Gingrich: Romney campaign is 'pathetic'
January 30th, 2012
05:46 PM ET
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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. Bubba

    The entire GOP Circus right now is pathetic. None of these men are leaders; they are rabble-rousers and bomb-throwers waiting for a Beer Hall Putsch to give them their chance.

    January 31, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Cedar Rapids

    Newt moaning about the negative campaigning and then complaining about how useless and pathetic Romney is.
    Thats too funny.

    And yet, when all is said and done, the loser will stand up and declare to the world how fantastic and perfect the winner is for POTUS.

    January 31, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. Amazing

    The king of political negativity is calling someone else pathetic because they are employing Newt’s tactics. Gingrinch is a so-called genius. Can someone tell one big idea he initiated that was actually executed? I simply can’t recall of any.

    January 31, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. Tom

    Gingrich also revealed in his speech that one of his most famous supporters, Todd Palin, will hit the campaign trail with him soon.
    How much can the republicans dumb themselves down?
    Hey, get Joe the plumber. Make it a real freak fest

    January 31, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Mike

    I love this guys that think "a true conservative" can win in November. True conservatives account for only 20-25% of voters. Moderates and independents will decide this election and there is no way they will vote for the wife-cheater / ethics violator / mortgage company lobbyist / moon colonist. Republicans learned nothing from 2008 when the conservatives forced McCain to choose Pailin as his runningmate, and how did that turn out?

    January 31, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. RealPolitics

    Romeny has nothing but lies to cover up his lack of honesty and conservatism, Newt has the knowledge but no conservatism, Honesty+Conservatism=Santorum. Vote for Rick Santorum.

    January 31, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Joe Smith

    He gets hrman cain as a keynote draw, and calls romney pathetic? Pot, meet kettle.

    Both of them are not worthy of being the local dog catcher. Pathetic does not even begin to touch how terrible they are as candidates and how much of a disaster either would be as president.

    January 31, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. brian

    So you got todd palin now do you, well ain't you special!!! after all he did sit in on his wife's cabinet meetings in alaska, maybe he can get joe the not plumber next, oh and some dancing girls and trick ponies too.

    January 31, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. sortakinda

    So much for the VP slot, Newtie. Ahoy! It's Newt, the beached whale washing ashore on the Florida beach!

    January 31, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. clarke

    Well Newt you aren't any different. Ron Paul is the only man among you. At least with him, you know where he stands and appears to be honest.

    January 31, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Joe Smith

    To our math challneged friend who thinks romney would be broke if he were paying the same tax rate as the middle class. Are you that stupid? If paying that much on a middle class income does not leave you destitute....

    besides the math is simple. He collected 45 millions for not working and paid 6 millions in taxes. Net of 39 millions. On top of the hundreds of millions he started with. Double the tax rate and his net is a paltry 33 millions for not working, added to the hundreds of millions he already had. If you tripled his tax rate so he were actually paying that would come to a net of a measly beggars take of 27 millions for two years of not working or doing anything. Hardly nough to pay the heating bill, let aone put food on your family. How can you afford the yacht, the country club dues, yacht club dues, a 700 series BMW for everyone on their birthday, AND pay the illegals to cut the grass? What would a poor poor multimillionaire do???

    January 31, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I still find it amusing that Newt Gingrich, the man who perfected the art of the Negative Campaign, is pouting because his own tactics are being successfully used against him. He is acting like a 6-year-old who made up his own rules to a game and is now being beaten by his own rules.
    While I do not doubt that Newt is a skilled debater, he underestimated the ability of his opponents to learn how to debate him. Also, many undecided voters are more ready to listen to a 15 second sound bite taken out of context then they are to listen to a 2 hour debate. Romney and the PACs supporting him have more money to pay for advertising (negative or otherwise) than the Gingrich, Santorum and Paul campaigns combined. Does that make him truly the heir apparent for the Republican Party this term? I can't tell yet.
    But will someone please answer this for me – assuming that Mitt wins the nomination by sewing up enough delegates to win it before the convention, how fast will Newt change his tone of "Mitt Romney cannot beat Barak Obama" to "Mitt Romney CAN beat Barak Obama"?

    January 31, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Surfer George

    It is SOOoooo thoughtful of the Republican candidates to provide the soundbites that will be used by President Obama and "superpacks" (I REALLY HATE THEM, but they're legal – for now) in the general election I'm sure they will have plausible excuses for their rhetoric, but they said the words... We're just gonna use them.

    January 31, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. kenny

    Spelling Correction.

    Newt "THE HOOT" Gingrich thinks he is the only Republican candidate that can go toe to toe against President Obama. Newt hasn't faced reality. The reality is that Newt hasn't even seen his toes in decades. There is one other small detail he has yet to accept and that is that he is a habitual liar that claims to be a historian and all he is spreading is HISTORY ACCORDING TO NEWT.

    Newt talks about having big ideas, big visions, and a big future. Now Newt's model is to talk about big solutions. Yes "BIG SOULTIONS", you know, really stupid stuff like having a lunar colony on the moon by 2021. As broke as our country is, and with no vehicle of our own to put our own people back into space this idiot says build a colony on the moon. When he made that comment even my Puddle looked at me in amazement. Newt Gingrich is living in a dream world where even his dreams are to wild to come true.

    January 31, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    Its good to see Todd back out there. Why should it bother him that every man in the free world has been laughing at him with the news a famous NBA star came up to Alaska and hooked up with his bride to be. It takes a big man to get over that.

    January 31, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. bobby

    "pathetic" newt got something right.

    January 31, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. teamexcite

    Newt is something else! He is caught in outright lies, such as boldly stating he offered ABC News individuals that were ready to refute the testimony of his ex-wife during a live debate, and he has the gall to accuse Romney of distorting the truth? This guy is so overboard, he doesn't even know what he is saying from one day to the next! His whining and complaining are so juvenile, it's pathetic! How anyone can support this guy is beyond me, he is such a loser who has no business being a candidate! The problem is that as we watch him self-destruct, he is also destroying the credibility of the the process. It appears he is the incumbent's secret weapon!

    January 31, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. diridi

    GOP itself is substance, no integrity, no middle class, rich, rich...ha...

    January 31, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. d

    If Todd Palin is your "celebrity" draw, then I think your campaign is in some trouble. Rational people don't care what SARAH Palin has to say, let alone her dimwit husband.

    January 31, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  20. GonzoinHouston

    You live by the sword, you die by the sword. Newt made his career by going negative early and often, and facts be damned. Now he is being pounded into oblivion by his own favorite tactics. How does it feel, Newt?

    January 31, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  21. Hairball

    There was a "pleasant breeze" blowing until Newt showed up! This guy makes McCain look good-natured.

    January 31, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Mike Botwin

    Newt can dish it out but he can't take it. Right now he's squealing like that guy in 'Deliverance.'

    January 31, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  23. Steve

    I agree with cgs. Gingrich is not electable. His record is poor, he ruined the Republican Party in the 1990's and he's a tad crazy. Romney has great experience in the private and public sectors and would make a decent President. I think he can beat Obama.

    January 31, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  24. Bessy

    Why do these idiot Republicans keep thinking that either of the Palin opinions count for anything ? More like the " kiss of death " I think. I guess the next one to show up to support him will be " Joe the Plumber ". Oh well, it sure is a laugh a minute watching these Republicans.

    January 31, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. CoJo

    Romney pathetic ? Newt hasn't looked in the mirror lately has he

    January 31, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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