Ron Paul hammers Gingrich in South Carolina mailer
January 6th, 2012
06:51 AM ET
11 years ago

Ron Paul hammers Gingrich in South Carolina mailer

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) - Ron Paul’s campaign is flooding South Carolina mailboxes with a letter calling Newt Gingrich a “counterfeit conservative.”

The five-page mailing, given to CNN by a Republican who received it this week, also attacks Rick Perry’s immigration record and dings Mitt Romney’s “flip-flops on abortion” and his support for “state-run health care” in Massachusetts.

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But Gingrich, a former House Speaker vying with Paul for conservative votes, is the main target.

Reprising attacks that have surfaced in other Paul mailings and web videos, the Texas congressman paints Gingrich as a closet liberal.

“Newt Gingrich has a long record of liberal appeasement, flip-flopping on key issues, and lobbying for insider millions,” the letter reads. “I have rarely seen a candidate who represents so much of what is wrong with Washington and what is wrong with our political system."

Paul accuses Gingrich of supporting health insurance mandates, backing TARP and siding with Nancy Pelosi to promote “the anti-business ‘global warming’ agenda.”

As in 2008, the Paul campaign has waged the most aggressive South Carolina mail campaign of any Republican candidate. The latest mailer is at least the fourth one sent out in the state under the candidate’s name.

Read the Romney mailer here and letter from Rep. Paul here.

Literature from the Romney campaign also landed in South Carolina mailboxes on Thursday.

In keeping with Romney’s national strategy, the glossy mailer avoids mention of his GOP opponents and keeps the focus on President Barack Obama.

The former Massachusetts governor is “a conservative businessman who will demand fiscal responsibility,” the mail piece reads, promising that Romney will cut spending, repeal Obama’s health care plan and reform Medicare and Social Security.

Also see:

Huntsman hits Romney ahead of N.H. primary

Boston Globe backs Huntsman

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Santorum tangles with Gingrich, same-sex marriage supporters

McCain courting former South Carolina backers for Romney

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul • South Carolina
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Mark Smith

    "Paul accuses Gingrich of supporting health insurance mandates, backing TARP and siding with Nancy Pelosi to promote 'the anti-business ‘global warming’ agenda.'” These are NOT accusations. They are facts.

    January 6, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  2. biju nair

    Why would you call the mails from Romney as literature?

    January 6, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Paul is someone who doesn't apparentlyappreciate science or the role that govenernment has in helping fix massive problems. I say this based on the statement "the anti-business ‘global warming’ agenda.” If he is unwilling to understand the complexity of the environment, then I don't know how he became a doctor. Besides, there can be a business model that helps companies control their output of waste products. Why don't people see this?

    January 6, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens mailer say he is going to cut spending, but has promised a war with Iraq, reduced taxes on the wealthy, an end to social security and medicare as we know it, and a return to those fiscal policies that lead us to the near great Bush/republican depression.

    January 6, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It was pointed out last night that Mittens is among the wealthiest top 3100 Americans, (just under Steven Forbes), so I guess that is why Mittens won't release his income tax statements. After all, he made $13 million last year from Bain, and he doesn't want us to know about the rest. He sure can feel what he calls the middle class pain because he is right in the middle of the wealthiest group of Americans.

    January 6, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  6. Terry Gloege

    Why are we talking about this 76 year old crazy person? Oh sure, he's smart enough to have figured out how to play the system for his own enrichment but that's about the extent of it.

    January 6, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Kerem Tibuk

    Talking about rival nominee's past actions and positions is not "attacking" them.

    It is actually doing what media is supposed to do.

    January 6, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Ron Paul's unusual combination of unusual views really gives libertarianism a bad name.

    January 6, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Tyler1982

    I don't trust Mittens//Sanatarium/GinGrench.

    I trust Ron Paul. He can make real, drastic, NATION-SAVING changes....we needed him in the White House in 2004 and maybe we wouldn't be in this nightmare we're in now. All of his predictions have come true.

    January 6, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. Tony Vaughn

    I hope that Huntsman burns down the Mitt in Mass.

    January 6, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. Jariv

    Wire Palladin, S. F. – You are so full of it. Seriously. Lousy, and uneducated posts.

    January 6, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  12. Ellen

    I support Ron Paul, but he needs to start going after Romney and Santorum more. He is fighting for the nomination against Romney more than anyone else.

    January 6, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Counterfeit conservative.” True ,All GOP candidates deserve this name except Ron Paul

    “The mail piece reads, promising that Romney will cut spending, repeal Obama’s health care plan”
    The sad part Romney doesn’t want own his health care plan

    January 6, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Cool" Paul is nuttier than a Costco size jar of Planters peanuts.
    I heard last night that he sent a nasty little missive (okay someone else in his org Twitted FOR him!) to Huntsman about having located the ONE person that voted for Huntsman.
    Why would Nutty Paul open himself up to being slammed by the sanely intelligent Huntsman?

    January 6, 2012 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Oldfan

    Is that dang Ron Paul guy spouting facts again??

    January 6, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  16. GBM

    Too bad Huntsman & Paul need to be associated w/ this hijacked party.

    January 6, 2012 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Hwt123

    Obama, Mitt ,Newt and Santorum all support the patriot act , NDAA and the prodding like sheep at the airports and the loss of our liberties due to the take over by the special interest groups who profit from wars and aggression.America is turning into a police state.
    All of these candidates offer more borrowing and printing of fiat currency which robs the poor and destroys the middle class and transfers that wealth to the banks with this inflationary practice that our founding fathers warned us about.Ron Paul is not running to be president folks, Ron Paul is running to change the course of history.

    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent they conquered.”
    Thomas Jefferson

    January 6, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. madmaninthemiddle

    Why attack Gingrich? Is he getting any traction in South Carolina?

    January 6, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. Gurgi

    Fortunately the opinions of liberals on the republican candidates is as irrelevant as it is lacking in facts, as they will not be voting for a republican anyway.

    January 6, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. donaldyoung

    I love the fact that Romney is a highly astute and accomplished businessman.
    He obtained his MBA and law degree simultaneoously!
    He is incredibly disciplined, experienced in all facets of relevancy to the leadership, and a rpoven loyal family.
    Why would anyone pretend Obama as a junior nobody was ready but Mitt is not?
    In that case, all the GOP candidates, including Gingrich, have years more expereince and depth of qualifications than Oblameo

    January 6, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. sjosephm

    "Counterfeit Conservative", not only is that totally true, it's being rather nice. Gingrich is at the top of my list for intelligent, but he's also at the top for being crooked and distrustful.

    January 6, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Its Your Funeral

    Reform Medicare and Social Security? Folks, let's face it and get down to brass tacks. These Ultra-Rich Republicans, no matter who they are, would CUT those programs anyway they can if they were to become elected! That's the bottom line and Republicans, no matter who it is, are just Itching at the chance to get to do just that and cause Millions of Americans to Suffer Long and Hard! They will throw you under the bus because They Don't Need You, Except Your Vote To Get In Office! Since you are not wealthy and you are not the rich, what do Republicans need you for?? Absolutely Nothing after you vote for them! As a matter of fact, You're Just In the Way! That's why you will get thrown under the bus and worse if Republicans are elected. It's Going To Be Your Funeral!

    January 6, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |