Three questions to Newt Gingrich on primary day
January 31st, 2012
12:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Three questions to Newt Gingrich on primary day

Lakeland, Florida (CNN) - With polls showing Newt Gingrich trailing his arch rival Mitt Romney on primary day in Florida, the former House speaker remains confident he can still win the GOP nomination.

CNN fired off three questions to Gingrich as he was greeting voters outside a campaign office in Lakeland, Florida. He singled out Romney's negative advertising to explain his expected loss in Tuesday's primary.

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CNN: Do you still see a path to the nomination?

Gingrich: "Of course. You unify the conservatives. Romney is not going to get anywhere near a majority here. You unify the conservatives. You win the delegates and you have the nomination."

CNN: Did you let your guard down here in Florida?

Gingrich: "No, I would say that when you're outspent five to one with ads that are dishonest, it's a challenge."

CNN: Are you saying he's running a dishonest campaign?

Gingrich: "Well that's what the Wall Street Journal and National Review said."

Gingrich was a good half hour early to the event in Lakeland, a sign that perhaps he's ready to put Florida behind him.


Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    There should be just one questions to him: Why?

    January 31, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. TomInRochNY

    If Newt still thinks he has a shot he's already living on that moon base of his.

    January 31, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. king

    newt you are a mess, but compare to romney slick self you is special. i hate being around someone that is always hiding something and you never know what he'll do at any given time. romney shout down obama for not being a leader, yet romney waits until things developes before he jumps on the band wagon. what up with leadership. its ironic that the repubs shout bloody hell about throughtout obama's tenure, is the same type of leader they dread so much they are willing to replace obama with. Dont tell me they dont have no other conservative repub left in your party that you guys have no choice but to choose romney as the aternative to the most hated president in repub history. this is telling me you guys was faking all this time just to get a democrat, especially a black one, out of office. that was slick to the gullibles in america, so i am glad that all americans are not that gullible.

    January 31, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. Jason

    Gingrich is the only conservative that can win. Santorum is the other conservative but he has no chance what-so-ever against Romney and all his money. Sorry Ron Paul, your monetary policy ideas are right on the money from what I can tell but other than that you seem to be a nut case.

    January 31, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. Voice of Reason

    I'm surpised that his answer to the questions wasnt something along the lines of, "I'm offended that you would ask that question. How dare you mere mortals question me?"

    January 31, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Newton Leroy claims to be a Raegan conservative but disagrees with Raegan on almost everything. Newt is in way over his head. If he thinks his negative campaign will bring down the President, he's sadly mistaken.

    January 31, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Skitownrefugee

    I think I figured it out – Newt and Romney are in reality exactly the same – each changing their stance on issues to suit the situation, each going totally negative on each other, both with gigantic egos and wanting to be the center of attention (i.e. president) both for the wrong reasons. They don't have convincing ideas to stand on so they work with negativism and distruction – one as bad as the other. Don't you see – they are the same and like charged particles repel each other and they are repelling lots of voters as well.

    January 31, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. unsub

    there will be one winner come november and he hails from the great state of HAWAII!

    January 31, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Question, what would Newt's wife be called, "The Third Lady" because she certainly isn't "The First Lady".

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

    you better be careful asking Newt questions since he loves to blast the "evil left wing Obama-loving media" every chance he gets. Remember when things go wrong for Newt or someone is against him it's EVERYBODY'S fault but his own. He must have learned that from the "Sarah Palin" school of being a GOP candidate.

    January 31, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    9.Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Question, what would Newt's wife be called, "The Third Lady" because she certainly isn't "The First Lady".
    ------------------------
    The Second Mistress. I think.

    January 31, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  12. Larry in Houston

    If I was a Republican – I would vote for Romney versus the Newter. At least we can see somebody new has to offer – other than an 'ol "re-tread" or an 'insider' that was a "has been" for years, and years. I've never, Ever, voted for a republican, and I've been following politics ever since november 23rd, 1963.

    January 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like more on this opinion that Romney is running a dishonest campaign. I don't want to hear from other sources that should have had a link in this posting. Gingrich should state clearly what is dishonest about Romney's campaign commercials other than not getting NBC's permission to use a segment from the Nightly News.

    January 31, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. logicnLA

    Why is it every time Newt says something, he then says "well that's what (blank) said"? doesn't his rteam do any of it's own research?

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

    Mitt will criticize this president for campaining, yet he has been campiaining for 6 years. Why is it, that Mitt has been running for president for the past 6 years, but still can not get a simple majority in any state?

    January 31, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  16. Gurgi

    @once on a horse, ummmm, you have that wrong, Obama is the one that blames everyone else but himself.

    January 31, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Gurgi, you continue to be reality challenged.

    January 31, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  18. Phil in KC

    How is showing up early a sign he's ready to put FL behind him? It seems to indicate to me that he was prepared to spend more time wth voters. What did I miss?

    January 31, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Straight Shooter

    Gurgi! Oh Gurgi, Time for your nap – put Mommy's keyboard down. You can play with Mommy's keys until you fall asleep.

    January 31, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Gurgi

    And Wire you keep fitting the "left wing liberal nutjob" stereotype. You really need to work on that. Sometimes you do have intelligent thoughts in your posts. That is what you need to focus on.

    January 31, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Russ

    Just what we need in the White House, a pumpkin head president with a helmet head wife. Geeezzz

    January 31, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Jake

    the world has changed since 1994, Newt. Your brand isn't working anymore.

    January 31, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. 60's survivor

    The GOP has nothing. Nothing to offer nothing to inspire. Just negative timeworn fear factor options. Same ole same ole. One just as bad as the other. Obama/Biden 2012.

    January 31, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. MPeace

    Preident Obama needs to Flip-Flop on his energy policies. The Non-Renewable Energy projects need to be brought to the front and the U.S. Bureau of Mines needs brought back to keep Project Engineering Environmentally Safe, since U.S. has 77% of World Gas-Oil Reserves. Then the Greens need to be ignored a little more. They don't engineer anything good anyway. The renewable energy projects need to be linked to water condensation from the air by refrigeration using Solar or Wind power. If Obama dosn't do it then the Republican nominee should.

    January 31, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. Samuel Bogale Kathy Stumm-Bogale Calgary Alberta

    All questions are fair game when running for public office!

    January 31, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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