Romney signals further attacks on Gingrich
February 1st, 2012
01:31 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney signals further attacks on Gingrich

Eagan, Minnesota (CNN) – Even after winning Florida's primary by a wide margin Tuesday, Mitt Romney signaled he would not ease off attacks on his weakened GOP rival as the race continued in the West.

Speaking with reporters Wednesday, the GOP candidate accused the former House speaker of pandering to the residents of early voting states.

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"I'll expect that you'll have him come to Nevada and say something that he feels is attractive or popular in Nevada, and it will probably cost money," Romney said.

Nevada's GOP will hold its caucus Saturday.

"We have not heard from him how he's going to balance the budget," Romney added. "It's instead been a campaign of promises, and what he calls bold ideas, but which are primarily satisfying the interests of the local population."

Romney took on Gingrich's claim he is the only viable conservative in the Republican race, jabbing the former House speaker for his collaboration with colleague (and former House speaker as well) Nancy Pelosi on climate change awareness, his one-time dismissal of a conservative-backed plan to overhaul the budget and even a proposal by Gingrich to build a base on the moon.

"I'm not saying he's not conservative," Romney said. "I'm just saying he's not the pure conservative he would have people believe, and I think folks in Florida saw through that."

Saying he felt "terrific" after his Florida blowout, Romney brushed off a question about Gingrich not making the customary phone call to congratulate his opponent on the win.

"You know, it doesn't bother me in the slightest," Romney said with his trademark laugh.

The former Massachusetts governor will hold a rally in Minnesota Wednesday afternoon before continuing onto Las Vegas, Nevada for an evening campaign event.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Nevada • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Well Willard, while singing "America the Beautiful," who were you pandering to? Did you just wake up that morning and felt harmonious? You're such a hypocrite it's not even funny even more.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 1, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. V in Chicago

    I am an Obama supporter. That being said, I think Mitt Romney is the best choice the Republicans have. Any of the other three still out there trying to get votes would make me think twice about leaving the country if they were in charge. While I do think Ron Paul has some valid points to make, he is too scary on other issues. Santorum is just to bible-banging for me. If I want spiritual guidance, I'll go to church. I want someone in the White House that can lead the country, not a Sunday school class. As for Gingrich – well I truly believe he has mental issues and that is evident in his grandeous ideas and his delusional memory of his past in government. (I laugh out loud when he calls other people "liars".) He scares me more than any of the others. So please, Mitt – hit him with everything you have. Newt Gingrich should never be allowed to hold public office again!!
    Obama 2012

    February 1, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    "We have not heard from him how he's going to balance the budget," Romney added. "It's instead been a campaign of promises, and what he calls bold ideas, but which are primarily satisfying the interests of the local population."
    -----
    What is YOUR plan to balance the budget Mittens? Haven't heard that one yet. All we hear is "Obama is bad. Obama caused this. Obama hates that" You just keeps on spouting the same tripe day after day after day.

    February 1, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. alkarrk

    Go Mitt!

    February 1, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Politics of personal destruction, was invented by the GOP. If you think Willards attacks against Newt are bad, wait and see what the Willard campaign will do to President Obama!

    That's why the GOP is fast losing the Independent vote, we, Independents loathe the gutter politics, the bullies of the GOP!

    Independent for OBAMA!

    February 1, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. curious

    This republican primary is actually a contest between main stream republicans and the tea party republicans. The main streamers are trying to rid themselves of the tea party group. Santorum is a Romney accomplice, or he would drop out and stop splitting the conservative vote.

    February 1, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Joe H

    Reading some of these comments and it's no wonder that negitive campaining works, let's not find out who can fix the education, housing, budget, economy, foriegn policy, working class erosion........naw, let's vote for the guy who throws the most mud and is better looking than the other guy........there is your bar folks, I hope you get what you ask for.

    February 1, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. 4 More Years!!!

    Nice. Mittens has nothing great to say about Newt or himself for that matter.

    February 1, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. RJ

    If the Republicans really want to go all out: how about a ticket of "Gingrich, Sandowsky"?

    February 1, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Robert

    @AI-NY,NY – Perhaps you should research on that one... Mittens released a 57 point proposal, which includes a tax overhaul, jobs plan, and balanced budget proposals to get towards that end.

    Ron Paul 2012, or Obama 2012... otherwise, Snoopy 2012

    February 1, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    Gingrich will never forgive you, Mitt, for what you did to him in Florida. Don't expect an endorsement from him in the fall, let alone a concession phone call today.

    Watch your back.

    February 1, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "We have not heard from him how he's going to balance the budget," Romney added.
    --------------–
    Gingrich's loosely defined "tax plan" would add $800 billion to the annual deficit. But, like everyone else that has been in the field, except for Rep. Paul, Gingrich has endosed te the Ryan Plan. The Ryan Plan doesn't promise to balance the budget for over 40 years. But, it is loaded with tax cuts for the wealthy.

    February 1, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "This republican primary is actually a contest between main stream republicans and the tea party republicans."

    Close, though it's a bit more subtle than that. The Koch Bros have their agenda (energy), Adelson has his (Iran/Israel) and the neocons have theirs (energy AND Iran). The libertarians and the social conservatives are also in the mix. Right now we are witnessing a bunch of political theater between the candidates while the real battles are being waged behind the scenes. Trust me, once those groups hammer out their private agreements, in exchange for cash, favors or other concessions, they will put up their phony "united front" and then crank their fear, hate, lies and propaganda up to 11.

    February 1, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Yeah, Baby! Kick 'em while he is down! Go Mittens! Show us you aren't a little puddy tat!

    February 1, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Sorensen

    Romney does not have to bother with the old, "catholic", serial adulterer. He is destroying what is left of himself
    better and faster than anyone could ever do.

    February 1, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. dakster

    Gosh Mr. Romney, you say the poor have a "safety net", that "safety net" is a combination of all the things you plan to cut as President, medicare, medicaid, social security, etc......in order to NOT raise taxes for the millionaire's club. So much for your so called "safety net. No you do plan to concentrate on the poor. Your first 100% accurate and honest answer this political season!!!!!!

    February 1, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. GonzoinHouston

    Oh, goody! More scorched-earth campaigning with lots of lies, innuendo, accusations and insults. I think I've gained 5 pounds from all the popcorn I've eaten while watching this show, and now we see that it's just getting cranked up. Orville Reddinbacher must be making a fortune off of this.

    February 1, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  18. kayla

    it will be all for nought, he does not have a chance with the prez.

    February 1, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. FIELD1stSGT

    You Romeny better be worried about Obama and leave Newt the h e l l alone.

    February 1, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |