February 7th, 2012
08:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich touts nationwide campaign

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich batted away the notion he had given up on the three states casting votes Tuesday, saying he was focused on running a nationwide campaign that included Minnesota and Colorado.

"I haven't given up on them," Gingrich said on CNN. "We were in Colorado yesterday and Minnesota last night. We had a huge crowd in Minnesota. Over 700 people showed up. We gave an energy speech at the College of Mines in Golden, Colorado and a town hall meeting and a rally."

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Gingrich is not on the ballot in the third state voting Tuesday, Missouri. That state is holding a non-binding primary, which Gingrich labeled a "beauty contest."

The former House speaker said his campaign was looking beyond the three states holding contests Tuesday, pointing to contests in Ohio, Arizona, Tennessee and Michigan where he thought he could do well.

"Everybody has to figure out their own campaign strategy on a nationwide basis," Gingrich said. "I think the big story coming out tonight is that it's very hard for the elite media to portray Governor Romney as inevitable after tonight is over. You have seen a steady decline wherever he's dumping his negative ads."

Gingrich also offered his stance on the ongoing fighting in Syria. The GOP hopeful slammed President Barack Obama for not taking greater action to help stem the violence sooner, and offered a few ideas he would take as president.

"I would seek to have genuinely covert operations in which we worked with our allies in the region that had people who are fluent in Arabic, who were deeply engaged in helping them, and I would ensure that those folks had adequate weapons. Weapons in that part of the world aren't hard to get. That's pretty easy to obtain," Gingrich said.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. GGG

    Giving weapons to "folks in that part of the world" worked pretty well in Iraq and Afghanistan..

    February 7, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  2. A former republican

    Gingrich is on a fool's errand. He would not be elected President if he were the only candidate.

    February 7, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Jake

    Newt Gingrich is a loser by epic proportions!

    February 7, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. cali girl

    Gingrich, you dummy, there are no allies right now to get Syria in line. Israel has there own drama, Egypt has there own turmoil, and China and Russia will not touch it. I wonder what allies you are referring to, Canada? No offense to Canada folks, just using a metaphor to describe his lack of foreign policy.

    February 7, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Obama has the right strategy in regards to Syria . He shows true leadership.

    Russia and China look very badly in the worlds eyes. Turkey , Jordan and Iraq need to be more involved. The time is right for Iraq to show there commitment to becoming a leader in the region.

    As for Newt , he had Libya all wrong , so why would anybody give a rats ass to what he thinks from his campaign bus.
    He should take more concern over his past due Tiffanys bill.

    February 7, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    So, he would have the Israelis do the work to settle the region? That sounds like he is talking about.

    February 7, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  7. Will kens

    So after every crushing defeat Newt Gingrich is only going to claim he's actually focusing on races later on in the year. Interesting. What happens when he gets to the end of the long line of crushing defeats?

    February 7, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. Rocky

    Why is there a Syrian image on this article?

    February 8, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  9. Chris

    We have enough problems of our own. We can no longer afford aid to other countries. Our focus needs to be placed on americans

    February 8, 2012 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  10. Mark

    Gingrich should take the Ging out of his name. Uh, unless Ging means Get, or ForThe.

    February 8, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Ohio and Michigan want nothing to do with today's GOBP. Expect record low turnouts.

    February 8, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |