Romney a grinch? Gingrich bemoans attacks during Christmas
December 15th, 2011
10:42 AM ET
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Romney a grinch? Gingrich bemoans attacks during Christmas

(CNN) - The avalanche of negative campaign ads from Mitt Romney is wearing on rival Newt Gingrich, but he said Thursday he won't break his pledge to stay positive.

Speaking to Iowa Public Television, the former House speaker said the onslaught of vitriol coming from Romney headquarters jarred with the spirit of the holidays.

"I think it's counterintuitive," Gingrich said. "We have an ad that will come up next week where Callista and I are wishing people a Merry Christmas, and we're talking in a totally positive way. I think if these guys keep up this kind of negative junk, it's so discordant with the spirit of Christmas."

Gingrich said his guarantee to remain positive was uncharted territory for presidential politics, and couldn't say for sure if his strategy would be successful.

"This is a real experiment," Gingrich said. "I can't tell you today, given the millions of dollars being spent on advertising, telephone calls, direct mail, all of it negative, I don't know at the end of the day if I'll be the frontrunner in Iowa, because there is a combined weight of negativity that weighs you down."

Political professionals are advising him to go negative, Gingrich said, but support from Iowa voters has convinced him to avoid attacks on his opponents.

"I'm getting two kinds of advice," Gingrich said. "The traditional consultants are all saying 'you have to hit back.' Citizens are walking up to me saying stay positive, have faith the people of Iowa will see through this."

Gingrich's comments to Iowa Public Television came the same day he released a television ad in Iowa touting his positive campaign.

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

Gingrich said in the interview fundraising comparisons between his campaign and Romney's would also be skewed in his rival's favor.

"I'll never have as much money as Mitt Romney can raise," Gingrich said. "That's a fact, and you have to start the campaign understanding that. On the other hand we run a campaign that's a lot less expensive, so there's a certain balance in that."

Gingrich asserted that Romney's White House bid will end if the former Massachusetts governor can't win New Hampshire.

"If he can't carry New Hampshire, the race is over, in terms of his candidacy," Gingrich said.

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  1. Marie MD

    What a farce this man is! We have already heard speak of himself as THE geat one. That he will win the nomination. This man is a lying cheat. He is pandering, as a new catholic, to the bible thumping crowd at christmas time.
    He is being positive because he looks and sounds better than the rest ofnthe clowns but deep down inside he is the same piece ofnscum he was when he was thrown on his butt on the Capitol steps!

    December 15, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Credit where it's due...I saw this one on TPM's site...went something like this:

    Newt: "You don't understand...I'm not the second coming of Christ...Christ was the first coming of Me!"

    Gave me the giggles.

    December 15, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    Are these two ever going to get down to actually debating their policy differences? All of this "I'm the nice guy" ... "No you're not, I'm the better nice guy"... "Are not, I'm the best better nice guy" ... "Are not" ... is better served for Sesame Street viewers, don't you think?

    December 15, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. AlaskaPalin

    The old fox. Notice he appeals to the emotions as the one being abused. Then he hits myth romney where it will hurt most with regular folks during a downturn; on the amount of money he has. This man is good for the white house. Washington will work again with him as president.

    December 15, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. Susan Booth

    Newt has watched "The Secret" one too many times. Mr. Positive has a history of cheating, lying and being a divissive figure. I dislike Romney just as much, but Newt Gingrich is simply a phoney. the Repbulican's have a sorry lot of candidates to choose from. Either way, they will lose in 2012.

    December 15, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    in a way I admit I'm going to be sad when this is all's been so entertaining. This is better than Obama/Clinton in 2008 ever was. LOL

    December 15, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Sniffit horrible for Newtered to be attacked near Xmas. Let's focus on that instead of the GOP/Teatroll attacks on the middle-class that are going on at the same time. Clearly, that's the wisest course because CNN isn't going to be making friendly with giant corporate advertisers and outfits like Crossroads who want to spend money on ads if the blatant contrast gets made between "poor Newtered and the atatcks on him during Xmas" and "this Xmas, the GOP is threatening to raise all middle-class taxes if we don't let them increase Medicare premiums for the middle class, deregulate air quality standards for industrial boilers/incinerators, defund parts of the ACA and eviscerate the federal workforce." Merry Xmas, middle class!!! Ho ho ho!!!

    December 15, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Max

    Gingrich the Grinch

    Gingrich is the real Grinch and a pervert Grinch too. He stole many a Christmas from others when he divorced two wives and had extra-marital sexual affairs with the current one who should really be ashamed of herself. She joined with him in stealing Christmas from others. You bet he will steal many more...isn't he the Grinch who steals Christmas? Isn't this his nature, anyway?

    December 15, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. westward

    Newt is the epitome of greed, gluttony, and hate as a political tool.

    December 15, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Max

    Gingrich the Grinch

    Gingrich is the real Grinch and a pervert Grinch too. He stole many a Christmas from others when he divorced two wives and had extra-marital sexual affairs with the current one who should really be ashamed of herself.

    December 15, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. EatRunDive

    So how did America's Christian party wind up campaigning all through the holidays? Doesn't seem consistent with those family values.

    December 15, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Ron

    Neut Gingrich is one of the most negative politicians around–acid tongue, etc. The "positive" stuff is clearly just another campaign tactic. There's nothing real about this guy except his nastiness.

    December 15, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  13. CoJo

    what I want to know is what are the republicans going to do to keep a 2nd financial meltdown from happening again? What are they going to do to keep tax payers from doing another TARP (which was produced by the republicans).

    Also what are they going to do to keep insurance companies from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions?

    December 15, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. kmp

    Well we have all seen how well he has honored his pledge to remain faithful. This guy is beginning to scare me, it is like he is in some alternate universe where he just doesn't get. He may be at the top of the polls, but he will never win an election. But he acts like he is God gift to t he republicans, good grief.

    December 15, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  15. Sorensen

    I don't think anybody gives a hoot whether this old, fake egomaniac is positive, negative or anything at all.
    He is an embarrassing disaster and will never get elected to anything, anywhere.

    December 15, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Sandy

    I hope Ginrich cleans Romney's clock! As much as I dislike Ginrich, I dislike Romney even more. What a flake, fake, plastic flip flopper Romney is!

    December 15, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. AlaskaPalin

    Liberals are seeing a moral reflection of themselves in newt and they so hate what they are seeing they are getting religion- asking questions about marital sacredness. It is a master stroke by conservatives; this unorthodox move of getting behind newt. It will win them the presidency.

    December 15, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. M-AZ Independent -

    The hyprocritical tone and this self-righteous new Newt is utterly disgusting and makes me want to puke...Why can't the GOP see the potential in Huntsman. Obiviously, they don't want to do right (no pun intended).

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 15, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Romney or Gingrich, either one is fine. Just as long as they beat Obama. Gingrich would be the much better debater against Obama. Romney is just a tad too nice and likely to hold back frokm whacking Obama like Newt could. It will be played up by the liberal MSM as "weak", instead of polite. After all nobody can be mean to Obama, the first black president or they might be considered racists (according to the left).

    It'll be interesting to see how the MSM pushes Obama like they did in 2008. I don't there will be much coverage of his 3 year record and the Obamacare failure.

    December 15, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. drod3

    Gingrinch now trying out the Faux Noise "Victimization" strategy.
    boohoo..why is everyone picking on me...boohoo

    December 15, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. Marjee123

    Hmmm all the slush Gingrich has thrown around at every body, and now he is complaining some of it is splashing back on him. Well I guess what he can do, everybody else can too.

    December 15, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Myth Romney is All Fluff and No Subtance, an ENTITLED OUT-of-TOUCH Boy with NO SPINE acting Like GW Bush Mini Me

    Can't wait to see the entitled & out-of-touch crybaby Myth Romney who is desperate putting so much negative ads and shredding his FAILED records as MA Gov. lose New Hampshire!

    I knew is not the best candidate in the whole GOP clown car, but he got more smarts in his pinky toe compared to Myth Romney, and he sounds really contrite, so God can forgive someone who is humble and is staying positive!!!

    But Myth Romney is sucking up to Karl Rove tactics and all the GOP establishment elite to take back this country to the GW Busha days! This idiot Myth Romney will kiss anybody's bu$$ and say whatever he can at any given day just to earn that feather in his cap as POTUS!!!!....Myth just doesn't care or understand ordinary Americans!!!!!

    December 15, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Robert

    This Republican will vote for Obama. Again!

    December 15, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. hypatia

    Victim much, Newtie?

    December 15, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    Gingrich/Palin2012...a winning ticket if there ever was one!!

    December 15, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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