Romney: Gingrich camp like Lucille Ball
December 27th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney: Gingrich camp like Lucille Ball

Moline, Illinois (CNN) - Mitt Romney mocked his rival Newt Gingrich Tuesday for failing to qualify for Virginia's primary ballot, and compared the former House speaker's campaign organization to an episode of the comedy sitcom "I Love Lucy."

"I think he compared that to Pearl Harbor," Romney said of the Gingrich campaign's failure to get on the Virginia ballot, which the former speaker's adviser called a "set-back."

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"I think it's more like Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory," Romney said. "You've got to get it organized."

Gingrich failed to gather the 10,000 signatures required to qualify for his adopted home state's ballot the state party announced over the weekend.

Gingrich's campaign director compared the news to the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

"Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941," said Michael Krull. "We have experienced and unexpected set-back, but we will re-group and re-focus with increased determination, commitment and positive action."

As Gingrich began to threaten Romney's lead in early voting states last month, the former Massachusetts governor's campaign launched a PR offensive to emphasize its painstaking organizational prowess.

Romney was speaking Tuesday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he boasts a double-digit lead in recent polls. He will kick off an Iowa bus tour Tuesday night.

The classic episode of "I Love Lucy" Romney referenced shows the red-headed comedienne growing increasingly frantic as she tries to package chocolates streaming down a conveyor belt.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
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  1. Bob the Observer

    @ Scott. CNN does not want Romney to be president; they know he has no chance to win, and that's why they are so intent on helping him get the nomination. Ron Paul, on the other hand, scares both the Right Wing and the Left, and for that reason alone, should be the next president. No one has strings on him.

    December 27, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  2. womanforpaul

    Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich deserve each other.
    Ron Paul has had consistent policy positions from the start.  The other candidates simply say what the voters want to hear.  Ron Paul warned us about the housing bubble, the debt crisis, the collapse of the US dollar, the high employment and recessions; basically, the entire collapse of our economy. He is the only candidate who can get us out of our mess.  
    Ron Paul is a man who defends the constitution, civil liberties, peace and prosperity.  Paul has the wisdom, foresight, honesty and integrity to be president.  

    Mitt Romney does not where he stands on any issue; Michelle Bachmann is just very angry; Rick Perry does not know very much; John Huntsman has worked for Democrats for many years; Rick Santorum is an extremist; and Newt Gingrich is philosophically unanchored, an unstable element, whom as Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter writes is a “human hand grenade who walks around with his hand on the pin, saying, Watch this!”.  

    America Needs Ron Paul.

    December 27, 2011 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. Donkey Party

    Looks like Newt just lost another voter demographic, the survivors, families and friends of fallen Pearl Harbor service members. Sickening.

    December 28, 2011 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
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