Post-Santorum victories, Romney goes after Gingrich
February 8th, 2012
11:29 AM ET
2 years ago

Post-Santorum victories, Romney goes after Gingrich

(CNN) - One day after Rick Santorum pulled a three-state win in the Republican nominating process, Mitt Romney's campaign blasted out a statement Wednesday attacking an opponent who didn't fare as well Tuesday night: Newt Gingrich.

"Speaker Gingrich just doesn't seem to get it. Our staggering national debt and recurring deficits are jeopardizing America's fiscal future – yet he attacks critics of his moon base proposal for being 'cheap' and 'stingy,'" Amanda Henneberg, Romney campaign spokesperson, said in the statement.

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On Tuesday, Romney's campaign signaled it would begin a more aggressive approach against Santorum. The two campaigns spent the day attacking each other in the media over Romney's record on contraception policies and Santorum's history with earmarks.

As the results poured in later that night, showing three big scores for Santorum's presidential bid, a Romney adviser told CNN he expected to see the former Massachusetts governor place more focus on Santorum.

But it appears Romney's team still sees Gingrich as strong competition in the South in the weeks leading up to Super Tuesday on March 6. The Romney statement on Wednesday especially attacked Gingrich for his lunar colony idea, hitting him as anything but a "small-government fiscal conservative."

The email blast also came the same day Romney campaigns in Gingrich's native territory of Georgia.

"Combined with his record as the 'granddaddy of earmarks' and his past criticism of fiscal conservatives, it's not surprising that his campaign hasn't left the launch pad," Henneberg said in the e-mail.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Smart move. Pick off the weak while they're down. Put the weak out of their misery. Deal with one opponent at a time if you can permanently rid yourself of one, instead of prolonged battle against multiple opponents. Smart move.

    February 8, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney needs to realize he is in a fight with ALL the others for the nomination. He needs to stop playing whack-a-mole and start playing whack-em-all.

    February 8, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. B

    Let’s hope that this GOP circular firing squad continues long enough for most Americans to see the ultimate comparison that will be your choice next Fall.

    Obama is smiling.

    February 8, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Willard, you're starting to make yourself look like a bully. Typical! I guess since you have unprecedented amounts of cash flowing into your campaign, it's okay to pick on the little guy. You're such a loser. I can;t wait to see Newt knock you off in the south.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 8, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney. Kicking the down and out. Again.

    February 8, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. GI Joe.

    I'm beginning to think he's just a mean man.

    Most of the stuff he puts out there is a distortion or outright lie.

    I don't like any of this batch of republicans. In face, I think Eisenhower was our last decent republican president. At least people had decent roads being built (tho the repubs will NOT allow those roads to be maintained now). Enjoy your next interstate trip (careful on those OLD bridges).

    February 8, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are so desperate for anyone but Romney until they will send Santorum into the lions den. They'd like to serve up Newt but their "religious morals" certainly will go down the drain.

    February 8, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. vic , nashville ,tn

    GOP primary become a joke now, some one has to enter the race

    February 8, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The $40 million Romney spent attacking his republican opponents has destroyed Newt and Mittens himself. Mittens will always have his off shore accounts to comfort him when he is rejected by his own party again.

    February 8, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. kenny

    It's kind of funny that Mitt Romney tries to aim his campaign at President Obama and while he is doing that, Santorum kicks his butt. Mitt better figure out how to win his own nomination. Maybe someone needs to make him aware of the fact he must do that before he can even begin to dream about getting his butt kicked by President Obama.

    February 8, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Romney is still more concerned about Gingrich.

    February 8, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Bill

    You need some better campaign advisors, Mittens. Anybody can see that keeping Gingrich in the race helps you by continuing to split the vote.

    February 8, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Myth Romney is soo Plastic and FAKE he makes Callista Gingrinch looks REAL

    Romney and his SUPER PACs Thugs throwing mud & the kitchen-sink all over again!

    This idiot has been running for office for the last six yrs...but can't come up with a single plan to fix anything!

    The only plan Myth MorNey has proposed thus far is "fixing" the safety net for poor "people" so they can continue to remain poor Americans!!!

    February 8, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. cali girl

    It just shows desperation. Going after Santo now? He has been here the whole time.
    I am sure last nights results, albeit not that important, really shook Willard the 70's Game show Host.

    February 8, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  15. diridi

    America needs to put up Republican nonsense for 10 more months. Obama2012.

    February 8, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. v_mag

    The record all the Repugnants are running on is that of George W. Bush. He represents the policies that no R candidate has disavowed, and each will likely pursue those policies if elected. The ultimate comparison for Rom-money, Gangrene, Sanitarium (if not for Paul) is between that candidate and Bush, not Obama.

    If Americans are really ready to return to the tragic Bush years, then they should elect the Republican candidate. And the rest of us can consider moving to Canada or Costa Rica, as there won't be anything left of the U.S. after Rom-money fires us all, breaks up the country, and sends the pieces overseas and the money into his off-shore accounts.

    February 8, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    perhaps Mitt needs to checkout the current polling that shows where he once was either tied or leading the president in a head to head matchup, he is now trailing. Of course it was fine when such polling favored him, but now he wants to insist that the polling is flawed (uh yeah right) And more important it shows that more independent voters are siding with the president than they are Romney. This just shows that it appears the more some people find out about Mitt the LESS they like him. And the bashing he does of the president and his opponents is not working, especially since he is not really offering what his plan is to get the country as he sees it going in the right direction.

    February 8, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  18. CoJo

    v-mag: there won't be anything left of america if Santorum is elected. He dislikes anyone of any religion not of his own. Bush got us in to Iraq on his beliefs, Santorum will get us into WW3 (starting with a pre-emptive strike on Iran).

    February 8, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. CoJo

    want to bet that Santorum comes out and says the courts are wrong with regard to prop 8 in Calif? Of course Santorum is right, he's always right!!!

    February 8, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    Romney needs to realize he is in a fight with ALL the others for the nomination. He needs to stop playing whack-a-mole and start playing whack-em-all.
    -------------
    How a candidate runs their campaign is a very good measure of how they would run their elected office. We are getting a nice up close preview of Romney strategy, both long and short term, and crisis management. As you note, he has not put on a stellar performance.

    February 8, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. Max.

    It's time

    Romney is getting very negative vibes from the conservative party. The clear message is that he does not share conservative values nor reflect republicans ideals

    It's time for Romney to quit. I mean he's been running for the nomination over five years now and is still not attractive as a conservative presidential candidate? He is just not the one to represent the party...It's just time for Romney to QUIT! The sooner, the better for the rest of us

    February 8, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Max.

    It's time to QUIT

    Romney is getting very negative vibes from the conservative party. The clear message is that he does not share conservative values nor reflect republicans ideals

    It's time for Romney to quit. I mean he's been running for the nomination over five years now and is still not attractive as a conservative presidential candidate? He is just not the one to represent the party...It's just time for Romney to QUIT! The sooner, the better for the rest of us

    February 8, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Laverne

    Willard keep touting his executive experience at Bain as to why he should be president, but he has not put forward not even one plan that would fix this economy, all he keep saying is Obama made the recession worst and longer. Okay, if that is true, what in God's name are you going to do??? Bashing Obama does not win you the general election, people want solutions and as it stand right now, you ARE NOT and WILL NOT do a better job than President Obama! I don't like Mitt Romney and not because he is running against Obama, I did not like him when he ran for the nomination last time around either, there is just something very odd and deceitful about this man.

    February 8, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Max.

    Mitt is certainly looking like a myth...he's just so stiff and aloof!

    February 8, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Max.

    Mitt is certainly looking like a myth...he's just so stiff and aloof! Notice how he walks like a robot?

    February 8, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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