Gingrich maintains he's the national conservative
January 6th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich maintains he's the national conservative

(CNN) - You wouldn't know it by the Iowa caucus results and latest polls here in New Hampshire and South Carolina. But Newt Gingrich remains the second choice for Republicans nationwide, according to the Gallup daily tracking poll.

"I'm the only national conservative candidate," Gingrich told CNN Radio Friday. His past as House speaker brings significant name recognition with older voters, to be sure. But Gingrich has been unable to translate the national recognition into second place status in any of the first states to go in the nomination process.

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Of course, he blames his fall from the top tier in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina on the relentless attack ads from Romney backers in Iowa, where he was once frontrunner.

Pressed on whether he can run a national campaign to boost his image in the key states, Gingrich automatically moves into the mode of going after Romney and the notion that someone in the pack is going to emerge as the anti-Romney favorite.

"We're not going to try to nationalize it," Gingrich said. "We're going to try to draw a very sharp contrast between a Reagan conservative and a Massachusetts moderate. And we're going to go issue by issue and prove why those aren't just slogans. Those are facts."

That strategy comes with the expectation Gingrich can continue in the race, while others fall by the wayside, if Romney remains dominant with a plurality of support.

"And I think as we do that, in places like South Carolina and Florida, it will begin to be very, very difficult for Governor Romney to break out."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    "National disgrace" is a more applicable term for Newt..

    January 6, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oooh! Is that a new hairstyle for the Newtered? It looks good on him.
    Now, about him being the only national conservative candidate, (1) what the does that really mean,and (2) who the hell cares. National conservative or not you're a distant and fading footprint in this GOP clown race so there really is no need for us to know any more about you than you already do.
    You'll be getting your walking papers from the puppet masters soon enough and then you too can join Batty in poltical oblivion.

    January 6, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Conservatives have almost destroyed our country, why would anyone admit to being one?

    January 6, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. 4merRepubCT

    Wow...this is a definition of "conservative" that's new to me. Serial-adulturer and Congressional-ethics violator. Nice.

    January 6, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. Sorensen

    No. The old, "catholic" adulterer is the national joke politician.

    January 6, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Emperor Norton

    Reagan would've raised taxes, Gingrich. You're a neoconservative.

    January 6, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    I'm the real conservative. No, I'm the real conservative. They're all fighting to see how far right they can get. Then, after one of them secures the nomination, they're going to have to moderate their rhetoric and move to the middle.
    This all works out to the benefit of the Democrats. Because Obama has already been moving toward the middle. So he's not going to have a hard time pointing to the Republican candidate and talking about how far right (and out of the mainstream) they are.

    January 6, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Rev Mkell,

    If he proves that he's the far right's darling he can forget the Independent vote!

    January 6, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. anotherGDlefty

    Hit the comedy circuit Leroy...

    Leroy also claimed he was a historian, ethical and not an adulterer.

    Bye bye Leroy

    January 6, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Paul Ernest Show

    Yes Newt, you are a national conservative nuisance, bigot, misinformed and uncooked. It is so unfortunate that a nation that is made up of unique groups, that people like Newt could stoop so untamely low to insult one group and get way with it. His insensitivity has been well known and yet the media and white America still listen to him. Are they accomplices to his bigotry and racism, cheering him on, or are they repulsed by it? If so, he ought to be dismissed. I hate to make divisive comments, but the fact is that the huge number of men and women, who are receiving disability checks are white and I can say that half of them are just fit to work. Some are receiving these government checks and still "working under the table". Compare 2 hundred dollars worth of food stamps to huge disability checks and you can conclude on who is receiving government assistance. As an employer I have observed this trend for years. Many have come to my office, seeking "under the table wages" because of fear of loosing their disability checks. Young girls and boys, white, and receiving fat disability checks, government paying for multiple medications, some they do not need. Newt and America should get their facts straight. Both races are equally drawing on welfare.

    January 6, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Newt's ego knows no bounds ... He committed cheated on his wife(s) because he "loves America so much." He throws hissy fits at the drop of a hat (closed down the federal government when he didn't get the seat he wanted on a plane; whines and cries when Mittens airs attack ads, etc.). He claims to be an "historian," while simultaneously thinking we're all going to forget his sordid past.

    What a joke – what a loser – what a typical Republican.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 6, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    God, but would these fools stop their incessent whining and GROW THE HELL UP.

    " I am the better (fill in the blank ) "...
    " Are not "...
    " Am too "...
    " Are not "...

    How on earth anyone can take any of them as serious contenders for President of the United States is beyond belief.

    January 6, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. When they open their mouths, they insert a foot

    Conservative is a bad word.
    No one with any intelligence would want to be insulted by being called a conservative.
    These people have nearly destroyed America.

    January 6, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Because Obama has already been moving toward the middle. "

    Sorry, but Obama STARTED in the middle...which is why the GOP quickly organized, funded and trained the Teatroll Astroturf Frankenstein in order to give them political cover for moving waaaaaaaaay out to the right and shifting the appearance of where the "middle" lies, essentially pulling the middle out from under Obama's feet and then claiming, solely because of the new far right extremist alignment of the GOP, that the "middle" actually is further right than Obama, i.e., that Obama's way out to the left. Worked pretty well for a while and for the 2010 elections because the MSM tried really hard to help them sell it. Now that the populace is seeing what myriad little frankensteins do when they get elected, however, we're gearing up to witness some hilarious backfire.

    January 6, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    He's certainly an example of a good GOBP toady for the hidden neocon elite.

    January 6, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  16. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Newt is delusional.

    January 6, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Can't imagine this guy sitting down with Putin and getting up with anything but a full pantload and a dark stain on his rump to show for it.

    January 6, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    He is a moderate conservative, and that simply means the issue matters.

    January 6, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  19. Hair bear

    If Newts the second choice and the GOP wants him, then they need to send him some Money!

    January 6, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Larry L

    The GOP needs to develop a simple questionaire to quantify the level of conservativeness of each Republican candidate. By answering subjective questions candidates could save a lot of time proving their unwavering devotion to all things right-wing. Candidates could answer either "A Lot, Somewhat, Just a Little, or Never" – getting points 3 to 0 respectively.
    Questions could include:
    1. Do you prefer plain white bread?
    2. Do you visualize Jesus as a white man in a three-piece business suit?
    3. Do you gossip with your friends about whether Anderson Cooper is gay or not?
    4. Do you consider global climate change a liberal plot to undermine American business?
    5. For breakfast do you order ham, toast and two infant chickens over-easy?
    6. Do you often wish guns were available in vending machines?
    7. How often do you fantasize about starting a war with Canada?
    8. Do you hate Rachel Madow but think she looks like a hot young boy?
    9. When you dance do you do that thing where you make the "victory sign" with your fingers?
    10. Would you prefer a Mercury Marquis over a Toyota Prius?

    January 6, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. T'sah From Virginia

    The ginGRINCH that can't steal an election is now trying to be the "National Conservative." I agree with Mama – Who Cares!!!! A "National Conservative" of a dying far-RIGHT is NOTHING!!!

    Obama 2012!!!

    January 6, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |