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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The circular firing squad continues. Even with a win today, Mittens cannot sew up enough convention delegates until April or so. That leaves us many more weeks of this vaudville show as the two of them try to outdo each other in gutter politics.
If Gingrich is whining now, what would he do in a general election against an Obama campaign flush with cash and cheered on by an adoring media? Mitt can play hardball...and that is necessary. I love Mitt!
Newt Gingrich is a maniac. The press should not patronize him with his ridiculous quote “Ideas”. I do not understand why the press would let him out of the nut house. He is embarrassing. He hates sick people because he left his other two wives when they became ill. That is why he really opposes a health plan. He is sickening.
yup, you have to wint he independents if you want to beat Obama..... tsk tsk. Newt cant cut it
Romney's arrest record is very troublesome. His career in politics and business is built upon destroying other people. Why would Republicans want someone like that to go up against Obama? Romney has no chance against Obama.
Newt is the ideal third party candidate. He is too extreme for even the GOP. Instead of destroying the GOP he should form a third party for people like himself.
Newt hates negative campaigning...when his opponents do it. Of course he wants everyone to run nice, positive campaigns, probably involving rainbows and unicorns...because Newt has a skeleton closet that puts the Roman catacombs to shame, and he knows it.
Newt reminds me of the playground bully.
Both Gingrich and Romney along with most Republicans use fear, intolerance, greed, and hate to pave their way to power. Imagine 50% of the voting public aspiring to those ideals? No thanks...Obama 2012
My self i will vote for the underdog . between Obama, newt or mitt i dont see a candidate that cares about our great nation . i will vote for any one else that is running besides these 3
I am a Demcratic leaning Independent and if Romney wins the nomination, I would seriously consider voting for him. We need moderates from both parties to join together and tell the far wingnuts of the right AND left to shut up and get things done.
What's pathetic is that Todd Palin is one of his "most famous supporters". Is fame really being the husband of a political joke who quit her job, ruined the chances of McCain to become POTUS and has turned into a money grubbing fame whore? Maybe his push to have Alaska secede from the US will come to fruition and then Newt can be President of Alaska.
to david: obama blames everyone else? hmmmm the bush administration was losing 800,000 jobs a month at the end of their term-we have now recorded postive job creation numbers for over 20 consecutive months... newt wants to repeal health care +social security– and cut off the elderly and disabled from food stamps when we are still reeling from the tough times created by rich republicans....oh yeah, we are out of iraq and pulling out of afghanistan– bush's war again....from a common sense perspective obama inherited the worst situatuion of an incoming president since lincoln or fdr.... he oughta blame someone but he doesn't–he stepped up to the plate...mistakes? yep–for sure– but working away at the problems left for him? you betchya!! boy it sure would be nice to have afew idiots like todd and sarah palin and rick perry making the decisons...tell you what...you can head to the moon with newt!! start that colony today!!!! that sure is big vison from the right... being an idiot in america is not inalienable right-look it up in the constitution.
Both of these guys are clowns.
you know as an outsider looking in at the gop party, the longer you let newt destroy the gop the harder it will be to recover and lemme tell you, i'm sick of CNN putting on newt and cain, expecially wolf and peirce the 2 reporters you have with no common sence. The gop party need to kick out newt and save some dignity or you guys are gonna lose big this year....lol
Calls the competition 'pathetic', and in the same breath complains about the 'negative tone of the race'? These twits seem to avoid credibility at any cost.
one thing Mitt said I agree with, Newt needs to look in the mirror when it comes to placing blame. He calls Mitt a liar but fails to tell us what the lies really are. One thing about Newt that was said when he was on top, his only downfall would be his own doing. And so far it is...of course the negative ads helped but just WHAT in those ads were not true? The NASCAR crowd in SC was in Newt's corner because they are pretty easy to fool. Florida crowds are a bit smarter.
Obama gives a terrific speach but cant deliver. Newt and Mitt just talk trash our GOP just dont care . i think only middle or poor class should be able to hold these positions who else can better understand the needs of our great nation than the poor or midle class
I won't be voting for a delusional, verbal thug for the Presidency of the United States of America.
the newter is the one who is "pathetic" – If I was a republican – I would Vote for Romney – versus the newter – But my vote is for the regular / everyday / working people / in this country – the people who punches their time cards / slides their card key /who has to keep track of their TIME – each week -whether it's hours, or days / or minutes. My Vote isn't for obama – it's for the working people – so that's why I'm Voting Democrat !!
Larry in Houston
Gingrich didn't invent negative campaigning, but he sure did everything he could to popularize it when he coached his Republican brethren in how to portray their Democratic rivals . . . up to and including calling them traitors.
Romney and his campaign may indeed be pathetic, but Gingrich is whatever's 15 percentage points worse than pathetic.
Newt is a Chickenhawk. Mitt is a robot. Both are vampires–very thirsty for some Iranian blood.
OBAMA2012. Period. All these idiots are nonsense to this nation....they are not for Middle Class Americans.
i endorse obama, and i approve of this message