Gingrich: Romney campaign is 'pathetic'
January 30th, 2012
05:46 PM ET
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Gingrich: Romney campaign is 'pathetic'

Fort Myers, Florida (CNN) – Newt Gingrich took his latest swing at Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney on Monday, calling his opponent's campaign "pathetic" and grousing loudly about the negative tone of the race.

Campaigning in Fort Myers on the eve of the Florida primary – his fourth stop on a statewide fly-around - Gingrich took the stage in a parking lot at the local airport to address several hundred supporters, many of whom had been waiting in a pleasant breeze for nearly two hours to see the candidate.

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Gingrich promptly launched into a diatribe about the "profoundly false" blizzard of ads from the Romney campaign and his allies attacking Gingrich's record in Washington and ties to the troubled mortgage firm Freddie Mac.

He cited a New York Times piece from Sunday examining a Romney campaign meeting on the morning after their drubbing in the South Carolina primary.

In the meeting, Gingrich said, referring the Times piece, Romney and his aides settled on a plan to "destroy" the former House Speaker in Florida.

"And I thought to myself, what a pathetic situation to be running for the President of the United States with nothing positive to say for yourself," Gingrich said.

"And nothing available, a big idea, big vision, a big future, and all you got to do is try to tear your opponent down to where they get smaller than you are. That's the Romney model. Now that's not my model. My model is to talk about big solutions."

Gingrich was introduced at the Fort Myers event by Herman Cain, who endorsed him on Saturday, and Michael Reagan - both of whom defended Gingrich's conservative bona fides.

Cain, though, left the rally before Gingrich spoke in order to make an appearance on Fox News.

Gingrich also revealed in his speech that one of his most famous supporters, Todd Palin, will hit the campaign trail with him soon. The campaign said Palin recorded a last minute get out the vote robocall for Gingrich that will go out in Florida on Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Vice of New York


    I agree with Newt.

    Is Romney another Obama, blaming everyone else?

    January 30, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |

    Hey David – I agree with Newt too. The Republican Squids brought this on themselves when they teamed up with Romney in Iowa to discredit Gingrich. That said, comparing our President to the Janus-faced Snake-oil salesman of Mitt(ens) Romney shows YOU for waht you are: A FOX News zombie with no foot standing on reality. That Cuban liar, Rubio (who also falsely claimed his parents were thrown out by Castro) , recently said that "things have gotten worse with Obama". If that's so why is the Dow Jones hovering about 12,000? Why is the job grown higher today when it went negative under papa's boy and draft dodger Grorge Bush JR? Sorry – just because you get one thing right doesn't get you a gold star!

    January 31, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. stevetall

    Takes one to know one, especially in this field of self-centered, mis-guided, poor-excuses for public servents. The good news for Newt is that they're all pathetic losers, so he stands an equal chance.

    January 31, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Mark

    That's politics Newt. You should be used to it. Both parties spend most of their time tearing the other party down.

    January 31, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Debby

    Gingrich calls Romney's campaign pathetic because he is winning. lol Romney is in a no win situation with Gingrich. If he was losing Gingrich would say money can't buy everything, now that he is winning he is saying he is outspent in and the money is buying him Florida. Gingrich doesn't realize that its the people that vote, not the money and they don't like him period.

    January 31, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Gurgi

    Following the socialist policies of the current administration will be very damaging for this country. People need to take a look across the atlantic. We have a perfect example of what such policies lead to, there. Another 4 years with no changes and we will be in the same boat as Greece, Italy, and Spain.

    January 31, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Lolo

    Poor Poor Republicans. Also @Maggie, the reason you like the attack dog method is because that is how you live your life. Come back to 2012, we are not in the 50's anymore. Trust and believe you have losers running this year for the highest office in the land. Your party knows nothing but lies and hatred. I guess you will not be going to the polls this year my dear. LOL!!!!!!! Aso if you think that Newt and Mittens are more worthy than President Obama you really need to go get a medical check-up. Something is definitely clogging your brain to keep you from thinking, hearing or seeing clearly.

    January 31, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Bubba

    "Following the socialist policies of the current administration will be very damaging for this country." Please name one of those socialist policies, dufus. Calling stuff you don't agree with "communist" or "socialist" is an old and well-honored tradition in this country, so let me just call you a commie and get it over with.

    January 31, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    "Following the socialist policies of the current administration will be very damaging for this country."

    Still waiting for you to identify these phony "socialist policies of the current administration" you keep mentioning. Guess we can't expect much from a proven liar such as yourself, though.

    January 31, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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