Gibbs: Kansas was 'instructive' for Romney
March 11th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: Kansas was 'instructive' for Romney

(CNN) - Robert Gibbs, a top strategist for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, on Sunday chided Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over his second place finish in the Kansas caucuses.

"I think yesterday was instructive," Gibbs said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "I think it shows you've got some, some real problems on the road to this nomination."

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania captured the Kansas caucuses on Saturday, beating Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul.

Gibbs predicted the Republican race will continue for "a matter of months," and said it was unclear if a nominee will be decided before the GOP convention in August.

"I think probably anything is possible," Gibbs said, adding that the longer the campaign goes, the better it likely will be for Obama. "If you look at what these candidates have been saying, tearing each other apart with negative ads, it is a process that in many ways has torn each of them down and I think has weakened them for a fall election."

The Alabama native also offered some advice to Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who has recently taken to saying "y'all" and referencing his love of grits while on the campaign trail in the South.

"As a Southerner, I would tell him that kind of stuff doesn't really go over well in the Deep South," Gibbs said. "I will tell him this. He might not have heard this. But if somebody says they love the SEC, it's not the investigative body that looks into offshore Cayman bank accounts. In fact, it's the world's greatest college football conference."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Republicans • Robert Gibbs
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Don't touch me Willard, I'm church people!

    March 11, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. packerfans

    Vote for Mitt Romney can save Ameica!!! Obama and Rick will same s boat and borrow deficts debts increase to 30 trillions!! Our dollar will be not vaule nothing all!! Rick want all womens stay home as wife and care kids old timer!! Dont Vote for Rick and Obama does not know how buiness and total fiailure!! Vote Vote Mitt Romney !!!

    March 11, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. strangerq

    How quickly Gibbs has forgotten all of the negative ads Obama ran against Hillary Clinton.
    _________________________________________________________________________

    Nah, it was never the hate fest that GOP is having.

    No one does hate like GOP.

    By all means continue.

    March 11, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Disgusted

    Obama couldn't have a better team helping him win the 2012 elections. This years GOP nominees have done an excellent job of showing Americans why a republican President is the last thing we need the next four years. Where did these clowns come from anyway?

    March 11, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  5. Smart Human

    GOP = Party of the Past.

    March 11, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Romney also needs to know that there is a name for rich Northers coming to the South and pretending to talk and eat like we do.

    They are called "carpet baggers".

    March 11, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Romney claims he's a son or resident of every state he sets foot in, what a fraud and loser and any republican that votes for this clown will probably regret it along with the rest of the USA.

    March 11, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
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