Gingrich is 'desperate,' new ad charges
January 12th, 2012
08:46 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich is 'desperate,' new ad charges

Greer, South Carolina (CNN) - An outside group supporting Mitt Romney unleashed a new attack on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the GOP nomination battle grew increasingly heated.

The Restore our Future PAC said it will air a television ad called "Desperate" in the early voting states of South Carolina and Florida, as part of an already announced multi-million dollar ad buy.

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The heavily stylized ad announced: "Newt attacks because he has more baggage than the airlines" and hit the former House speaker for ethics violations and a payment from mortgage giant Freddie Mac.

The spot also said Gingrich sponsored a bill with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that in part would have funded China's one-child policy.

The offensive comes as Republicans increasingly predict a divisive primary battle among Republican candidates in South Carolina, where voters head to the polls Jan. 21.

Team Gingrich did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Joan

    Why is it OK for Mitt Romney's PACs to run ruthless, vicious attacks on others especially on Gingrich and yet it is not OK for the other candidates to run ads about him? Seems pretty hypocritical. He can dish it out but he can't take it. Trying to protect one candidate while destroying others seems kind of non democratic. Romney may be the inevitible candidate but he should not be treated diferently. This Republican primary has been a real eye opener.

    January 12, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Romney is hardly an upright, honorable, or fair candidate. He will get his turn now, of the negativism.

    January 12, 2012 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. westward

    It's not just Gingrich that is desperate here. It is the entire Republican party. We all knew this when the sent up a full clown car of candidates, after all we've been through as a country, and all THEIR angry rhetoric and obstruction, a FULL CLOWN CAR. Nothing but the best for America....They must really hate us.

    January 12, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Newt Gingrich built his career out of political dirty tricks and K Street Lobbyists. Now that both are being used against him in his attempt to reclaim the "not-Romney" title, he is acting like a petulant brat who was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
    You don't even have to look at his working with Democrats – just the way he has dealt with his fellow Republicans over the last 20 years.

    January 12, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Oh Romney, you are such a nasty campaigner. Mittens is learning well from the Kochs, Rove, and Wall Street, on how to use scorched earth tactics. I am not sure it is an affective way to unite his party, but is the Mittens' way.

    January 12, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. gt

    newt s toast.. fundamentally,, i am sick of seeing this has been....quit ... you jerk..

    January 12, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. quinLee

    I have to agree with Romney on this one. Can we try to focus on the serious problems. Where are the grown ups?

    January 12, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Jules

    Newt isn't desperate – he is so angry at Romney he can't stand it. Romney's PAC running more of the same ads they ran in Iowa is not going to help the situation, but is going to really tick off Newt's supporters and the rest of the anti-Romney crowd. They would be much better off running positive ads about their candidate of choice. Of course, I am not voting for any of them so this is just a "bipartisan" observation.

    January 12, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    It is unfortunate to see Gingrich trying to make a political play criticizing Romney's successes at Bain Capital. The things Bain Capital was able to do for many failing businesses helped thousands of American workers. Especially in difficult times like what we have now, we need companies to do those things to become more effective and to survive. This is exactly what Bain did. It invested and made companies that had some chance for success to fight back and acheive it. Not all were capable, but Bain was responsible for the net creation of tens of thousands of jobs. Mitt Romney has every right to be proud of that work. And someone who has those capabilities can make good things happen for the American economy and the American workforce.

    January 12, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. GI Joe

    Restore our Future leader (Paulsen).

    Paulsen is a Hedge Fund Manager that made a fortune betting the housing market would fail.

    He gave $5 Million to Restore our Future.

    If I had $5 Million, I'd get some of those homeless vets a warm place to sleep at night.

    January 12, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    Desperate or not, I'll leave GOPers to decide. It's their platform being highlighted across America right now, not mine. As an on looker only, IMHO this particular cast of contenders deserve one another. Who would have thought the 2010 GOPer victory lap tour would have brought such theatrical mud slinging into mainstream politics in the guise of "politics as usual"?

    January 12, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Tony

    Gingrich is as desperate as other conservatives who realize that they cannot even stop a Massachusetts moderate in the Republican primary.

    January 12, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Larry in Houston

    This guy is an embarassment to us catholics. The "Newter" needs to pack up & go home. He's not going to make it past Florida, if he gets that far. All the Repub candidates are giving the Obama Team more ammo – come November. Why don't they just start acting like adults, and get behind someone, who will be able to defeat Obama, instead of all of this fighting ? It surely doesn't make any sense to me. I guess, it's sort of like that movie, "Tombstone" where Kurt Russell played Wyatt Earp – after the bad guys ended up shooting one of his brothers in the back – while he was playing pool – and shot his other brother's arm off – remember that ? Wyatt told them – ""Hell's Coming" ""And Hell's Coming With Me""
    So – when "the Newter" says "Armageddon" he means that "Hell" is coming with me. WoW ! what a nice Catholic !
    Moral of this : s.c. – you better watch out !

    Larry in Houston

    January 12, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |