Super PAC backing Gingrich assails Romney in ads
February 28th, 2012
09:02 AM ET
11 years ago

Super PAC backing Gingrich assails Romney in ads

(CNN) – Flush with cash after another 'sizable' donation from Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, the super PAC supporting presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is going up with ads ripping rival Mitt Romney in seven states ahead of Super Tuesday.

The group, Winning our Future, will run ads beginning Tuesday in Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio and Oklahoma. Those four states vote March 6, Super Tuesday. Starting Wednesday the organization will run ads in Kansas, which votes March 10, and Alabama and Mississippi, which vote March 13. The group thinks the ads will stay up through each of the states' primaries, but would not discuss the amount of money spent on the buy.

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Three different spots from Winning our Future mock Romney as out of touch with average voters, as well as prone to changing his positions for political gain. One thirty-second ad, called "It's time to choose Newt," features a female voter questioning Romney's consistency, saying, "I can't figure out what he stands for. It changes."

A second voter simple says, "I just don't relate to Romney."

A third is perhaps the most clear: "We're looking at $5 or $6 gas. Romney's not one to pump his own gas."

A 60 second version of the spot pairs the anti-Romney voters with Gingrich supporters, who laud the former House speaker for his energy plan and record in Washington.

"Not everyone in Washington likes Newt," one voter says. "Maybe that's a good thing."

Another asserts: "He's a great visionary. He'd really put Obama to shame."

A third ad from Winning our Future shows a cartoon version of Romney in a waiting room, looking anxious as he watches a news report on television.

"After five years of running for president, Mitt Romney is queued up to be the GOP establishment's next guy in line," an announcer says. "However conservatives are fed up with the establishment picking the candidate for us."

The report continues, "With the nation at risk, we need a true conservative leader who acts on principle."

Romney, who is holding a numbered ticket as the candidate "next in line," gets more nervous as the report goes on. Finally, the announcer declares, "As America rises up and speaks, Romney's plans go out the window."

The ad ends with Romney's ticket symbolically blowing away in the wind.

Radio spots released Tuesday also hit Romney while building up Gingrich. The ads mock talk radio shows, with callers venting about Romney and fellow candidate Rick Santorum.

Asked his choice for president, a caller named Joey says: "It ain't nobody named Mitt, that's for sure. Something about him. He's not one of us. He's not tough enough. And Rick, he's not my guy either. What's he ever done?"

Responding to Winning our Future's ads, Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said the spots revealed Gingrich's desperation.

"When typical Washington politicians like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich get desperate, they resort to false and dishonest attack ads like these," Williams said. "Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will do and say anything to distract from their long careers in Congress and their support for business as usual in Washington. Governor Romney is a conservative businessman who is running to cut spending, limit government and turn around our struggling economy."

Sheldon Adelson's contribution last week to Winning Our Future was "on par" with his and his wife's previous contributions of $5 million each, a source familiar with the contribution confirmed to CNN. The source refused to give a specific amount. A spokesman for Adelson has not commented on the donor's new contribution.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Namejkane fl

    Go back to the moon colony, I'm sure the alliens will send you over the top in Nov.

    February 28, 2012 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  2. unhanon

    "...conservatives are fed up with the establishment picking the candidate for us."
    Wow. Former Speaker of the House is trying to position himself as a Washington outsider.

    February 28, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. gt

    i thought newt quit......just wishing...but thats is what he fundamently needs to do...go away..

    February 28, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |

    So Newt's a great visionary because he wants to build a colony on the moon. I think he called Ms. Cleo one too many times.

    February 28, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I thought Newt wasn't supposed to use the millions in superPAC money to attack Mitt Romney. Oh, Oh, that's right. Newt doesn't have anything to do with that superPAC and cannot control what they do. That's right. My bad. Sorry Newt.

    February 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Emmy Skaddittle

    Is newton still in the race?

    February 28, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. MNTaxpayer

    "Not everyone in Washington likes Newt," one voter says. "Maybe that's a good thing."

    As far as I can see, no one in Washngton likes Newt. Especailly anyone he's worked with in the past.

    "He's a great visionary. He'd really put Obama to shame." That's partially true, he's a visionary in that he sees a vision of his own importance and intelligence that no one else can see.

    If his billioniare sugar daddy hadn't showed up, he'd be back writing books that no one reads. Can you imagine the outrrage and indignation he would be feigning if one othe other candidates was essentially being financed by a single billionaire?

    February 28, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Larry L

    You're really rich when you can throw money away on Gingrich. One line in the ad says "Not everyone in Washington likes Newt". Funny, you'd think everybody would like a politician/lobbyist who was going after Clinton while he was having an affair himself – while his wife fought cancer. Oh I forget... he found Jesus and how he's forgiven. I heard he found him in an expensive jewelry store...

    February 28, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Debby

    Forget it Gingrich Romney's been vetted over and over.

    February 28, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Stop the Charade

    Newt, what did you have to promise Alserson in return for the $10 million? Voters should know exactly what the candiidates have sold out for in order to vote intelligently.

    February 28, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For an extreme ring wing secular Bircher and radical McCarthyist, Newton cannot see the writing on the wall. His campaign is done. Better luck in 2016, or not.

    February 28, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  12. Russ

    Newt who? Is he still in the race. hahahaha........Newt you're history, again, give it up.

    February 28, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder how much more mud is going to be slung. I wonder why Gingrich isn't going after Santorum as well... I mean the super PAC. If the Supreme Court had understood the corrupting power money has, this wouldn't be a problem.

    February 28, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. Nate

    Just saw that ad and, if Romney wasn't such a phony, one could almost feel sorry for him. No substance in any of the GOP contenders this time.

    February 28, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This looks like a good place for an Obama bumper sticker.
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.
    There. That's better.

    February 28, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. John Smith

    Isn't it ironic that an ad portraying Romney as "out of touch" with voters gets funded by an evil billionaire? Voters have to be really ignorant to believe in any of the crap coming out of Gingrich.

    February 28, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. steven harnack

    When Romney talks about people being jealous of his wealth he's really talking about how he feels about people like Adelson. Here's a guy SO rich that he has his own personal presidential candidate. If Gingrich were to ever gain any power he would now be trademarked. During every introduction they would have to add, "Bought to you by Adelson Enterprises"

    February 28, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. JM Johnson

    You guys are all democrats. You can't see the forest for the trees. It is so sad for you.

    February 28, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. JM Johnson

    All of you democrates are afraid os NEWT. Be honest with yourselves! He would debate Obama right up out the White House and u know. Most of you don;t even know Newt' policies.

    February 28, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. Amber

    Why Romney? I mean, Santorum's the guy to beat, right? Come on, everyone, vote for Gingrich! Dilute the neocon vote!

    February 28, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |