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. parkmore

    Newt is getting out of his mind

    January 31, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. TheTraveler

    Personally, I don't care which wins the GOP nomination, Obama will win another term anyway. Let Mittens and Newt play in the mud all they want. It suits them ... If that is the best that either of them have, it falls far, far short of the kind of leadership this country needs ...

    Obama 2012

    January 31, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. W.G.

    The Classic " Pot calling the Kettle "BLACK" .

    January 31, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. The Oracle

    The GOP is such a fragmented monster, nobody can tell what the he11 they stand for anymore. Do yourselves a favor... ditch the evangelicals and the tea party (which had the promise of a real conservative movement) and get back to a consistent message of limited government and fiscal responsibility. Be freaking clear on what the role of gov't is instead of simply whining about how big it is and how much you want to destroy it – all the while you are trying to gain as much of it as possible.

    Until then you will continue to be a party in the final death throws of outdated ideas, philosophy, and vision. Ronald Reagan? Really? That's the best vision you can come up with is going back to the 80's. Good luck with that.

    January 31, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Bermille

    This is why Obama will win. A divided GOP, hatemongering and severe rhetoric will turn off the voters and they will go with the nerd they know.

    January 31, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. keith A. sillsbury

    big ideas! BIG IDEAS I tell Ya!! We're gonna build a spaceship and fly to the moon! We're gonna live in moon bubbles and have moon babies and eat moon pies! BIG IDEAS I TELL YA!!

    January 31, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Stacey

    LOL! Both campaigns are pathetic and embarassing. Really doesn't matter in the end. Obama will win re-election.

    January 31, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. gimmesometruth

    Is Romney a pathetic candidate? Is the Pope Catholic?

    January 31, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What's pathetic is Newt's serial complaining just like his serial marriages and furthermore Todd Palin always campaigns with the loser; his wife Sarah and the guy who lost the senate seat in Alaska. LOL

    January 31, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Greg

    The chickens are coming home to roost, eh Newt?

    January 31, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. once upon a horse

    Notice how when things don't go Newt's way how he whines and cries? And THIS man wants to be POTUS??? It's always everybody's fault BUT Newt's when things go this way. He has learned from Sarah Palin very well!

    January 31, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. keith A. sillsbury

    Wait Wait... I got another one. BOOM! POWER!.. TO THE MOON ALICE!!!

    January 31, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. ContrastandCompare

    Welcome to the new America.

    BHO wins in Nov, we become a 3rd world dictatorship ran country.

    Thanks to MITT, this will be our new reality.

    Hope you anti- Newt or anti-Conservatives are pleased with yourself.

    Mitt would make BHO a great VP.

    Try it, best kool-aid in town.

    January 31, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Kentgwen

    So, Gingrich surveyed the Washington landscape and the hallowed halls of academia and carefully evaluated everyone who was willing to prostrate their reputation on the table of national ridicule and he came up with Todd Palin. What's the matter, Todd, did you lose a bet?

    January 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Anonymous010

    "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."

    Hypocrite. That is all.

    January 31, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. David Sawyer

    It would be interesting to see if Newt maintained that same high tone of not tearing down his opponent if he were the nominee against Obama. I think not, but fortunately, I don't believe he'll have the opportunity to practice what he is preaching.

    January 31, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. ProperVillain

    In the absence of intelligence, the mudslinging and name calling begins. I'm sitting this election out. All of the candidates are nothing more than a pack of old farts and morons whose only concern is keeping their party in power and their corporate financiers happy. Critical thought in this country is in the toilet. If it wasn't people like Newt, Mitt and Rick would have been laughed out of the running the second they threw their hats in the ring. The US is pathetic...

    January 31, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Darth Cheney

    He's losing to someone who's "pathetic", so what does that make him?

    January 31, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. karen

    Newt Gingrich is a nasty person. He has made a career of sowing the seeds of discourse, and I have never ever seen a more viscious, hypoctrical person less fit to hold the highest office in the land than this man. If Republicans are williing to have this man represent them for the POTUS, they will become totally irrelevant as a party.

    January 31, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. JennyT

    Both Mitt & Gingrich are horrible people; but Gingrich is a sociopath.

    January 31, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. JPX

    It's amazing to me that anyone would want this bloated, blowhard of a bully to be their president. I just look at that big, fat face and think about the fact that he's a serial cheater and find myself amazed that he has gotten this far in the race. Do you want to turn you TV on each day and see that face?

    January 31, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. Angela

    Maybe Trutv can use this on their show " World's Dumbest."

    January 31, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  23. Phil in KC

    If it's so pathetic, how come he's winning? Sounds like sour grapes to me.

    January 31, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Barry G.

    Now that's calling the kettle black! People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    How much money did they say Newt took, as a lobbyists for Fredie Mac? Was it $1.6 billion?

    Thanks Newt.

    January 31, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Pauletteb

    Is there anyone more pathetic than Michael Reagan: a bona fide loser still trying to convince people he's relevant? And Newt's grousing about negative campaigning is hilarious from Mr. Slash and Burn himself!

    January 31, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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