McCain blasts 'dangerous' Gingrich in South Carolina robocall
January 19th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain blasts 'dangerous' Gingrich in South Carolina robocall

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Mitt Romney has enlisted John McCain, one of his top campaign surrogates, to voice a robocall blasting Newt Gingrich for his "unacceptable" attacks on Bain Capital and Romney's private sector background.

The robocalls - the latest sign of the Romney campaign's renewed anxiety about Gingrich - began hitting South Carolina households last night.

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"Newt Gingrich has experienced a lot of backlash over the last few days for his attacks on capitalism and Republican principles, and rightfully so," McCain says in the call. "He must have forgotten that Republicans stand up for free enterprise and strong work ethic."

Gingrich is using "talking points straight out of Barack Obama's campaign playbook" and has adopted "the dangerous anti-capitalism rhetoric used by the Democrats," McCain says in the call, which was provided to CNN by a Republican voter.

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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (28 Responses)

    You guys are breaking Reagan's 11th commandment and it's very entertaining to watch. The president is going to have so much ammunition to use against these clowns.

    January 19, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. GI Joe

    Uh Oh - his girl $arah will NOT be happy with him.

    January 19, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Jariv

    Go Mitt !!! You are DA man.

    January 19, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. GI Joe

    (.... like he is relevant these days ..... get off my lawn )

    January 19, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. frespech

    Lets vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama. Republican group think.

    January 19, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. gt

    good...newt is about newt...worked with superindents just like him.. know it alls... they think.. they are anyway ...

    January 19, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    So, Romney can run negative messages in Iowa, but Newt can't in South Carolina.....LOL!

    January 19, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  8. Independent Voters

    I am so confuse Palin endorse Newt and McCain endorse Romney what the hell going on with the republicans.

    January 19, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. rs

    McCain made the same "dangerous" decsion on Palin- Does Gingrich not "learn" from History?

    January 19, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Hongli

    Mitt is calling on another dead horse to get his message out. When the heat is turned up Mitt will disappear with his bags of millions without diclosing his taxes.

    January 19, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Steve- Illinois

    Does anyone care what McCain thinks anymore?

    January 19, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. The Refudiator

    McCain's endordement will be to Romney's efforts what Palin was to McCain's... poison
    Hasta la vista Mitt...

    January 19, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  13. kakaraka

    Yeah right, Mccccain, capitalism for you is borrow money, buy companies, lay off employees, outsource jobs, refuse to pay the loan by filing bankruptcy, close the companies and get away with millions of profits. Is that capitalism? No way, that is corporate raiding, vulture capitalism and fraud. That's not what America is looking for. That's not free enterprise, that's stealing money and run away with it. That is exactly what Romeny did at Bain Capital.

    January 19, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. needfreshair

    That doggone dirty dog McCain - someone should send him to the pound! He wouldn't fight when he was running for potus! He's a user and a no-good politician who will use anyone he can to attain what he wants. If it weren't for money he'd not be where he is!!!

    January 19, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Newt as dangerous? And this from a guy that unleashed Palin on us? Unbelievable. I would love to know if the good people of Arizona really think this guy represents their best interests these days. He seems wounded, angry, and bitter ever since his loss to the President.

    January 19, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Keith Brown

    Romney calling on McCain to bash Gingrich. McCain may have said, Who ? . In a recent visit to SC McCain was going
    to speak on behalf of Romeny and as he began he called Romeny Obama ! So, Romeny who ? May have been a senior
    moment ! Oh, And Romeny forgot the money in the Islands. It's hard to keep with with when you have so mush in so many places ! For the working Americans, Duh !

    January 19, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. mishnu

    Newt Gingrich is a dangerous man.....Nixon reincarnated...Sarah Palin is doing what should be expected, endorsing (who really cares) Newt....she sat on the sidelines through all of this (cold and calculating), to see who the forerunners would be and now she expects to be "compensated" perhaps a slate as Gingrich's running mate....

    January 19, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Paul1st

    Do you think McCain would rather the Republicans stick to robocalls like the ones used against him in South Carolina in 2000? What does McCain think is better, attacking Romney's record at Bain or suggesting that he fathered a mixed race child? Is fact or fiction the true Republican way?

    January 19, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    I don't have a stake in the Gingrich vs Santorum vs Perry vs Paul vs Romney race. Having said that, never in a million of years would I have ever thought sitting on the sidelines watching a GOP parade go by could be so much fun. Can't wait to see just how low each of these bozo's will go in destroying themselves and their party. It's all they have left ... the laugh factor, that is. I don't know about the rest of you, but my meter is registering 9-9-9...

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 19, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. mike

    RINO Romney lost to RINO McCain, and RINO McCain lost to Marxist Obama. It’s only natural they would speak negative of Newt.

    January 19, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. A former republican

    What's wrong with calling a vulture a vulture? No one is attacking capitalism; the attack is on corporatism! People like Mittens are bloodsuckers sucking the lifeblood out of the United States economy!

    January 19, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. TTBALA

    Oh McCaine you never learn your lesson, you belittled G.W. Bush so much then ran after him and supported him after telling him he should be ashamed of himself, now same thing with Romney, all these negative contents that you compiled against Romney at the last election cycle is forgotten now and he is a good candidate, how is anybody supposed to believe one word that comes out of your mouth, oh and do not forget Sarah Palen was the best decision you made, that tells it all you old koot, go home and play with your grandkidt you don't belong in Washington.

    January 19, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. tom clements

    McCain is the best advertiising tool for Gingrich. I could not stand having MccCain as our best option last go around. I was starting to come along with Romney but he is pushing me away with Mccain

    January 19, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    He didn’t learn from his past experience

    January 19, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney needs to pull out all the stops because Newt is coming for his head. Time to sure he can get down in the mud and fight because he'll need to do it with Obama.

    January 19, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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