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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Also see:

Gingrich: Romney is lying

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Gingrich suggests a Tuesday win

Gingrich strives for 'great upset' in Iowa

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Newt isn't even talking about issues, why is he SOOO offended if he gets attacked!? How does that relate to him being president at all? We don't want a complainer, boo hoo Newt. Start telling us why you're supposed to be the president instead of why Mitt's negative ads destroyed you and your ego!

    January 3, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Gurgi

    "This is called racism and lack of respect for the President......" Referring to President Obama as "Obama" might be a little disrespectful, but you and others like you are showing your true colors by throwing the race card and calling it "racism." Just because I and a lot of others think Obama's policies (no I don't really respect him) are bad for this country, does not make us "racists."

    January 3, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. rika33

    What a crybaby hypocrite – like most of the teabaggers and republican candidates. Poor little newt – his politics of personal attacks and hyperbole comes back to him. Boo Hoo for newt. Unfortunately for him most of the "attacks" are true. he is a unsavory as they come – a fitting representative for those who hate america and want to take it what? I think they deserve Newt.

    January 3, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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