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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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Bubba

    "All the GOP candidates need to stop bashing each other and go after the real problem, BHO"
    He's only a problem to people who want his job, or want someone in his job who will give them handouts and tax breaks. People who have to work for a living are voting for him again.

    March 5, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Zack - no body wants Romney, except maybe for you and Mrs. Romeny.
    ====================================================
    And the 50% of Americans that don't think Obama deserves to be re-elected. Enjoy the koolaide!

    March 5, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. jilli

    Gingrich is still competing in the clown show?

    March 5, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    .....Democrats have NOT listened to what the American people want, namely JOBS......
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    Meanwhile, Republicans campaigned on jobs in 2010 and delivered a radical right wing social engineering agenda in 2011, while filibustering Democratic jobs bills. Now it is 2012, and Republicans are campaigning on jobs again. The People are not so easily duped, anymore.

    March 5, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Erin

    Newt would do us all a favor if he closes his mouth.

    March 5, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Dave

    Newt, you can forget about it-Mitt's mommy said he's too tired to debate (well she can't say her hubby is not as good as you at them–besides he doesn't need brains because he's got more money than you). LOL What have republicans come to????? BTW check out the hilarious cover of the New Yorker with Mitt taking Saint Santorum for a drive.

    March 5, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Laurie in Spokane

    Isn't this the pot calling the kettle black? And, anyone who expects a politician to be "straight" with them is living in a fantasy-land. Sounds to me like desperation on Gingrichs' part – he surely must know he has as much chance of being the nominee as Limbaugh has of being termed decent.

    March 5, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. lkottis

    Newt must have fingers stuffed in both ears, his eyes closed tightly, and be singing "la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la" at the top of his lungs.

    March 5, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - Meanwhile, Republicans campaigned on jobs in 2010 and delivered a radical right wing social engineering agenda in 2011, while filibustering Democratic jobs bills. Now it is 2012, and Republicans are campaigning on jobs again. The People are not so easily duped, anymore
    ===========================================================================================
    And the House has passed bill after bill only to see it not voted on in the Senate, complements of the Democrats lead by Harry Reid. All the Democrats have proposed is more of the same insanity that didn't work over the last 3 years. Doubling down on stupidity and imaginery green jobs is the Democrats plan. And all we have gotten is billions of tax payers dollars wasted with bankrupt green companies. And now GM is suspending Volt production and laying off 1330 people because it's a dog.

    The USA cannot move forward with a socialist in the Whitehouse. He has no clue on how the economy truly works.

    March 5, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth wrote:

    And the House has passed bill after bill only to see it not voted on in the Senate, ......
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    Really? They passed the "In God We Trust" bill. They passed a bill that repealed Dodd-Frank. They passed a bill that repealed the Affordable Care Act. They passed a resolution in defense of marriage. They passed bills defunding Planned Parenthood. They passed a whole lot social issue oriented legislation.

    Meanwhile, Republicans have fought against anything that helps the middle class, even if it creates jobs or cuts taxes. They fought the payroll tax cut. They are currently poisoning the major highway bill, just like they have poisoned every other major piece of "must pass" legislation with off-topic, socially ideological amendments.

    March 5, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. Olaf Big

    Newt really lost his train of thought here. So, Romney is GOP establishmet candidate because the offcial Washington endorses him. What does it tell us about Gingrich then if after so many years in Congress, hardly anybody in Washington endorses him?

    March 5, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Dennis

    Gingrinch can't even start. Time for him to go.

    March 5, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Taran

    @Truth,,,spot on as usual, though you don't mention the liberties lost for the same reasons.

    March 5, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. PDMDMD

    Newt seems to forget that candidates raise money from people who support their campaigns. Romney has successfully closed the deal with a lot of supporters, hence he has the cash to organize and campaign. But Newt wants a little redistribution of donations. His egalitarian view of campaign finance is very left-wing, for such a supposed "true conservative."

    March 5, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. David

    Seems that Newt needs to look at his own campaign. Seems like only winning a majority in one and finishing third or four in almost every other contest is not being able to close the deal. As for honesty which of his x-wives should ask?

    March 5, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Dave

    "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."

    Newt Gingrich is a notorious liar and cheat in both his public and personal life. For him to make statements like this about ANYONE is laughable.

    March 5, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Bermille

    Psst Gingrich, neither are you.

    March 5, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Terry

    I am afraid Newt is correct. We are doomed if Romney gets the GOP nomination.

    March 5, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  19. avd

    "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,"

    – Wait, this is coming from Gingrich? (pot meet kettle)

    March 5, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  20. Boytjie

    What we need.. another four ring circus... I mean GOP debate

    March 5, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Its amusing to see people complain about Obama's supposed lack of knowledge on the real economy, and yet fail to mention the GOP's insistence on passing legislation that does nothing to help the economy, even by the GOP's limited understanding of the topic. A "free" market with no regualtions will not ensure a solid economic recovery, since the market was less regulated than at any point since 1929 when it took a nose dive back in 2008. An economy with sensible regualtion will allow for a recovery, and no amount of chest-beating by the GOP and their objectivist allies will change the fact that appropriate government regulation keep the economy stable and growing. Inappropriate regulations will lead to an economy like China, which is certainly growing, but leaving no choice for consumers. The Tea Party/GOP needs to understand things in their proper historical, social/economic context, but understanding an issue takes time. The GOP knows it has a short political window to screw things up to set the stage for their comeback. They really don't care about the country, only their supporters and backers. All the GOP candidates are tools for the oligarchy.

    March 5, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. JDinTexas

    Newt, you forgot to mention "Ronald Reagan" six times. Get back on message.

    March 5, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. DPCA

    The Newt is oblivious to the fact that people can say the same thing about him. Romney will continue to struggle grabbing delegates as long as the others stay in the race. Its simple math Newt.

    Of course he will win Georgia but that will make no difference whatsoever other than to inflate his head a little more.

    Constantly finishing 3rd or 4th is not impressive at all and youu have to give credit where it is due. Romney has fought hard and has the money and the ground team to get him elected. Gingrich has waaaaay too much baggage and has no chance in hell of winning the nomination..

    March 5, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Too late Lizard. Rove and the Koch boys have made their choice to be crushed by President Obama. They want McCain 2012.

    March 5, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. ja

    with newt's scandals, these folk with high standards can't silence him, gop in bad shape no wonder rush heads the party, whale manure vs cow manure, and manure is manure

    March 5, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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