January 30th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich supporter trails Romney

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) - For days, supporters of Mitt Romney have trailed Newt Gingrich across Florida, hoping to rattle the former House speaker and occasionally clashing with his spokesman.

On Monday, a Gingrich supporter decided to return the favor.

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Rick Tyler, a former Gingrich aide and the spokesman for Winning Our Future, a super PAC supporting the former speaker's candidacy, stood in the back of a Romney rally in Jacksonville and broadcast his criticism of the GOP candidate to anyone who would listen.

"I'm here to get as many cameras and microphones so I can talk about Mitt Romney's incessant failure to tell the truth," Tyler told members of the media standing fifty feet away from Romney, who was greeting supporters after his rally. "I thought, well no one said I couldn't go to a Romney event, so here I am."

"I couldn't keep up with the lies," Tyler continued. "I mean, Mitt Romney seems to have a congenital defect. He can't distinguish the truth from a lie and that's evident in his ads, it's evident in his speeches."

Federal election law prohibits a super PAC from coordinating with a campaign on strategy.

Throughout the event, Tyler used Twitter to take on what he called "lies" in Romney's speech, and mocked the candidate when an introducer awkwardly tried to stall while waiting for Romney to join him on stage.

Tyler tweeted: "Romney late to first event. Intro guy ran out of positive things to say about Mitt. Taking song requests."

The introducer, Rep. Ander Crenshaw, was leading the audience in a rendition of "God Bless America."

Tyler said he would continue to attend Romney's events and criticize the GOP candidate's record.

A Romney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

For his part, Romney kept up his attacks on Gingrich on stage, mocking the former speaker for proposing to build a moon base during his presidency.

A member of the audience shouted of Gingrich: "Send him to the moon!"

Romney acknowledged the quip, and added: "The idea of the moon as the fifty-first state is not what would have come to my mind as a campaign basis here in Florida."

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sage Sophos

    Romney is the guy to beat!! bring him on!!

    January 30, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. Sage Sophos

    Politically Crash him and wipe the floor with him when is November 6? we can't wait!!

    January 30, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. IDEAS and IDEALS not ideologies

    The bar keeps getting lower. I wonder how can they go.

    January 30, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Bill

    I hope Romney does get the nomination. He will easier for Obama to beat than Gingrich.

    January 30, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Rsprings

    Florida voters please vote NO on Gingrich.

    January 30, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. v_mag

    If we had the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth from these candidates (i.e., in a perfect world), they would all admit that none of them is worth spit. We can all see that. We also all know who crashed the economy and started 2 expensive and unnecessary wars. That fact is irrefutable and totally unacknowledged by the Repugnants, although the rest of the world is in no doubt about it. The inevitable conclusion is that R's live in fantasyland.

    The GOP is the party of lies and denial.

    January 30, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Mittens, Newtmare and all their supporters are a bunch of childish fools. That said, Dems, Independents and thinking Republicans need to be sure to get out and vote for President Obama in November. The GOP is doing everything it can to suppress Democratic voting, so we need to be sure to get to the polls and cast our ballot for the man and party that is getting us out of the mess the GOP created.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    January 30, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Romney or GinRich.
    Death by firing squad or beheading for the American Middle Class, but death nonetheless should either one of these ascend to the presidency.
    Obama 2012 President for ALL Americans.

    January 30, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. logicnLA

    When will the grown ups show their faces in this race?
    Ron Paul is a good person and acts like a Congressman should. Unfortunately is views are scaryand unrealistic and for that reason, I'm glad he has not caught fire. But the other three children all need a time-out. Preferable out of the lime-light.

    January 30, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. beevee

    The only thing that has not yet happened between these two buffoons of GOP is a fist fight. Stop the dust raking nonsense and talk about things that matter to all americans.

    January 30, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. DENNA

    That's right Newt. Show Mitt you are the bigger man and won't stoop to his childish tactics. Oh, wait, you are stooping to his childish tactics. Never mind.

    January 30, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    CNN, is it true that the GOP establishment is trying to crush the tea party movement, having just redistricted Allen West's district out of existence? And that Romney is working with them toward this end?

    January 30, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Thomas

    Would somebody ask Mitt Romney why none of his five sons volunteered for military service.

    Were they to busy having 16 children ?

    January 30, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Larry L

    It's comical hearing Newt and Mittens argue about the who is the biggest liar. I wish commentators would ask each of them two tough questions and leave no wiggle-room for the typical politician's half-answer. They need to ask – "Under you plan how much more will seniors have to pay for medical care than they pay now?" and "Do you support eliminating the cap of $106,000 on Social Security deductions so people contribute to Social Security based on their total earnings – making the program solvent forever?".

    January 30, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. The Middle

    What a way to run a campaign by just caling the other a liar. Newt can't count on the evangelicals (outside SC) because of cheating on past wives, hypocritical in condemning others for it while he does it, Tea Party can't support him because of the moon being 51st state proposal, supporting amnesty is against conservatives. Yeah, we'll just run around and say he lies. GOP is going down

    January 30, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Oh honestly... enough with the "he's lying" BS. Everybody always claims the other person is lying and distorting the facts. Run ads that get YOUR message out. Do you think Obama isn't going to do the same thing??!! Are you going to sit there and have a tandrum again or are you going to fight back with your side of the argument? Let's get real Newt!

    January 30, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Which statements were lies is my big question. What was so wrong to call it a lie rather than a distortion or shading of the facts? Has Gingrich done the same?

    January 30, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |