard, boy.

    January 14, 2012 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  5. m

    It is so much fun to watch them devour their own. At the end of this primary who ever wins will be so weakened he will have absolutely no chance of beating Obama. Now if we could only find a way to accomplish the same result in the House and Senate, the country may get out of the doldrums.

    January 14, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  6. AJMcG

    It's hard to believe that Romney does anything without thinking of how it might benefit himself which is why this whole incident is just grating. Romnoid. I like that.

    January 14, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  7. joe smith

    look, if you follow the bouncing ball, you observe it bounces from Sheldon Adelton thru Benjimen Netanyahu, via Mr. Adelton's newspaper, back to Gingrich in the form of $5million, now talk about a super-pac..but why? well, they fear Ron Paul, because he would limit all foreign aid to Israel..but Gingrich on the other hand, is ok with the west bank settlements, and that pleases both Netanyahu, and Adelton, both of course Iarealis..but do you hear this from cnn, msnbc, fox,abc,cbs..NO..again why??

    January 14, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  8. Bill, NY

    why yall got be gibbon ammo to the liborolls

    January 14, 2012 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  9. Renee

    Romneycare , will Romne end Romneycare too.

    January 15, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  10. SiriusVH

    To have Gingrich, personally or indirectly, via his PACs, attack Romney on 'RomneyCare' is hilarious.

    This is what Gingrich wrote about health care reform in a 2007 Des Moines Register op-ed:

    “Personal responsibility extends to the purchase of health insurance. Citizens should not be able to cheat their neighbors by not buying insurance, particularly when they can afford it, and expect others to pay for their care when they need it.” An “individual mandate,” he added, should be applied “when the larger health-care system has been fundamentally changed.”

    "I am for people, individuals–exactly like automobile insurance–individuals having health insurance and being required to have health insurance. And I am prepared to vote for a voucher system which will give individuals, on a sliding scale, a government subsidy so we insure that everyone as individuals have health insurance."

    In other words, in 2007, Gingrich was in favor of the key provision of the individual mandate. He did so because he was against 'free-loaders' (i.e., so-called Libertarians) who want medical care but don't want to pay for health insurance and expect someone else to pick up the tab.

    January 15, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  11. Renee

    Romneycare , will Romne end Romneycare too? IF you end Obamacare you must end Romneycare too.

    January 15, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  12. king

    Lesson the fact still remained that vain manufsctoring jobs in America which are the basic of jobs creation, and create a few sale jobs which are the last line in job creation. If we don't have the core which is manufacturing, then all other jobs are like a kite without no strings, which blows aimlessly into the wind before it gets grounded. Obama has been working on bringing factories back to the united states which will create a sleuth of jobs from its manufacturing base.

    January 15, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  13. tc

    newt the newt has done a complete 180 on negative adds. getting 10percent of the vote will do that toyou.

    January 15, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  14. Larry L

    The evangelical right-wing is too close to itself to see the problem. Mainstream America isn't filled with radical Christian zeolots who spend their lives in self-righteous indignation about the liberal heathens who don't love Jesus. Most people want to pay the rent and enjoy their lives. If you keep trying to find the most right-wing Christian, regardless of his ability to serve as leader of the most powerful nation on earth, you will in all likelihood fail in the general election. We're just not as crazy as you and will see through the nonsense. Pull your heads out of your holy rectums and stop trying to create a theocracy in America. It won't work.

    January 15, 2012 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  15. Thomas

    “Winning Our Future” , I haven't seen propaganda like this since Nixon !

    Somebody on there staffs need to tell Mitt and Newt that there Martian invader strategy wont work .

    MARS ATTACS !

    January 15, 2012 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The GOBP trainwreck moves on

    January 15, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  17. HenryB

    Go get em Newt! Get even over Iowa!

    January 15, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In Lee County, Florida, we are being bombarded with Mitttens' ads, and the ugly Mittens' PAC ads against Newt. Like most conservatives, that boy Mittens, sure can spend money. Lee County went for McCain/Palin 55% to 45% for Obama/ Biden, so our seniors, veterans, and unemployed workers will always support someone like Romney, who will take away their social security and medicare, and will send jobs overseas.

    January 15, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  19. informed voter

    None of these republican losers are presidential material. I can't believe any sane, intelligent person would vote in the party that nearly destroyed our country. Any rational, informed person knows it will take at least another 4 years for President Obama and the Democrats to continue our slow recovery and progress. A vote for a Republican is a vote to turn back the clock and resume pillaging our nation's reputation and sucking the middle class dry. Obama 2012, seriously.

    January 15, 2012 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. diridi

    Does Romney have Brain, when His health Care and Obama's same, why he wants to Repeal, more so Jonathan Gruber said they are the same, well, this Romney is a biggest "FLIP-FLOPPER". Regarding Bain Capital, He is the main Pillar to ship 100,000 jobs to CHINA. Federal Government Paid for Romney Care.....True, True, and True.... This is the Biggest Idiot, who is a Vulture-Capitalist, and Private-Equity-Capitalist. This will never work. Only works, we need to Raise taxes on Rich....read, Warren Buffet in Time Magazine. True, True, and True....god bless. Obama2012.

    January 15, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. Anonymous

    Wow, the ad was right on the money when it said Bain was not about creating jobs. It's incredible how ignorant the average voter is and how the parties play on that economic ignorance. Bottom line: "Job Creators" are like unicorns and pixie dust; there is no such person. The only real "job creator" is demand for goods and services. People on both sides of the political aisle would do well to remember this.

    And PS, where are your tax returns, Romney?

    January 15, 2012 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  22. Marie MD

    newter leroy is going to need more than he could ever afford. He has put down blacks, latinos, women, gays. Not enough of the crazy righties to vote for him and it's obvious that these "christians" see a thrice married cheater not presidential material.

    January 15, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. sensible

    That's ok.....tear each other down.
    The 'contract with america' was never completed, anyway. All the 'cons' forgot it the moment they got into office.
    The mission of a 'corporate raider' is to maximize profits. Of course cutting thousands of jobs meant more money in Romney's pocket!
    Can't the republican's find anybody to run that isn't evil? Are there any republi'cons' that aren't evil?

    January 15, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    Last night game remind me Romney Campaign , sports pundits talked about the game whole week , some people were believed he was the best, and some are defend his play

    Romney is playing on his own way, the day comes his opponent will crush him

    January 15, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |