Gingrich says Romney is 'desperate'
January 23rd, 2012
06:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich says Romney is 'desperate'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Hours before the presidential candidates face-off in another debate – the first one since Newt Gingrich's decisive win in South Carolina – the former House speaker described rival Mitt Romney as "desperate."

"If you've been campaigning for six years and you begin to see it slip away you get desperate," Gingrich said Monday in Tampa. "And when you get desperate you say almost anything, and I think at tonight's debate he'll stretch the barrier on almost anything."

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Gingrich was holding a rally outside on The River Church's property, his first campaign stop ahead of Florida's January 31 primary, when he laid out what makes him more electable over presumed front-runner Romney.

Gingrich asked, "Who do you think in the debates has the ability to go toe to toe with President Obama?"

"That's one of the best arguments for nominating me rather than Romney. See Romneycare and Obamacare are about that far a part," Gingrich said gesturing his arms closer together. "So as I was saying the genuine gap between a Reagan conservative and Barack Obama is very wide, and you need it to be this wide because you need to be in a position that most of his billion dollars falls on empty space in-between the two of you."

Just as Gingrich was making that distinction, a woman in the audience yelled, "You're not a Reagan conservative."

It turns out she's an Obama supporter. Diana Barrios was drowned out by Gingrich supporters and eventually left with her son.

"It's a free country and Mitt's allowed to have two people out of this number," Gingrich said, joking, "I mean it would feel really good if that was the margin in the primary."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jo

    I don't see how anyone could think Gingrich would make a good president. A president should be someone who has lived a life of good, moral service to this country. I understand redemption and the ability to change, but do we want that history in our President of the United States? Mitt Romney is a good, moral man with integrity and honor. I pray that the people of Florida and the people of America will see past his few flaws and come to realize how great he would be for this country.

    January 23, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Romney doesn't like anyone to get ahead of him, that's for sure. That's why he uses attack ads like crazy, against anyone who gets the lead.

    January 23, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  3. Rocky

    Newt Gingrich = Donald Trump...... me me me me me me..

    January 23, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Freeman111

    newt, you are the desperate one.

    January 23, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Romney is desperate, so is Gingrich. I don't think that either one of them is really ready to be president.

    January 23, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  6. mirrorlogic

    Pg 7 of 13 for filling federal paperwork under securities == FREDDIE MAC and FANNIE MAY === Willard Mitt owns FREDDIE MAC and FANNIE MAY securities....Hypocrisy revealed at its finest – blast NEWT for Consulting, while getting speaker fees from the very same type companies...then hit FREDDIE MAC when you own both!

    January 24, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |

    The dirty tricks GOBP will stop him in his tracks like they stopped Herman Cain.

    January 24, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |