New Obama campaign video: Gingrich vs. Romney in his own words
May 2nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

New Obama campaign video: Gingrich vs. Romney in his own words

Washington (CNN) – The Obama campaign is out with a new web video featuring some of Newt Gingrich's fiercest attacks on Mitt Romney, the same day Gingrich is expected to show support for Romney's candidacy.

The video features clips of Gingrich questioning Romney's candor as a politician, querying why he has a swiss bank account, and in response to a question by Wolf Blitzer at a CNN debate, describing Romney as the most anti-immigrant candidate remaining in the race.

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On Romney's record as CEO of Bain Capitol, Gingrich accuses Romney of "looting a company" and driving other businesses to bankruptcy. And it features Gingrich in a Fox News appearance during the GOP primaries saying, "The Romney machine can drive down turnout it can run over opponents with negative ads. It doesn't seem capable of inspiring positive turnout and the result is I think very very worrisome if you're thinking about the Fall campaign."

It ends with CBS' Norah O'Donnell asking Gingrich if he's "calling Mitt Romney a liar"?" Gingrich responds, "yes."

The video's snarky tagline: "Newt Gingrich: Frankly, not Mitt Romney's biggest supporter."

Gingrich's broadsides echo attacks the Obama campaign has used to try and define Romney – as a flip flopper lacking a core, a former takeover artist who didn't create jobs but gutted companies, and an anti-immigrant politician.

Gingrich would hardly be the first onetime opponent to endorse a rival. Mitt Romney endorsed John McCain in 2008. Sen Hillary Clinton endorsed then-candidate Barack Obama after their bitterly fought contest the same year.

The point of the video is unlikely to change any voters minds. It's more likely intended as an attempt to goad Gingrich into discussing these past statements, reminding those closely watching the race of the past statements, and forcing these topics back into the conversation.

Because the video was released only to political reporters, statements were not immediately available from the Gingrich or Romney campaigns.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    There is soooooooooooo much ammunition (no pun intended) against the teatards and the flip flopping robot that I am giddy just thinking about the time between now and November.
    As I posted before the $250M has to be a sociopath. Nobody can lie like he can. I love those looks he gives his wife at rallies. Don't buy it either!

    May 2, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  2. Eri

    I love the Obama campaign's new strategy: undermine Mitt Romney's candidacy by using a fellow Republican's own words! Sublime!
    The message conveyed by this new ad is basically this: If Romney's own party doesn't trust him, why should you?

    May 2, 2012 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    BRING IT ON!!!

    A lie is a lie is a lie – Unless you were lying in the first place, you're lying now to recant on that LIE you told in the first place – ginGRINCH and Santorum both cannot take away what they already said about R-Money...........PERIOD!!

    ►It ends with CBS' Norah O'Donnell asking Gingrich if he's "calling Mitt Romney a liar"?" Gingrich responds, "yes."◄

    LMAO – And there is more to come!! The candidates from the Right beat up each other so badly, there is NO RECOVERY!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    May 2, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  4. Flipper Rmoney Failure Ahead

    Surely Rmoney and Newter will claim their words don't mean what people think and then create smokescreens and strawmen to divert attention from some of the truthful things people have said about Rmoney's lack of character, morals and good ideas.

    May 2, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  5. Bob

    President Obama leads Mitt by 112 electoral votes already so Mitt can "forget about it".

    May 2, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  6. GonzoinHouston

    Romney's support from the hard conservatives has always been shaky, and this video is designed to remind them why they don't trust Mitt. It could also be an extra nail in Newt's political coffin.

    May 2, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that there is going to be a lot for Romney to fight a second time. The primary is going to happen all over again.

    May 2, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  8. Cfrench

    The President does not need to use Gingrich to hammer Romney; Romney's record is clear, he's the biggest flip-flopping politician in the history of this country. Romney's not "severely conservative", he's a severe flip-flopper.

    May 2, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  9. Wake up people

    Those were Grinchy's own words. And he meant EVERY word he said no matter how he flip flops now.

    The GOP=a clown car filled with clowns.

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 2, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  10. Tony

    Republicans hate it when their own words are used against them, or when Democrats copy their idea, because it forces them to call the idea socialism and ask the Supreme Court to declare the idea unconstitutional.

    May 2, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |