Gingrich stays positive in second campaign TV ad?
December 15th, 2011
08:31 AM ET
8 years ago

Gingrich stays positive in second campaign TV ad?

(CNN) - Hours before the final GOP debate prior to the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, Newt Gingrich is going up with the second TV ad of his Republican presidential campaign in the Hawkeye state.

In the 30-second spot, the former House speaker stays positive in message and takes on rival candidates who have attacked him on the campaign trail.

"These are challenging and important times for America. We want and deserve solutions. Others seem to be more focused on attacks rather than moving the country forward. That's up to them," says Gingrich, talking into the camera in the commercial.

"I believe bold ideas and new solutions will unleash America's creative spirit. When I was speaker, our budget was balanced and 11 million jobs were created. We can do it again and rebuild the America we love."

While rivals such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania have criticized Gingrich recently, the newest front-runner in the polls in the race for the GOP nomination says he will stay positive, and has directed his staff and surrogates not to launch attacks on fellow Republican White House hopefuls.

Asked by CNN Political Correspondent Jim Acosta on the campaign trail in Iowa Wednesday if he would respond to such attacks, Gingrich said "I understand what their consultants are doing. That's fine. They should run their campaign the way they want to and I'm going to run the campaign I want to."

Gingrich's first TV ad, which went up on Iowa TV early last week, was also positive in nature, with the candidate calling for shrinking government and reducing regulations. He added that "some people say the America we know and love is a thing of the past. I don't believe that. Because working together, I know we can rebuild America."

Word of the second Gingrich TV commercial was first reported by Politico.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. diridi

    silly guy...period.

    December 15, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Great sounding ad. Sounds reasonable and upbeat. It's a winner.

    December 15, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. indyreader

    Noot's not stupid, at his core – he knows he only stands to lose if he goes negative. It's not that his principles really pull him to be positive – only that he gives his opponents sooooooo much ammunition if he falls off that wagon. But he's egotistical and impulsive and hotheaded, and he'll probably slip up, despite being a Career Politician. He's certainly not presidential, nor anyone I'd vote for.

    December 15, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  4. ST

    This is what we call: "defense mechanism". Newt understands well what is in his closet. If he goes negative the repercussion of it will be very severe. He is not staying positive because he is the positive man, A BIG NO. We have witnessed him going the other way. He is doing it in order to see if he can survive the remaining days to the nomination process to kick off and move on!

    December 15, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. diridi

    GOP is not winnable at this time...o.k, They do not have any vision for this nation.

    December 15, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. AlaskaPalin

    Wow just wow. He created 11,ooo,ooo (eleven million) jobs (speaker then). Those who want to keep this man out of the white house must be zany. With 11,ooo,ooo jobs unemployment will be near 0% (zero percent)! Clinton may vouch for him on America working together. This newt is Good Newt!

    December 15, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. sortakinda

    Just look at that mug–is Gingrich going to pull a Boehner? One thing I'm POSITIVE about is Gingrich is about as pleasant as ringworm. Let the "historian" find another million dollar consultancy, in another part of the world, NOT the USA.

    December 15, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Marie MD

    Every time I see one of these pictures of the newterman I just want to squeeze those big fat 68 year old cheeks!
    Yes, let's rebuild America with the same old fart that shutdown government in 1995 for 21 days during the holidays and left congress in disgrace. To those who saynit wasnall poppy cock this was a deal he took to not land in jail!

    December 15, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Jess Chapman

    "When I was Speaker, our budget was balanced and 11 million jobs were created."

    I hope he doesn't think anyone who remembers the 90s will say he was responsible for that. And if he's all about bold ideas, why doesn't he find some more interesting stock footage for his commercials?

    December 15, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |

    I don't like Newt, or for that matter any of the GOP candidates....But Newt can remain positive right now b/c he knows that he will crush Romney in the debate....That's what he's waiting for, & the only commercial he needs. This man who was a thorn in Clinton's side, will, & can handle Romney....Newt led the conservative revolution......Romney is not a conservative. The fact that the establishment is telling voters who to vote for & not to vote for, is disgusting, and goes against the supposed ground up campaign of the Tea Party in 2010......The Grand Old Party is being dishonest, and top heavy.....nothing like the DEMS primary of 07-08.....At least the PEOPLE chose in that race....Here it remains to be seen.

    December 15, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. v_mag

    Newt stays positive? That's a sure sign he doesn't really want to win. Every politician believes you have to eviscerate your opponent in order to win, right? Politics means taking no prisoners. Right wingers have always wanted to crush all opposing viewpoints, and a moderate Repugnant is just a right winger who ran out of bullets, temporarily. McConnell and Boehner have shown that they will do nothing to advance the country while they do everything to destroy the President, so we know where their loyalties are.

    December 15, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Max

    Can't govern himself

    It is so obvious that Gingrich has no self control, no self govern and a very poor value system. Simply take a good look at his attitude towards the institution of marriage. He kicks marriage around like a kid kicking around a football ball. He has been in and out of marriages as if it's a game.

    How on earth can republicans chose this infidel as it's model and leader. Are we that blind as to recognize that Gingrich can't even lead himself, more or less to lead this great country of ours?

    “Gingrich has always said he wants to transform the country. He appears unable to transform, or even govern, himself" The National Review's board is right on. We need to consciously decide if we want someone as out-of-control as Newt to be our nominee. He is just not disciplined and controlled enough. He can't even govern his own behavior.

    December 15, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |