Gingrich demands TV stations pull ad
February 17th, 2012
04:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich demands TV stations pull ad

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's campaign sent letters to certain TV stations Friday warning them against airing a commercial paid for by a super PAC supporting Mitt Romney.

According to the letter, the campaign claims the ad is "fundamentally NOT TRUE."

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Produced by the group Restore Our Future, the commercial is set to air in Georgia, a state Gingrich formerly represented as congressman, as well as other Super Tuesday states.

The spot claims Gingrich co-sponsored a 1989 bill with then-Rep. Nancy Pelosi "that would have given $60 million a year to a U.N. program supporting China's brutal one-child policy."

But the former House speaker claimed the ad is "unequivocally false."

Titled "Global Warming Prevention Act," the bill at issue was introduced while Gingrich was still a congressman but never passed. Along with supporting stricter fuel standards for cars and alternative energy, the legislation also called for sending money to developing countries to promote clean energy standards.

The bill proposed sending money to the U.N. Population Fund, some of which would go to China, but one section in the bill stipulated that no funds should go towards backing involuntary sterilization, abortion, or family planning coercion.

And while it's true Gingrich co-sponsored the legislation with Pelosi, there were a total of 144 House members who also sponsored the bill, according to PolitiFact.

On Friday, the campaign demanded the TV stations immediately refuse or cease airing the ads and "refrain from broadcasting their content until such time as the libelous statements have been removed."

The letter warned if the stations broadcast the ad after receiving the letter, they will be knowingly airing a "false statement" and potentially liable for defamatory communication.

Last month, Team Gingrich made a similar move and called on TV stations to ban another ad by Restore Our Future that claimed Gingrich was fined for an ethics violation during his tenure as speaker. Gingrich maintained he was forced to pay a "reimbursement," not a fine.

The candidate has long pushed back against negative ads from the super PAC, as well as Romney's campaign. Since placing second in Florida's primary last month, Gingrich has largely attributed negative ads for his recent decline in the polls and disappointing finishes in other contests.

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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. John Del Rosario

    What lies is Gingrich talking about ? He is the 'poster boy' for lies !

    February 17, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  2. Eric

    Wow, a Republican is airing a political ad that's NOT TRUE? What has the world come to?

    February 17, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  3. Republican who supports President Obama

    Let's see – Asking for ads to be pulled because they are untrue but you can run around this country speaking mistruths and fabrications about the Obama Administration. Hmmmm.

    February 17, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. clarke

    The. ads are fine but they should also be the honest to God truth,the good,the bad and the ugly. Just be honest and no half truth. The full truth, no sound bits, no play on words.

    February 17, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. Oldeskoolfan

    What goes around, comes around ya old Grinch.

    February 17, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  6. tcaros

    Gingrich is not so pompous and smug anymore.

    As many predicted "it was only a matter of time" before Newt alienated himself. He can't help it. He's like Karl Rove.. the unloved fat kid he picks the wings off flies.

    February 17, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  7. tcaros

    Ah, poor Newt... he can go back to selling those paperweights he calls books.

    February 17, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  8. tcaros

    The new flavor of the month is Santorum. The old flavor, Newt, we spew from our mouths.

    February 17, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    How can you tell that Newt is a Historian? Easy, he keeps rewriting his own history until the story is more to his liking. In most cases, historians usually wait until the corpse has mouldered for a sufficient time before revisionism rears its ugly head. In Newt's case, he decided he cannot wait until he has been dead for at least 50 years before whitewashing his career to make it look more pleasant, and make him seem like a nicer guy. Kind of reminds me of how Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il rewrote their biographies to make them seem almost like dieties (so much for "From each according to his abilities unto each according to his needs").
    I still remember Bob Dole's reply to Newt, when the former Speaker asked why people took an immediate dislike to him. Dole's reply? "Because it saves them time."

    February 17, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. My name is Jose Jimenez

    The White House is keeping its fingers crossed hoping that the Republican fratricide will continue.

    What a bunch of losers, Newt the Liar, Mitt, the Panderer, Rick, the Neanderthal.

    February 17, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Doh

    How does your own medicine taste, Newt? Please, go have another affair and leave the country alone.

    February 17, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. DC2003

    But Newt wouldn't that be contrary to the US Supreme Court Ruling regarding Citizens United??

    February 17, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  13. James

    Wait, a political ad is fundamentally not true? OMG?!?! How is that possible??!

    Seriously, I hate political ads, I wish they would ALL be pulled, but to whine over one particular ad is absurd.

    February 17, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. dstrbnc

    i'm just wondering..if newt is pulling any real numbers..why don't his people speak up they actualy exist because they should be coming to his rescue here ! ?

    February 17, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  15. Dan

    You've got to wonder what drives a corrupt old ward heeler like this guy. It's hard to imagine that anyone could have such a malignant and overarching ego.

    February 17, 2012 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  16. Melo-D

    Waaaaaaaaaa! I'm Newt Gingrich and I approve this message.

    February 17, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  17. El Flaco

    If the description in this article is accurate, then the ads are outright lies. Romney should be the one calling for broadcasters not to run them.

    Vote for Gingrich. He is morally less inferior than Romney, Paul, and Santorm.

    February 17, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  18. pitdownman

    A dictator always wants to control the media.

    February 17, 2012 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  19. DENNA

    Oh boo hoo. Take it like a man. Remember, don't start nothing, won't be nothing. No one is going to allow you to release negative ads about them with returning the favor.

    February 17, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  20. us1776

    Blingrich, why are you still here?


    February 18, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  21. Linda

    According to a friend from China, the policy isn't "brutal." Couples can have more than one child–they simply pay a fine. The policy has reduced the population and now China is finding that's not so good because the society is beginning to feel the lack of citizens in the generations affected by the policy.

    February 18, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  22. Bigereads

    I think Newt has that disease called malignant narcissism. I've never met anyone more suited for that diagnosis.
    These career politicians get so used to getting paid for doing nothing that serves the citizenry and that affords them a great life without answering for their failing to perform the duties of their jobs. And yet America is filled with people to lazy to study these candidates and their backgrounds and vote on truth instead of voting based rhetoric they hear from people onn Hate Radio. I doubt Gingrich's own mother would vote for him based on employment and success record. His own sister refuses to vote for him because she is gay and he looks down on her.

    February 18, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. JimAR

    It's time for the angry, fat, old, rich, adulterous lobbyist to leave the stage.

    February 18, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  24. dan5404

    It is not broadcast stations' obligation or right to determine right or wrong or to pull political advertising. I despise false claims, half truths and unfounded rhetoric, but policing is a battle for politicians and lawyers.

    February 18, 2012 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  25. Harry's Watching

    The stations would never pull them. Political ads have very few restrictions to them and you can say and do just about anything. If Newt could legally bring action against them, he would have done so a long time ago. Hot air is all he's spewing, all he can do is lie himself to even the playing field. Those that haven't read our laws on candidate or PAC rules should. Guaranteed rates, guaranteed air or print time and legal protection on just about anything a candidate chooses to say lie or not. No fan of Newt, but what he's fighting is a problem that needs be solved.

    February 18, 2012 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
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