Gingrich ad compares Romney’s ‘desperate’ attacks to 2008 campaign
January 19th, 2012
03:16 AM ET
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Gingrich ad compares Romney’s ‘desperate’ attacks to 2008 campaign

Washington (CNN) – The Gingrich campaign reached back to 2008 in its latest ad attacking Mitt Romney, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of using the same “desperate” and “dishonest” attacks he used when he ran for president in 2008.

The ad, titled “Desperate,” starts with a narrator stating, “Why is Mitt Romney attacking Newt Gingrich?” It then cuts to a clip of John McCain, a recent Romney supporter, stating, “The best indicator that I am doing very well is when you’re attacked by Mitt Romney.”

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Continuing this format throughout, the ad features additional clips from 2008 presidential hopefuls Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson, and accuses Romney of changing positions on abortion, marriage, taxes and guns to get elected. At one point, the ad features video of Thompson, a politician turned television actor, accusing Romney of “getting to be a pretty good actor.”

The ad ends with Huckabee stating, “If a man’s dishonest to get a job, he’ll be dishonest on the job.”

According to the Gingrich campaign, the tightening in South Carolina polls of 2012 is similar to the way Romney fell behind McCain and Huckabee in 2008. Romney eventually finished a distant fourth in South Carolina in 2008.

Gingrich has been eating away at Romney’s lead in the Palmetto state. With two days to go until the first-in-the-south primary, the former speaker has reduced the 19-point Romney advantage to 10 points, according to the latest CNN/Time/ORC International poll. The poll indicated that 33% of likely South Carolina Republican primary voters will back Romney, compared with 23% who say they will back Gingrich.

“The polls in South Carolina are tightening and Mitt Romney’s attacks against Newt Gingrich are getting more desperate and more dishonest. We’ve seen this play out before,” Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said in a statement.

Filed under: 2008 Election • 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Sirned

    As much as I dislike Romney, Newt makes my skin crawl...He is mean spirited, dishonest, in love with himself, delusional and underhanded. Just saying...

    January 19, 2012 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  2. mb2010a

    The Headline should read "Gingrich will do and say anything to become President." Of all the people in the circus that Republicans have fielded this election cycle, Gingrich is the worst,..

    January 19, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Look who is calling the pot black. You are digging into the trash to bring that bimbo from AK to the forefront and you are going after willard for the same?
    Right now you are just a pathetic old man trying to recoup whatever is left of your dignity which, right now, is zero.
    Then again, I can see you and what's her face together. Both had problems with ethics!!

    January 19, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Newt is correct. Romney has no core principles other than to further the interests of the predatory elitists hidden among the 1%. He cares only for the greedy and not the needy. Romney's goals are to continue the GOBP deathcult's policies favoring only the filthy rich, and furthering the neocon agenda for a war with Iran.

    Mitt Romney: A good man for the country club crowd, a bad idea for the rest of us.

    January 19, 2012 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  5. Mike

    It was pretty tough watching the Packers fall apart in Lambeau Field last weekend, but this is a nice spoonful of sugar.

    January 19, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  6. mark

    And the point is what

    January 19, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  7. diridi

    Wake up, America, GOP voting Fraud. Get rid of all the Republican idiots from the Ballet, and save the nation. Obama2012.
    speak up, God bless you, America. Speak up.

    January 19, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It should be an interesting race on Saturday. Is South Carolina a proportion distribution of delegates states? If it is, then Romney can't walk away with everything and be in the clear lead ending the race.

    January 19, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |