Pro-Romney group launches new attack ad on Gingrich
December 29th, 2011
07:47 AM ET
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Pro-Romney group launches new attack ad on Gingrich

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - An independent group that supports Mitt Romney's bid for the GOP presidential nomination says it's going up with a TV commercial that highlights what it calls the many mistakes made by rival Republican candidate Newt Gingrich.

Restore Our Future, a Super PAC that backs the former Massachusetts governor, tells CNN that the new 30-second spot will run statewide starting Thursday in Iowa. The state's January 3 caucuses kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar.

The ad uses clips of the former House speaker saying "it probably was a mistake," "I made a mistake," "I've made mistakes at times," and "I made a big mistake in the spring."

The narrator in the ad says "so far Newt Gingrich has admitted his mistakes or flipped on teaming up with Nancy Pelosi, immigration, Medicare, health care, Iraq, attacking Mitt Romney, and more," and ends the spot by asking "haven't we had enough mistakes."

Through this past weekend, Restore Our Future has spent over $830,000 to run commercials in the Hawkeye State, with much of them critical of Gingrich, who soared to front-runner status in Iowa and national polling late last month before fading the past two weeks.

For the past two weeks Gingrich has called on the former Massachusetts governor to condemn Restore Our Future for the onslaught of attack ads.

A new CNN/Time/ORC International poll indicates that Gingrich's support among likely Iowa GOP caucus goers now stands at 14%, a 19 point plunge from earlier this month. The Gingrich campaign blames the drop on the barrage of negative ads on Iowa airwaves.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. ST

    Myself am not bothered with the mistakes they did in the past (that has gone). What bothers me are mistakes contenders are continuing to make while campaigning.
    Example: Not the first time Romney repeated an absurd comment in Iowa yesterday saying: "Pres. Obama wants to turn US look like Europe".
    For god's sake how can anyone who wants to lead not only US but the entire world, dare insulting the biggest ally – Europe? Doesn't US need Europe? Really? Is Romney all that clueless??

    December 29, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  2. Name king

    What's the difference with Romney and newt: nothing! Only that newt probably will help the economy, if we went into a tail spin like what bush had us in, and Romney will send our companies into bankrupcy, and send what left over seas, which would kill millions of jobs in America. Hey that's what he do.

    December 29, 2011 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Citizens United has brought us superPACs. A vehicle where corporations can through unlimited support behind the chosen candidate, or limitless attacks against their disfavored candidate. SuperPACs are a new phenomenom in our general elections. It is something that conservatives alike have supported and fought hard to achieve, including I believe Mr. Gingrich himself.

    Conservatives felf that they had a fund raising advantage over liberals, but were restrained by campaign finance laws and other similar reforms. Not any more. Ironically, conservatives get to take their new pet out for its' first walk in their own backyard, People like Newt Gingrich are discovering that their new pet is actually a Gremlin, quick to devour and destroy anyone and anything in its' path once it gets its' feet wet.

    December 29, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    So when does the ad go up about Mittens making his "mistakes?" He's certainly flipped and flopped around enough to fill 2 ads

    December 29, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  5. NVa Native

    Newt has admitted to a few of his many mistakes and mis-representations, but that was a deliberate and metered political manuever. It has nothing to do with his low level of integrity or ignorance of moral expectations.

    December 29, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Gemini Girl

    Keep up those ads! I hope they work and that Newt's poll numbers keep going down. He is the lowest of the low of this Class of Clowns 2012, and he cannot be allowed to be anywhere near the White House. I know the Repubs are not happy with him, knowing his history & baggage. That he was up even at one time is remarkable, but I am glad the average American is finding out about him. Anyway, I don't like Willard Romney either, so OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    December 29, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |