Gingrich: Romney campaign is 'pathetic'
January 30th, 2012
05:46 PM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich: Romney campaign is 'pathetic'

Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) – Newt Gingrich took his latest swing at Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney on Monday, calling his opponent's campaign "pathetic" and grousing loudly about the negative tone of the race.

Campaigning in Fort Myers on the eve of the Florida primary – his fourth stop on a statewide fly-around - Gingrich took the stage in a parking lot at the local airport to address several hundred supporters, many of whom had been waiting in a pleasant breeze for nearly two hours to see the candidate.

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Gingrich promptly launched into a diatribe about the "profoundly false" blizzard of ads from the Romney campaign and his allies attacking Gingrich's record in Washington and ties to the troubled mortgage firm Freddie Mac.

He cited a New York Times piece from Sunday examining a Romney campaign meeting on the morning after their drubbing in the South Carolina primary.

In the meeting, Gingrich said, referring the Times piece, Romney and his aides settled on a plan to "destroy" the former House Speaker in Florida.

"And I thought to myself, what a pathetic situation to be running for the President of the United States with nothing positive to say for yourself," Gingrich said.

"And nothing available, a big idea, big vision, a big future, and all you got to do is try to tear your opponent down to where they get smaller than you are. That's the Romney model. Now that's not my model. My model is to talk about big solutions."

Gingrich was introduced at the Fort Myers event by Herman Cain, who endorsed him on Saturday, and Michael Reagan - both of whom defended Gingrich's conservative bona fides.

Cain, though, left the rally before Gingrich spoke in order to make an appearance on Fox News.

Gingrich also revealed in his speech that one of his most famous supporters, Todd Palin, will hit the campaign trail with him soon. The campaign said Palin recorded a last minute get out the vote robocall for Gingrich that will go out in Florida on Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Cybersport

    If Todd Palin and Herman Cain are supporting Newt that is a reason to be against him.

    January 31, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. PTNY

    Not helpful.

    January 31, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  3. kierthos

    Am I remembering it wrong (which is very well possible), or did Gingrich actually start with the negative attacks first? I mean, I seem to recall him doing this kind of thing in South Carolina....

    January 31, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. Mrmew55

    Actually they're all pathetic excuses for Presidential candidates – on the other hand, considering how badly they've screwed up the country, I would think that anybody should be embarrassed to even admit that they're a Republican!

    January 31, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  5. Dina

    Nothing about the way this guy speaks is presidential. I would be embarrassed to have him as my president. But then, I was mortified by George W.

    January 31, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. tv22

    Poor Newt, he started a negative campaign and now he's getting buried by it. Shouldn't play with fire Newtie, you may get burned!

    January 31, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Tell the Republucans to stop deceiving the public & attacking each other than attacking the real issues- I will not vote for Obama or anyone who does not address the issues the public is facing- like the Missing MF Global Customer Funds

    January 31, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  8. TM

    Newt whining because the OTHER guy's negative campaign is working better than HIS negative campaign. What a pathetic bunch of clowns. And they actually expect us to chose one of THEM to be president. I wouldn't hire either of these losers for one of Gingrich's famous janitor jobs.

    January 31, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  9. EdSantaFe

    Methinks Newt is just plain Nuts.

    January 31, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  10. PTNY

    And the Dude! Guess Sarah is making him go out and get his own money.

    January 31, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  11. jim

    pot, meet kettle

    January 31, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    "Pathetic" is one of Newt's fallback words. We've all seen Gingrich characterize his opponants this way over the last 2 decades. Unfortunately, to be calling your opponant pathetic while your campaign is floundering, and to whine about a negative tone that you helped to create is, well, pathetic. Go back to dreaming up moon colonies, Newt: you're done.

    January 31, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. David

    Now there's the pot calling the kettle black.

    January 31, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  14. Liz the First

    And he's a lousy singer! one more way he's far inferior to Obama. but since rethugs have no hearts or brains, how could they have soul? it's so funny to hear these clowns rip each other a new one knowing after the convention, whoever loses will then turn around and practically deify the winner.

    January 31, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. Mindie in Indie

    The GOP race is amusing at best. But none of it really matters anyway. Obama will win his 2nd term.

    January 31, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  16. Jack from Illinois

    The irony – Newt complaining about 'negative campaigning'.

    He practically invented the practice. How does your own petard feel, Newt?

    January 31, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  17. Larry L

    The Grand Old Party is imploding. They allowed the hateful fringe groups to select their House of Representatives and now the same radicals are delivering this group of clowns as candidates for POTUS. Independents will have an easy time selecting President Obama in 2012!

    January 31, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  18. Solid

    Seriously people we need to change the word "joke" to "gope" in honor of these republican candidates for president. Let me use it in a sentence for you, "You've gotta be goping me!"

    January 31, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  19. Jerry

    Now, now, WHO is really "pathetic"?! This idiot is attempting to destroy the Republican Party. And, if he's successful; who is going to keep our Teleprompter-in-Chief in check. The president will then be allowed to continue the path towards our country's destruction.

    Now, that's "pathetic."

    Would you believe this comment is coming from a life-long Democrat?!

    January 31, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  20. SCAtheist

    Moon man is destroying himself

    January 31, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  21. Marry

    “…pathetic situation to be running for the President of the United States with nothing positive to say for yourself!"
    Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, GOP/TP – all are pathetic and desperate and very dangerous! How can you expect different when all they did is destroy the country and then refuse to work on fixing it but to only top it by one goal from day one: We want the President to fail!
    We do not! President Obama 2012!

    January 31, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Newt is right. Mr. Should I Wear the Blue or White-checked Shirt? is one of the most flaccid and pathetic candidates ever. If Karl Rove wants to prove he can ram an elitist down the throats of Americans everywhere, why not go whole hog and dress Rmoney the Neocon Robot in a top hat with a monocle and walking stick. Clearly that is what he'd be most comfortable wearing.

    January 31, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  23. LovesIrony

    "pathetic":supporters, many of whom had been waiting in a pleasant breeze for nearly two hours to see the candidate.

    January 31, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  24. PulTab

    Nooty calling anyone pathetic is pathetic.

    January 31, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. Seattle Sue

    If Gingrich wants to see pathetic, he and his wife should look in a mirror.

    January 31, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
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