Gingrich urges vote against negative ads
January 3rd, 2012
01:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich urges vote against negative ads

Burlington, Iowa (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may have been subconsciously sharing how he was feeling to folks who gathered at Elly's Tea and Coffee House the morning of the Iowa Caucus.

"I'm sure for some of you it's a relief it's the last day of the caucus," Gingrich said to a room full of about 75 people. "Starting tomorrow morning there will be fewer TV ads, you will have about a third as much mail in your mailbox."

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The former House speaker who's been crisscrossing the Hawkeye State for eight straight days now is trying to be positive about his chances as he rallies voters to support him when they go to caucus today.

"But I want start the day by thanking all of Iowa. What I'm really impressed with is how seriously Iowans take their decisions," Gingrich said.

At his second stop, in Burlington, the former speaker asked the audience of about 125 people to vote against the negative ads.

"[S]ay no to every candidate who was running negative ads and if you were to do that you would change the entire culture of campaigning in America," he said.

And he said this election is more than just a referendum on President Barack Obama.

"One of the reasons I talk so much about the negative campaigning is it totally clutters the ability of the American people to have an adult conversation about solutions. I mean, we are in real trouble." Gingrich said. "If this was just a game, if this was like a senior class president, that would be one thing. But this isn't a game. This is the presidency of the most important country in the world at a time when the whole planet is shaking."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Ron

    How funny the republicans are! The old money in the party wants Willard to be the nominee. So, they keep the "gang of six (or seven)" going strong in order to water down the Christian vote. That means Willard is a shoe in. The Christian Right needs to solidify around ONE candidate and go at it head-to-head with Willard before he captures too many delegates and wins the nomination. The establishment will say "We have to support our nominee or we'll lose to Barack Obama". Come on tea-pubs, get a clue. You can't all be checkers players!! LOL

    January 3, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Drew

    Newt would not be making an issue of negative ads if he had the money and firepower of Romney, Paul or Obama. In fact Newt isn't against negative ads he just can't keep up with the money. Typical Newt!

    January 3, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. JOHN

    Newt, is such a loser.

    January 3, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. maggie

    Coming from the godfather of the politics of personal destruction, this hardly beckons pitty. And, negative as those ads may be, simply asking the people of Iowa to ignore the truth or his inability to explain the truth is a bit much.

    January 3, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    He INVENTED ways to demonize the opposition - now he's the subject of his own frankenstein.

    January 3, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    oops – Now he's the Object of his own frankenstein. (whatever was I thinking?)

    January 3, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Drew

    In addition, Newt is not above negative campaigns he makes a habit of saying negative things against his opponents he does it all of the time it also happens to be his SOP for debates.

    January 3, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Hilroy

    I just became convinced even as a very positive individual that it is going to get nasty this year. I was just watching CNN at around 1.15 PM and saw how an individual can disrespect the President. Randi's guest (a woman and Romney supporter) Jennifer Horn called Romney Governor Romney then in the same breath called the President "Obama".

    This is called racism and lack of respect for the President and you do not have to black to see that. Getting nasty it will be and it is scary because after awhile his supporters are "going to say enough is enough" and worse

    January 3, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Sasha

    Shorter Gingrich: "You know that negative campaigning style that I pioneered and owe my career to? We should avoid engaging in it so long as it hurts my chances."

    January 3, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. politics as usual

    Yeah, we hear you loud and clear, Newt: "Do as I say and not as I do."

    January 3, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Hilroy wrote:

    This is called racism and lack of respect for the President and you do not have to black to see that. Getting nasty it will be and it is scary because after awhile his supporters are "going to say enough is enough" and worse
    I would not go so far as to call it racism. What they are doing is marginalizing the President by not acknowledging that he is the President. They are trying to make people focus on Obama the man, not Obama the POTUS. They want the election to be a referendum on Barack Obama, not a referendum on the actual issues we face and the best solutions to move forward. It is the old magician's trick of misdirection, fooling the audience into looking where they shouldn't.

    January 3, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Boo

    Hey Newt – it's over....take your wife on another shoppIng spree at Tiffany's and GO AWAY.

    January 3, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Doug in NYC

    Oh Boohoo GinGRINCH, cry a river and build a bridge and get over it. Suprised nobody has brought up the crybaby Newt cartoon when he shut down the government because he couldn't fly in front of Air Force one! Boohoo, boohoo, sob.....Why does the truth hurt so much?

    January 3, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. 1crusader

    Negative ads are probably here to stay , but I do think that there is something wrong with our political system when unlimited amounts of money can be poured into campaigns by corporations and interest groups ( and the public may not even know who the donors are).It amounts to buying elections and candidates.I think that this Supreme Court, that ruled that corporations are "people" for this purpose made a grave error.I don't agree with Gingrich on much, but it hurt him in Iowa, and it hurts the Democratic process.

    January 3, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Hilroy

    Rudy NYC

    Thanks. You are right on target. I do not like using the over used word "racism" but sometimes I have to shake my head when i see these Republican spinners on CNN.

    January 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Someone get that man a tissue and a shoulder to cry on. I can't understand a word he's saying in between all the sniffling and blubbering.

    January 3, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    There is just so much in the way of positive things that can be said. There is always going to be some negative campaigning. What needs to be done is to reduce the amount of money that is used to run for office. Once that is reduced, then we can have a more honest set of candiates who might run for office. If they don't have to raise money, then they don't need to be beholden to other sources other than the voters.

    January 3, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. ja

    do the ads hold any truths, if so let them roll

    January 3, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. george of the jungle

    He invented the negitive add. If the repos couldn't go negitive they would not have a campagin. No substance to any of them. No ideas No solutions. Just a lot of hot air. Look how they treat each other.

    January 3, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Mitt Newt , same suit !

    January 3, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Marry

    Let’s urge voting against unqualified candidates that think they could become „President“! And that would include ALL of the GOP/TP “candidates”. What hype!
    We got a top President and we want to keep him. What we need is to vote against is the party of “NO” and clean out the House and the Senate so real work for America’s future and middle class can start!
    President Obama 2012!! Yes we can!

    January 3, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    I'm sure they will be relieved. But it's not the 'last day of the Iowa caucuses'. It is the ONLY day of the Iowa caucuses. In fact, in most places, they haven't even started. The rest has just been campaigning leading up to that event.

    January 3, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. Lee

    If this sentiment is true, then the Fox "News" or Comedy Channel needs to be totally shut down as it works full time, with nearly every word or story, to "spin" their propaganda, lies and negativity.
    More than a couple studies have shown that Fox viewers are more misinformed than people who watch nothing! Not only do all the other network viewers score better, but even those who ignore the news are better than than Fox watchers. Fox purposely plants lies and hate.

    January 3, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Get Real

    Love how Newt is Mr. Positivity all of sudden. If on the off chance he's actually the nominee I'm sure he won't be saying things like "“Obama is the most serious radical threat to traditional America ever to occupy the White House.” or that Obama is the “most successful food stamp President in history". Or that President Obama is "so outside our comprehension that only if you understand Kenyan, anticolonial behavior can you begin to piece [him] together."

    You are garbage Newtie.

    January 3, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Bigwilliestyles

    If Gingrich expects anyone to feel sorry for him, he is either vastly over estimating the effects of what comes out of his mouth, or vastly under estimating what everyone else has between their ears.

    January 3, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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