Romney takes dig at Gingrich on Southern swing
March 4th, 2012
07:20 PM ET
8 years ago

Romney takes dig at Gingrich on Southern swing

Knoxville, Tennessee (CNN) - Mitt Romney took a veiled dig at Newt Gingrich Sunday during a quick trip into his enemy's territory.

Romney was making a one-day campaign swing through the Southern states of Georgia and Tennessee - Super Tuesday voting states where his Republican rivals led in recent polls.

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Speaking to an audience of 2,000 people in an Atlanta suburb, the former Massachusetts governor obliquely criticized his rival's pledge to bring gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon.

"I’m not gonna come here and pander to you and say here’s what your gasoline price will be if I do all those things," Romney told the audience.

Both his and Gingrich's energy plans propose easing regulations on energy production, expanding domestic drilling and approving the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada.

Gingrich has pointed to his gas-price pledge as an issue that differentiates himself from his opponents.

The former House speaker is focusing much of his energy in the state he represented in Congress, staking his presidential hopes on a win there to inject energy into his flagging campaign.

A Romney senior strategist said the former governor's campaign did not expect to win both Tennessee and Georgia, but said Romney was looking to pick up delegates awarded proportionally in certain districts in those states.

"More important than winning this state or that state is achieving the requisite number of delegates you need to obtain the nomination," said Eric Fehrnstrom. "That's what our focus is on."

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Filed under: 2012 • Georgia • Mitt Romney
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    Don't want to pander? That is every word of your stump. You never tell us what you are going to do, because you don't even know. No thanks blowhard Robmey.

    March 4, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  2. judy

    newt is a nut and mitt may want the keystone pipe line but it would take many years befor it was even up and running. So that would not help. we are doing more domestic drilling now than ever befor lets see if they git rid of the subsities like the president called for.

    March 4, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Jeez-o-pete, I've seen rappers with less bling than that bar of gold strapped to Ann's wrist! You'd think the handlers would understand how to present Mr. and Mrs. 1% to the voters that didn't involve rubbing voters' faces in Rmoney's ill-gotten wealth. It's almost like they're advertising "yes, we're psychopathic money-hungry predators, we care nothing about you and have nothing in common with you. We're also not that black guy you hate, so vote accordingly."

    March 4, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney is a lying flip flopping money laundering tax evader and corporate destroyer who is bank rolled by the Kochs and Rove. Yep, he is the best the GOPers have to offer.

    March 4, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  5. Larry L

    The Clown Car will make a lot of stops in Georgia. You've got fat-cats who just want the money associated with owning a flexible, dancing monkey with magic underwear like Romney. The Teavangelicals want a crazy like Santorum who believes contraception is evil and the Earth is less than 6000 years old. Those only play the game to beat the Democrats and don't really care about personal honor or family values will support Gingrich. Those who aren't smart enough to realize simplistic solutions don't solve complex problems will buy Paul's ridiculous anarchist plan. The moderates and rational people will wait and vote for President Obama.

    March 4, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. DENNA

    Just keep on cranking out those negative comments. No matter which GOPer manages to bamboozle his way to the top, the Democrats won't even have to make new commercials. They can just play the old GOP ads with clever voice-overs. If all of you are so bad, then why should we vote for any one of you?

    March 4, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. KC Yankee

    Love the picture! Mrs. Mittens says, "Ugh what is this Southern slop?"

    Go GOP!

    March 4, 2012 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The idea that Gingrich can reduce gas prices to $2.50 is just laughable. He thinks that by getting more oil drilled is going to reduce the price just shows that he doesn't understand the market. Part of the reason the price is from speculators and the growing conflict with Iran.

    March 4, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. TellinZTruth

    WHO AM I? I am caple of seeing both sides of any issue and supporting both in the same day. I can speak fluently out of both sides of my mouth. I have more money in the Caymans Islands than I reports to Big overnment...and I have this illogical illusion that I am smart enough than Barack H. Obama. I am the only one to beat him...I think I am the only one to beat him...I might be the only one...I, think perhaps I can beat him...I want this sooo bad! What do you want me to do? No peeping behind the curtains.
    Who amI?

    March 4, 2012 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. NDblue

    Mitts so boring that people don't want to take time to even comment on him.

    March 4, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  11. Thomas

    They will do and say anything !

    March 5, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  12. timz

    "Gingrich has pointed to his gas-price pledge as an issue that differentiates himself from his opponents."

    Yes, indeed it does. Now that Newt's laid claim to the title "Dumbest" we can move on to deciding how Romney and Santorum share out "Dumb" and "Dumber".

    March 5, 2012 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Mr. Romney has the GOP in his front and back pocket…… example: Rush Limbaugh works for “Clear Channel” whose Parent Company is “Bain Capitol & Thomas H. Lee Partners” ……… Good Ole Boys Club!!! Clearly Mr. Romney is buying the Primaries, looks like every State/Local GOP Election Official is on his Payroll. Poor Mr. Santorum he has no chance.

    I am a proud independent American voter who will not Vote for some-one with “O” Ethics and acts like a “fish out of water” Flip Flop, Flip Flop….. Enough said.

    March 5, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  14. Shelby

    Poor pathetic gingrich. Pandering and making promises he wouldn't have been able to keep. No way will gingrich become the nominee–there just aren't enough gullible voters to fall for this immoral man's lies and promises.

    March 5, 2012 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  15. Marie MD

    The flip flopper took a dig at the newterman? What did he have to use a backhoe?

    March 5, 2012 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  16. Wendy

    Funny mitt now talking more over at his comfort zone at fox noise than to reporters on the campaign trail. who knew sarah palin started such a fierce gop trend or tactic

    March 5, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  17. Wendy

    Mitt criticizes president obama for not talking enough to the people. but mitt its you who runs away from reporters. you always comment from behind like when you finally mumbled out something about rush linbaugh

    March 5, 2012 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  18. diridi

    This dude is so nonsense to the nation. Shipped jobs, Flip-Flopper. Stashed Money in Cayman Island, and Bermuda, Bankrupted KB toys, youtube, see when mitt romney came to town...enjoy.

    March 5, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |