Gingrich banks on Georgia, looks for gas in the tank
February 28th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich banks on Georgia, looks for gas in the tank

Dalton, Georgia (CNN) – With Super Tuesday only a week away, White House hopeful Newt Gingrich has turned his $2.50 a gallon-of-gas policy pitch into a fundraising plea.

"Just tell all your friends we're setting it up so you can go online at and you can give one Newt-gallon which is $2.50, or you can give 10 Newt gallons which is $25, or 100 Newt gallons which is $250 or a thousand Newt gallons which is $2500," Gingrich said to the 500-strong crowd in Dalton.

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The former Georgia congressman and House speaker is campaigning heavily this week for his home state's 76 delegates, all of which would go to him if he gets more than 50% of the vote on March 6.

He said he "deliberately focused" on Georgia and other Super Tuesday states, rather than compete in primary contests held today in Arizona and Michigan, where his Republican presidential opponents Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul have been aggressively campaigning.

"[W]e thought it would be important to focus here and to focus in Tennessee and in Oklahoma, in Idaho, and Ohio and the states that are going to be on Super Tuesday," Gingrich said. "Winning next Tuesday moves us towards Tampa in a big way. Georgia is the biggest group of delegates up on Super Tuesday, so this is a big deal, and it really, really matters."

Gingrich has invested very little in advertising in recent weeks suggesting the campaign is lacking the funds for expensive television advertising.

"We're going to have some buckets out back – actually gasoline pails that we've cut open to collect money. So if any of you want to help us collect this message, we'd love to have your help cause every penny's going to go right back into advertising this week to help win the primary," he said.

He is getting help from the super PAC Winning our Future, which is currently airing pro-Gingrich ads in Super Tuesday states. The Gingrich campaign did buy airtime for a 30-minute speech on gas prices and an "American energy policy" that was scheduled to run one time in Spokane, Washington; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nashville, Tennessee; and Macon, Georgia. On Tuesday, Team Gingrich announced they will air additional addresses in Ohio between March 1 and March 5.

In the meantime, Gingrich is trying to get out his message of returning to $2.50 a gallon of gasoline through volunteers and social media. He urges supporters to mention it on Facebook and Twitter. When he has suggested that people create a conversation on Twitter, twice he mistakenly referred to a hash tag as a "hash mark."

He told the Dalton audience, "If you're willing to volunteer, we'll have material I think by tomorrow that you can hand out at a gas station. And I think any of you who are willing to either hold up signs that say gas at – 'Newt = $2.50 a gallon' – along the road, or people who are willing to go to some gas stations to just pass out the material. It really will help focus this issue."

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Fundraising • Georgia • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I did not know that crap came in gallons.

    February 28, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. Jake

    Newt Gingrich is still in the race!?!?!?

    February 28, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Ed Peters

    You go for it Newt: $2.50 gas sounds like a winner to me. Who cares if you've had three wives and still profess to be a family man (the more families the merrier).. And the better you do, the more material for late night TV..

    February 28, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Jr

    ya I dont think so.. the people have seen your baggage, both personally and politically and know you are unelectable.. They are starting to see this on Santorum now too.. Guess we will see what happens..

    February 28, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. koolman

    Newt is a lying slime machine! You would have to be a complete fool to believe a word that he says.

    February 28, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Scott in Atlanta

    First off, "$2.50" per gallon is nothing to write home about. Secondly, Newt is just plain desparate. How could he think that the public is so dumb as to believe this claim? (Especially after hearing blathering panderers use it for every election since automobiles were invented.)

    If he could do it, why wait to get elected to propose it? If you have the solution Newt, and you care about the American people like you claim to, then why not let your secret-magic-wand-pixie-dust-silver-instant-bullet-thingy become known to the masses?

    February 28, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    We cannot turn our country back to the republicans who have done so much damage to the US. Vote for democrats.

    February 28, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Namejkane fl

    Hay,you clown , call up that crook in navada and ask that slim ball for money. None here for the moon colony, sorry not really!!!!

    February 28, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. B

    Gingrich is an absolute embarrassment to himself and the country.

    If it where not for his ONE billionaire backer, you would not even hear his name mentioned again!

    He is a has-been hack from the past, spewing hate and discontent because that is all that he has left..


    February 28, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. skarphace

    I keep looking at all these big SUVs and trucks on the road with a single passenger and I think to myself, "What could be done to get these jerks to buy smaller, more fuel efficient cars, or even better, hybrids?"

    The answer: higher gas prices. High gas prices are not the problem, they are the solution.

    February 28, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. GI Joe.

    Save your money for gasoline. That Vegas Billionnair has given Newt more money than he will ever need. WHAT A BOOK TOUR!

    February 28, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. skarphace

    Bachmann promised $2/gal. gas and look what happened to her campaign.

    Bye-bye Newt. Good luck with your privatge career as a lobbyist.

    February 28, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Gamgra

    I'm happy to say from the things I've seen Newt do, especially as speaker. He got things done regardless of what people thought of him then or what they think of him now... It's sad to see all of the negativity focused on him when it should be focused on other things that I will not mention (you can decide what that is). 2.50 gas is a job I 100% believe Newt can accomplish.

    February 28, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Charles

    He should parade his signs at the big oil companies instead of placing blame on the President.

    February 28, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. skarphace

    Gamgra: of course Newt can accomplish $2.50/gal. gas. The question is to what lengths he would have to go through to do so. The hard way: increase domestic drilling. This would probably not reduce prices because the price of oil is set globally, not locally. The easiest way: increase subsidies to big oil. The subsidies are what are keeping us from Europe prices, afterall.

    However, this would increase spending. All fiscal conservatives should be weary of rhetoric like "I can reduce gas prices". The means may not justify the ends.

    In addition, how long could gas prices be kept low? Any solution you choose would almost definitely be short-term. In the end, we would have more harm to the environment, higher subsidies to big oil, and still have high gas prices.

    February 28, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. rs

    The only way to squeeze gas down to $2.50 would be to nationalize the industry and take the gross profits, gross federal subsidies and market volitility out of it the pricing of oil-and that may not be enoughto make it immune to the politics of where it comes from. Gingrich knows this, so either he is once again re-defining conservatism, or lying in his teeth. Either way, take his cheap gas promise for what it is: beans!

    February 28, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    People are so dumb ... the price of gas is determined by the WORLD market; the POTUS has no control. The US produces 2% of the oil, and consumes 20% ... we're not part of OPEC ... the Keystone pipeline would transport gas to be sold on the world market and would therefore not affect US gas prices ...

    Gingrich knows all of this, but is hoping you're so dumb you don't – and dumb enough to vote for him.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 28, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Diana

    Newt, Americans do not want an adulterer for President of the United States of America.
    Nor do they want as adulteress as First Lady.

    February 28, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    sad to say that there are some in our nation dumb enough to believe this. So if Newt were elected president his first day in office he would LOWER all gas prices to $2.50 a gallon? Give me a break I wasn't born yesterday....I'm sure if any president could control gas prices they would rarely if EVER go up especially in an election year. Wake up folks.

    February 28, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. V in Chicago

    @Gamgra – you drank the koolaid, didn't you? Newt nor any other politician can guarantee gas at $2.50 a gallon. The prices are set by the demand and production. Unless Newt owns an oil field and he plans on providing the gas himself, or he can settle all issues currently going on in the Middle East that have affected the prices, or, he can tell China and India to stop increasing their usage, then he S.O.L. I actually thought Newt was smart (even though I knew he was evil), until I heard this one. Now I rank him right down there with Bachmann and Palin. Just another lier who will say anything to get a vote. Maybe you can join him in his Moon Colony. With you, Newt and his wife, you would only need 12,997 more and you could become a State. Maybe on the moon you can find gas for $2.50 a gallon. . .

    As for what was accomplished while Newt was Speaker – you forget it was an entire Congress and Senate that were involved. Newt did not single-handedly get things done. And, when his colleagues found out how he was getting them done, he was tossed out. Ok – asked to leave. Either way, the man is not what he wants people to believe he is. Our memories are longer than he would like.

    February 28, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  21. Jamie from Riverside

    I think Newt's car will run out of gas long before he can find a gas station that still sells gasoline for 2.50 a gallon.

    February 28, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  22. JustAO

    But 50% of GOP voters likely to turn out in the Michigan primary think the bailout was a bad idea. Only 42% of those likely to vote think the auto bailout was a good idea, so bailout politics could be a wash for Republicans in Michigan Tuesday.

    Here's how idiotic GOP voters are. When evidence is in front of them showing bailout has fully recovered the American auto industry as THE WORLDS STRONGEST AUTO INDUSTRY, they still think it's a bad idea. Can we get rid of GOP lawmakers if this is the type of constituency that votes them into congress?

    February 28, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |