Romney hits Gingrich's 'erratic outspokenness'
December 12th, 2011
08:27 AM ET
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Romney hits Gingrich's 'erratic outspokenness'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney upped the ante in his battle with Newt Gingrich Monday, accusing the former House speaker of displaying "erratic outspokenness" in comments about Palestine last week.

In an interview with FOX News in a Manchester cafe, Romney said Gingrich had acted as a campaigner and not a president when he told a Jewish media outlet that Palestinians were an "invented" people. He charged Gingrich's comments had put him out ahead of Israel, a United States ally.

Gingrich showed "erratic outspokenness, which may be great in a campaign but is not great for someone who's running for president of the United States, representing this country," Romney said.

He also called on Gingrich to return the seven-figure sum he received from mortgage giant Freddie Mac, for whom he served as a consultant. Romney said Gingrich’s association with the company is another example of his deep ties to government.

“This was a connection with government kind of business. It’s very different than the private sector,” Romney said. “One of the things I think people recognize in Washington is that people go there to serve people and then they stay there to serve themselves.”

Romney brushed off criticism about a high-dollar bet he offered Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a Saturday night debate, calling the $10,000 wager an "outrageous number" for an "outrageous" claim.

Romney made the bet over Perry's claim the former Massachusetts governor had supported an individual health insurance mandate in his book.

The candidate was also asked by FOX about a dig by President Barack Obama about the time Romney has spent campaigning for office. Romney ran for Senate in 1994 and for president in 2008.

"Don't forget 25 years in the private sector is a little more than Barack Obama,” Romney said, referencing his business past. "Oh ya, zero years in the private sector, so pretty different backgrounds."

Romney will spend the day Monday campaigning in New Hampshire, where he picked up the endorsement of Manchester's Mayor Ted Gatsas.

He is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in New York Wednesday.

In a nod to another debate highlight, Romney's campaign co-opted a line by Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who lumped Romney and Gingrich together as "Newt Romney."

On Monday, they distributed a memo coining another name: "Newt Nancy," a reference to a television ad on a climate change initiative where Gingrich appeared alongside another House speaker, Nancy Pelosi.

Also see:

Gingrich nabs Huntsman supporter

Mrs. Romney chided husband on bet

Perry keeps up bet criticism of Romney

Santorum: Look at Gingrich's record

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. diridi

    No one in GOP is any good. Sorry. They need to change their thinking spectrum. They need to come down to planet earth and think for the good of the people of America and American Nation. Quit thinking only for Corporate, Rich, Oil idiots. Again I say this, nothing wrong with Health Care Reform passed by Obama. Good luck. Obama2012.

    December 12, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  2. dave

    Glad to see the GOP has not given up on one of their main strategies - NAME CALLING

    They all worship Ronnald Reagan. Don't they remember his 11th commandment? Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

    December 12, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Limp wristed Romney is back using his playground nastiness. Spineless jelly fish Mittens, is nothing more than a spoiled elitist brat.

    December 12, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Why do people believe that working 20 years as an investment banker makes you "job creator"? Well, if that is the definition and example of a "job creator", no wonder we don't have any manufacturing jobs in this country.

    How many jobs do you think an investment banker really creates? The answer is one, his own. Giving away someone else's money to another someone else is not job creation, folks. It's investment banking.

    December 12, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I love that desperation brings out the worst in the entitled wealthy arrogant elitists.

    December 12, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Tomorrow, Mittens the appeaser, will apologize to Newt, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, O'Reilly and all the members of the foreign owned media at Fox.

    December 12, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. Faye

    Problem is, I don't disagree with what Gingrich said. Since our President is so anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian, it's about time someone spoke out for Israel. I don't have a problem with it.

    December 12, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. LegendRx

    Ronmey is a spineless weasel who react accordingly . . . In times of despair, Romney would throw everyone and their grandma, into the ocean , just to stay afloat. Last week, Romney vowed not to attack Newt, today, he so naturally go the way of that good old dependable, that true and faithful. Mr. Flip-Flop. If elected, Romney would be, by far, the weakest president ever. Period.

    December 12, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    It doesn't matter what Mitty boy thinks, does or says. He is a Mormon and was a Bishop in that church. Christians will never endorse you Mitty boy because to them you are in a cult.

    Drop it Mitt. You cannot be President.


    December 12, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    That is just about the fact Romney would want to pacify the Palestinians. He would also give them aid.......something the US should stop doing.

    December 12, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    Romney is a loser. He does not stand a chance against Newt, but even better news is that Christians are running ads against Newt!

    Congratulations President Obama and Vice President Biden on your re-election in 2012 – in advance!!!!

    December 12, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Just a thought


    We are so happy that you or the vapid ideology you espouse is not being practiced in our foreign policy.

    Do you really think letting palestinians and their children starve in the streets is a way to improve the peace process?

    Ok, I guess reality, logic and even common decency is not important to you and your GOP/Tea lemmings

    December 12, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Clwyd

    Newt doesn't think! if he had he would have thought about the possibility of angering the Palestinians to launch rockets against Israel to show that they do! If a person is killed due to his thoughtlessness he should be charged with the death an murder!

    December 12, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Rcike1949

    Gingrich was right on. The only way your doctor can do a correct diagnosis is to get the facts right, diagnose correctly and treat the problems Calling a heart attack a cold just ain't going to cut it Mitt.

    December 12, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |