March 5th, 2012
09:53 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich: Romney can't 'close the deal'

(CNN) – Presidential contender Newt Gingrich took harsh aim at rival Mitt Romney Monday, suggesting the former Massachusetts governor couldn't rally Republican support because he was being dishonest with voters.

"He can't close the deal. And he can't close the deal in part because people inherently don't trust what he's saying and think that he isn't always very candid with them. And sometimes frankly isn't straight," Gingrich said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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The former House speaker said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who endorsed Romney Sunday, was another Washington insider falling in line for the GOP establishment pick.

"We would all like to have endorsements. But the fact is Romney is the Washington establishment candidate," Gingrich said. "It's true. If you look at where his money comes from, where most of the lobbyists lined up. So I think he goes around the country and he's legitimately collected most of the insiders. I like Eric Cantor, but he is sort of quintessentially part of the same group."

Romney's success thus far has been bolstered by his robust fundraising, Gingrich said, but he predicted an eventual drying up of campaign cash.

"I think the challenge is that Gov. Romney has had a huge amount of money, most from Wall Street and a great deal from companies that were bailed out by the taxpayer," Gingrich said. "But he has used that money very effectively first against me and then against Santorum. But he can't close the deal."

He continued, "It's not at all clear to me right now that Romney can get above a certain ceiling," he said. "And the question is whether or not ultimately his money starts to run out. It's very clear in any kind of relatively evenly-financed campaign Romney would not win."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Nevis Mn

    Somebody needs to ask Newt how he intends to lower the price of gas to $2.50. Gas is a global commodity- something any high school student understands. No president is able to substantially influence the price of oil. Newt on the other hand is so full of hot air he could power a wind generating turbine.

    March 5, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. TimThorp

    Gingrich and "honesty" – two worlds collide.
    Romney can't close the deal?? Gingrich can't get votes!!
    In a democracy, Mr. Gingrich, it's usually the VOTES that determine the winner. You barely have any?

    Time to join Sarah, Michelle, Herman, Donald, Ricky and soon the other Ricky.

    March 5, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  3. yuri

    And his words are important how? Newt is a neutered neanderthal and his acting like an avuncular oracle is quite obnoxious and odious as well.

    March 5, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. caeser

    Romney can't close the deal...ha ha ha
    Gingrich will be lucky if he wins his own state.

    March 5, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. maggie

    TimThorp has it right. I think Gingrich should stay in the race as long as he can. What he is doing to Romney that Romney isn't doing to himself is just fascinating.

    March 5, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Newt and his 72 virgins - on the Moon

    It's funny to see Gingrich complain about Romney having too much campaign money. I thought that's what "capitalism" was all about.

    March 5, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    GI Joe.

    Do away with wall street speculation on oil and the prices will come down. BAN OIL SPECULATION.
    ---------
    That might work in a self-sufficient totalitarian state, but nowhere else. We're neither self-suffient, not totalitarian (at least yet).

    Joe, please answer these questions. First, since speculation is what sets the market price, what would you use as a replacement mechanism to determine fair-market value? Second – how would you enforce the ban on speculation outside of our jurisdiction? It is a global economy, after all. And finally – what other commodities would you ban speculation on?

    March 5, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. a cut above the rest

    America is stupid to have Mitt go against Obama. It's dumber and dumber. Newt is the true GOP candidate to take out Obama and help our economy and deficit. He has the experience. America voted for the public speaker with the teleprompter in 2008. We don't need a Trump wann-be CEO as a president. We need someone with clout and is able to work with both parties on issues. That's NEWT!

    March 5, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Independent

    Romney has been closing deals lot better than Newt. After tomorrow's primary he will fade away.

    March 5, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Valentina

    All right, Newt... Look in the mirror, buddy. Do you see someone in there that people trust and in love with you? Get over it Newt, you had your moment under the sun and you blew it. Now, it is time for you to graciously exit the stage and let us, Republicans, unite behind our nominee. We want Romney, not you. Get it?

    Romney 2012!

    March 5, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. a cut above the rest

    Nevis Mn

    Somebody needs to ask Newt how he intends to lower the price of gas to $2.50. Gas is a global commodity- something any high school student understands. No president is able to substantially influence the price of oil. Newt on the other hand is so full of hot air he could power a wind generating turbine.

    March 5, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
    –Simple answer–Canada Pipeline and use of more Alaskian oil. Not that hard to figure out.

    March 5, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. Brenda

    Maybe that's because Mitt is offered some sound economic planning rather than some sensational "I'll lower gas prices to $2.50 without paying for it" claims that some others are touting. Romney is accused in not going far enough for the far left, but his economic plans are based on sound economics and are paid for. Ask 100 economists what the best planis for the country and they will agree it's Mitt Romney's. He's not running for high school President where they promise you candy for lunch. This is serious.

    March 5, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Brenda

    Woops... the far right.

    March 5, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Brenda

    If Romney can't close the deal, Newt can't even get in for a meeting.

    March 5, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. krissmith777

    Newt, you don't get nearly as many votes as Mitt, so if Romney can't "close the deal," then what does that say about you?

    March 5, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. joe

    Time to crawl back under the rock, Newt. Take Sanctimonious Santorum with you. Uh, wait a minute–that leaves us with Romney or Paul? On second thought, Newt....

    March 5, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Last I looked Gingrich had won almost no delegates and Romney had almost 200. Romney looks to be very close to sealing Newt's exit from the race and Santorum has shot himself in the foot too many times. Romney is going to be the nominee so let's get this over with and on to the real task at hand, getting that buffoon out of the Whitehouse before he gets us all unemployed and on food stamps.

    March 5, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Roger wrote:

    Perhaps a big defeat in November will wake up the Republican party to end all this nonsense, get back on course and find candidates worthy of voting for. .....
    ------------
    The problem with the Republican Party are all of these radical RINOs that have taken control of the party's ideology and strategies as a whole. Since when would a Republican say, "Deficits don't matter."? Since when would a Republican continue to promote ideas that have fallen out of favor with "what the American people want."? The real RINOs are these folks currently steering the party off of a cliff.

    March 5, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. Willyboy

    The Lizard is dead, but his ego won't let him accept it. And like any dying reptile, it is mean, nasty and offensive, spitting venom indiscriminately in every direction. Soon he will skitter away, hopefully never to be seen or heard from ever again.

    March 5, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. DB

    Romney can't get above a certain ceiling?? This from the candidate who's floor gave out from under him when voters got a dose of his empty rhetoric and two faced hyperbole when they gave him his turn at the anti-Romney spot. Give up Newt your 20th Century ideas aren't selling out in the real world.

    March 5, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - The problem with the Republican Party are all of these radical RINOs that have taken control of the party's ideology and strategies as a whole. Since when would a Republican say, "Deficits don't matter."? Since when would a Republican continue to promote ideas that have fallen out of favor with "what the American people want."? The real RINOs are these folks currently steering the party off of a cliff.
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    The only party that is going over a cliff was the Democrats in 2010, lead by Obama, Reid and Pelosi and again in 2012, complements of the same band of far left loons forcing Obamacare on the American people, 60% of whom oppose it. Democrats have NOT listened to what the American people want, namely JOBS. Instead we got Obamacare force fed to us. In 2012, it will be regurgitated into the face of the Democrat Party as we throw you out.

    March 5, 2012 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Jake

    i thought Gingrich dropped out?

    March 5, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Zack

    @Valentina Who are the "we" that want Romney? Even Fox News has a hard time liking him and Eric Cantor's endorsement is self-serving and even a cry of desperation for the entire GOP clown show. That Ford Field Fiasco shows that , really, no body wants Romney, except maybe for you and Mrs. Romeny.

    March 5, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    a cut above the rest wrote:

    "Somebody needs to ask Newt how he intends to lower the price of gas to $2.50.

    –Simple answer–Canada Pipeline and use of more Alaskian oil. Not that hard to figure out.
    --------------
    That is exactly the Republican modus operandi, pipe dreams and delusional reasoning. Seeing how the oil companies control those pipelines, and not the POTUS, why aren't we paying $2.50 today? Did you know oil companies are exporting US domestic oil to the global market, where it sells for a higher price than in the US?

    Did you know that the US controls roughly 2% of the crude oil deposits in the world?
    Did you know that if you stopped all oil imports and used only domesticaly produced oil, we would run dry in 10 years?
    Do you know that Republicans have been misleading the public for decades when it comes to energy and oil production?

    March 5, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Wylie-Mike

    Romney won't be the one closing the deal. It will be the voters.
    How is it that Newt could close the deal?

    March 5, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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