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. The Unsub

    Ole Pootin Newton can't take the heat!

    February 18, 2012 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  2. twalk

    Poor NEWT never grew out of his terrible 2's. Poor baby.

    February 18, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  3. ourjungle

    Newt, did you escape from your Faith Dream Team? I thought they were going to give you advise on public seem to jump at every opportunity to make a demand. You demanded that Florida change their winner take all process ( you took legal action), you demanded that the other GOP candidates subscribe to your campaign debate schedule (your public hissy fit was the demand),and now you demand only political ads that you approve of be really are making your Faith Dream Team look like a bunch of useless props (props for your benefit).

    February 18, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  4. M.K.

    The dummies in Georgia would support the 'Grinch" if he confessed to be a member of the Communist pary and a direct descendent of Attila the Hun. They are the ones that hoisted this monster on the American people to begin with.

    February 18, 2012 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  5. eric_z

    When it comes to the debates Santorum has been mediocre at best. I just do not see him doing well against Obama if he is the nominee. Gingrich is the best choice to beat Obama.

    February 18, 2012 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  6. chuck weidemann

    All these republican candidates deserve eachother...plain and simple turn out the lights and listen to them would not be able to tell who was who!!! All self respecting repubs are staying away from voting for or endorsing these clowns!!! The silent majority has spoken.

    February 18, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  7. Anonymous

    What an idiot! pull up your big boy britches & suck it up! WE are the ones who have to suffer through listening to all the slimy attack ads! Unfortunately, it's the nature of the beast.

    February 18, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  8. Anonymous

    How did the gop let Newt even run? It makes the whole party look bad. Right now thay need someone with a clean record. After Bush thay need no ehtices issues. Not that Mitt and Rick look alot cleaner. Time to take a good look at Ron Paul. He is the only one up there that has a good record.

    February 18, 2012 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  9. Kurt

    Image a lying cheating life long career politician, claiming foul. Get a life Grinch, nobody wants a lying cheating bum like you for president.

    February 18, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  10. Bye Bye Teabaggers

    cry baby cry, make yo mama sigh...

    February 18, 2012 04:19 am at 4:19 am |
  11. windrider2

    As far as I know, political campaign ads don't have to be true or even factual. Otherwise, there's be no political ads on TV or radio or internet or anywhere else. Oh wouldn't that be loverly?

    February 18, 2012 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  12. A. Crackpot

    Newty is still in the race?

    February 18, 2012 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  13. parrish fan

    "Fundamentally" not true! Hahahaha He is at least good for a daily laugh or is it a laugh a minute.

    February 18, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  14. mike

    Newt give it up. We dont want you to be P.O.T.U.S. Just go away.

    February 18, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  15. Jay

    I am intrigued how he always says "FUNDEMENTALLY" untrue. He can't just say UNTRUE they have to be FUNDEMENTALLY untrue! By using Fundementally he is trying to split a hair by cleaning up the version of the story to suit his own purposes! Can't imagine someone in the White House who would do something and then justify by saying "fundementally we were trying to do this but in reality this happened" but "fundementally" we meant to do the right thing!

    February 18, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  16. Anonymous

    Last month Newt and daughter outright lied about his first wife's divorce; so now he squeals like a stuck pig over the exaggerations of others. Not unique and quite typical of this bomb thrower. Newt knows the TV station is not going to turn down ad money SO these threats are "whistling dixie" and Georgia is a good State to whistle in. Newt's call for the other side to "don't do as I do- do as I say" is naturally not working SO Newt tries another form of FREE denial advertising..

    February 18, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. jt_flyer

    Does anyone really think Newt believes birth control is wrong? How about Viagra? Another republican hypocrite. "Do what I say not what I do."

    February 18, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  18. bobby

    Why would the gOPEC be against clean energy and energy independence.. Unless they all represent OPEC and foreign interests..

    February 18, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. mikey_t

    What a whiny little be-ach. I still remember his answer about abortion and if it was his daughter who was pregnant the last time he ran... "That would be her decision." If he doesn't even understand that the ban on abortion he suppports means his own daughter WOULDN'T have a choice, how's he gonna fix unemployment? The national debt? The pot hole at the end of my driveway?

    February 18, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  20. Frudd

    If it's a lie then why isn't the ad being run on Fox News? They make their living spewing falsehoods, seems to me they'd be right on top of this one.

    February 18, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. Greg693

    Fun to see that newt can't take the same kind of crap he is so good at dispensing.

    February 18, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  22. Larry in Houston

    You can tell that's the way the newter talks – his 2 main words everytime he speaks are – "Fundamentally" & "Profoundly" WoW !!

    @Anonymous – Thanks for Your Post ! I agree !

    February 18, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. rika33

    Poor Newt – it must come as a shock to him that people follow his advice to run nasty campaigns telling the "truth" in the worst possible language against him. And Newt's a target rich environment

    February 18, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. s

    FAT WEASEL go home with Barbie

    February 18, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. tomasina

    Why do people think it is OK, even clever, to falsely malign a candidate ? In this case, the media clearly knows better but thinks this is funny...... and they don't mind the big money they are being paid for the ad either. On day, they will answer to their creator for this evil.

    February 18, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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