Gingrich to Romney: Let's meet in the kitchen
December 21st, 2011
06:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich to Romney: Let's meet in the kitchen

(CNN) – Which one's the pot and which one's the kettle is open to debate-but Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are heading to their own version of a bake-off, one way or the other.

A kitchen analogy dominated heated rhetoric between the two Wednesday, which potentially came to a boil when Gingrich challenged Romney to go toe-to-toe next to the stove.

"If he wants to test the heat I will meet him anywhere in Iowa next week, one-on-one, 90 minutes, no moderator, just a timekeeper," Gingrich said at an event in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Earlier in the day Romney defended negative TV advertising, following Gingrich's calls for the former Massachusetts governor to denounce attacks ads funded by a super PAC that supports his candidacy

"If you can't stand the relatively modest heat in the kitchen right now, wait until Obama's Hell's Kitchen shows up," Romney said at a campaign stop in Keene, New Hampshire. "Obama's putting together a billion dollars. He's going to be attacking us day and night."

In response, Gingrich said he will happily go into the kitchen with Romney.

"Ask Gov. Romney, would he like to come and play in the kitchen? I don't think so," Gingrich said. "I don't think he wants to do anything except hide over here and pretend it isn't his fault that he is flooding the people of Iowa with falsehoods."

The former House speaker has steadily criticized Romney over negative advertising, a blitz of which were released on Gingrich ahead of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses. Romney has pointed to campaign finance rules that prohibit his involvement in activities of super PACs while refusing to renounce negative advertising, as Gingrich has recently done.

As for Gingrich's debate challenge, a watched pot never boils.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Val in MA

    Gov. Romney – you should make yourself available for the debate if Gingrich so wants – you will do absolutely fantastic. That's all Gingrich needs right now is big fat embarrassment before he goes down in flames.

    December 21, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. chuck weidemann

    Any day now Newt will come out swinging!!!

    December 21, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Isn't it ironic to hear the man who raised negativity to a new art form complain when it is done to him?

    December 21, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. Indy

    They are both zany and so far out of touch with everday people that they would not know how to boil water in any kitchen, but they might be able to make each other toast and that would be the best thing to ever happen for the country.

    December 21, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Either one of these guys would be a massive improvement to the Divider in Chief that's never in the White House now!

    December 21, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. ED FL

    Looks like Gingrich has been living in the kitchen.An important matter for election is the apparent health of a contender. Gingrich fails that in every category. His lifestyle ,practices of philandering [not any help healthwise] and diet habits all expell him from real consideration. After that is cured ,his lying and qyestionable money gathering is very high on the list. Newt go home you are already well known and are not likeable.

    December 21, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. netnut

    Ron Paul 2012!! True Freedom For ALL!!!! Individual liberty, not Groups, corrupt politicians put us in!! to steal money. And make us hate the other groups. My Eyes are now Open,TY Ron;-)) Peace
    These 2 nit wits are sell outs!!!!! War!!! & pay-offs Lies all they know.

    December 21, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Thomas

    Romney, the man who sends others sons into war , not his own.

    December 21, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. jowie zarkosky

    mitt romney will do anything including murder to get elected.but it will be a national disgrace to send an acultist to the whitehouse.

    December 21, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. MWM

    Sounds like Newt would rather meet him behind the barn!

    December 21, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. Name

    I'm starting to lean toward Gingrich; we already know his weaknesses, but he is clearly tough enough, smart enough, and conservative enough to win this election. Unlike Romney, we know what we're getting into with Gingrich, there's a lot more good than bad. He will also be able to win a debate with Obama.

    December 21, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Pedro Sanchez .

    I like Gingrich, I think the former house speaker , is been showing Principals , on how he will make a diference in The System of Majistration of Federal Court Ruling . I do Believe the public court need better support or representation to the public Civil matter . And this is the only man making his personal Public statements of Federal Judges of changes are need it . And right person who can battle President Obama . I don't Think all Mitt's millions of dllrs. Can safe Romney Legancy . He be beat by President Obama . As easy 1 , 2 , 3 Thanks .

    December 21, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  13. chaz8181

    Come on..Gingrich was never wanting the nomination . and he knew it. He just wants to make lots of money selling books and his wife's children;s book. He is a greedy and his wife is too. We should be so lucky if he did get it however because he would easily get beaten by Obama.

    December 21, 2011 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  14. Joe

    Romney should tell Newt. We have seen your Lincoln- Douglas debate w. Gain and Huntsman and it is a waste of time...Is that the kitchen you are talking about? It's more like a honeymoon suite at a hotel!!!

    December 21, 2011 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Gingrich thinks that he such a good debator. The problem is that he has many false premises. I am not saying he is total wrong, but he needs to check his foundation because his arguements built on faulty foundations fall apart.

    December 21, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  16. T'sah from Virginia

    ►"Ask Gov. Romney, would he like to come and play in the kitchen? I don't think so," Gingrich said.◄

    Well, ginGRINCH got that right – MITTens will never meet him on a "one-on-one;" maybe that's what MITTens is afraid of so he wants to finish off the GRINCH now!!! Now this is one debate I would love to see!!

    Obama 2012!

    December 21, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  17. Newt the real deal!!

    Mitts can't stand the heat!! on the pan he will flip-flop like no ones burger!! "waaa im not ready on the other side turn me over Gingrich waaa but did you just turn me waaa flip me on the source

    December 21, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  18. works4me

    It's quite clear who's better in the kitchen... crystal clear.

    December 21, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  19. cyrus

    hahaha, gingrich's was desperate already, i think he needs to quit and throw his support to mitt to make sure the reps will win the election against obamacare!

    December 21, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  20. chima chuku

    I don't really care about the republican debates and the feuds among the candidates as all of them seem incompetent and untrustworthy to lead the nation at this critical moment

    December 21, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  21. Larry L

    In a toilet the waste with the most gas tends to float best. Both of these guys are "floaters" provided to America by the Republican Party.

    December 21, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  22. john watson

    I think the best thing that could happen would be if romney and gingrich would have a debate next week in iowa. Tell mitt to put up or shut up. I voted for the independent party last time and am leaning towards third party gain. These debates have shown how far from the main stream of life they our. They all will give us a better life if they win; but that was what the guy said who won the last time and i sure do not see it. They have all had past glories,but that was in a different time in our history.

    December 21, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  23. J.V.Hodgson

    This is American politics driven by too much money and a media that loves this kind of infighting.
    You even go out of your way to dig up dirt even if its 20- 30 years old.

    December 22, 2011 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  24. Mike Buck

    I'll bet $10,000 they won't meet in the kitchen!

    December 22, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  25. erick_z

    Newt Gingrich has been fighting for conservative values for years and has produced results! We can see that as he has taken command of the debates.. No one on that stage can compete. Support Gingrich.. He has what it takes to debate Mr. Obama and win!
    The empty suits like Romney and Paul are the McCains of this race. Please no more McCains!

    December 22, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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