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. Mitt is a Git

    Neither of them are presidential–this election is worse for the republicans than 2008 was. Mitt Romney just wants to be president so he can say on his deathbed that he had all the money and power that he wanted–and is trying to prove to his father that he was able to become a presidential nominee and his father didn't. Mitt is arrogant, and his sons are clones of him: none of them work, they all live off daddy's money and live in the same compounds together. Sounds like a repeat of David Koresh or Warren Jeffs.

    Neither of these candidates are electable. In 2008, Obama won our hearts and became president, he will secure a second term by winning our minds. Intelligent voters know who the best man is for the job, and will vote for him.

    Obama/Biden 2012.

    January 31, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. The Largest Heat Since Ted Kennedy

    There is nothing better (well, at least not many things) than seeing a cheap, arrogant hypocrite destroy himself and his political party by behaving like a baby.

    Keep it up Newt! All the way to the convention. Don't let them steal what is rightfully yours by telling the truth.., oops, I mean lying about you!!

    January 31, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Puddin

    My opinion.....they are both pathetic! Gringich set the tone of the debate himself. He is uncouth, and as my uneducated Daddy described someone like Romney, "he is nasty-nice." (Not genuine). Dear God, please don't let either of them run our country, and help us rid our political system of the likes of McConnell, Boehner and Cantor. Amen

    January 31, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Dave

    If Romney's campaign is pathetic, what does this say about Gingrich's campaign since he is now losing support in Florida and nationally?

    January 31, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Jess C

    @cgs: You're asking Republicans to "be smart"? Isn't that impossible? Thought so.

    January 31, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Bob

    There isn't a Repuke standing that has a single idea to actually HELP this country.

    All they have is the Politics of Personal Destruction, Class Warafre, Lies, and Hatred for President Obama.

    January 31, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. durundal

    so let me get this straight, the man wrote the book on this kind of political muck throwing, and now he is complaining that its 'unfair'?!? What a duplicitous scumbag!

    January 31, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. ShawnDH

    The entire Republican field is a pethetic joke. THIS is the best they have? Obama will win.

    January 31, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. max

    if you get beat by pathetic what does that make you?

    January 31, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. anagram_kid

    Mr. Gingrich said, “My model is to talk about big solutions." I disagree. His model is to speak of simple, small minded solutions that his anti-intellectual base will gobble up like a box of donut holes.

    January 31, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Anonymous

    "Pathetic" is a term we can all use to describe any one of these presidential candidates, yes, including Obama...

    January 31, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. V in Chicago

    The man is delusional!

    January 31, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. ingyandbert

    Stay tuned. The spectacular, self-imposed Gringrich crash and burn will be here as soon as the Florida results come in...

    January 31, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Joe T.

    Both are an embarrassment. I can't believe people are telling me they think Obama is gonna lose to either one of these clowns.

    January 31, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. San

    If anyone is pathetic, it is Newt.

    January 31, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. GI Joe

    Obama bashing and trashing each other.

    What the hel* are their policies - specfically? oh, that doesn't matter. Tear the entire world down. It's easier than building............................

    January 31, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. gg

    for two years republicans attacks on obama was he is not a christian and should not be in the white house now there cheering a non christian

    January 31, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Ron

    Thank you GOP, affiliates and fans, for making your top candidates look like babbling fools. You would think they would both take a page out of the Obama handbook, which is talk more about not just the issues but sollutions, but nope..they'd rather talk about each other..because they are both afraid to take a stance on anything serious as fear to shun some voters. But as the saying goes, if you wont take a stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything, and that's what both of these guys are doing!! Thanks GUYS.....we laff (yes with 2 f's) at you!!

    January 31, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. GI Joe

    OOPS that didn't sound right.
    THEY are Obama-bashing and trashing each other.

    January 31, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Don

    The Republicans have become so hatred filled they even practice extreme hatred against each oother, then they want us to feel sympathetic? Lies? Of course there are lies, over half of anything Republicans ever say are NOTHING BUT lies. And now we hear them cry foul against each other. They decided to become the party of hatred and extremism, and now that they are dieing of it they want someone to try and act like an adult. An Adult? In the Republican party? Who are you trying to kid. These are nothing but big uneducated buffoons playing playgrouond bully, about the ONLY thing they have EVER been consistently. You know the type, They fluncked out grade after grade and they are 15 and only in the 6th grade? This is your typical Republlican, don't they just make you proud this is the type of contemptible bully we could have as President? Do the Republicans truly have NO SHAME AT ALL? From thier candidates and the way they act I think the resounding answer would have to be a very LOUD NO. A word the pathetic Republican Circus has only gotten too good at saying andj now it bites them where they can least afford it, against each other. How fitting, how truly fitting.

    January 31, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. A Texan

    Why do we let those who invest in "American" corporations who outsource most of the jobs to foreign countries, keeping their profits there, then tax investor profits at 15% ????? ............... I have little problem with low capital gains taxes when those investments are from companies using principally AMERICAN workers...........

    January 31, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Ron

    Gingrich = Mike Tyson, Romney = Joe Frazier they battle and bloody each other round after round and both are pushed to almost complete exhaustion....the winner (bruised, battered and badly beaten by his opponent) raises his hand in victory as the GOP nominee....only to learn he is to fight Obama Ali the NEXT DAY, who has been at full strength for months and now (thanks to your old opponent) knows all off your weaknesses--"AND ..STILL Heavyweight President of the United States of America.......BARRACK HUSSEIN ALI OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 31, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Orwell reborn

    Republicans calling each other pathetic, is something like love bites and cannibalism.

    January 31, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Truth Teller

    The presidential candidates sing.

    Barack Obama "Let's stay together"
    Mitt Romney "America the beautiful"
    Newt Gingrich "If loving you is wrong, I don't want to be right"

    January 31, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. anagram_kid

    An endorsement from Todd Palin is a good thing? I understand that a candidate cannot control who endorsees them, but to embrace this endorsement while referring to another candidate’s campaign as pathetic is just ridiculous. Does anyone in the GOP leadership recognize how low they have sunk?
    Obama 2012 – Because intelligence matters

    January 31, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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