March 5th, 2012
09:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich: Romney can't 'close the deal'

(CNN) – Presidential contender Newt Gingrich took harsh aim at rival Mitt Romney Monday, suggesting the former Massachusetts governor couldn't rally Republican support because he was being dishonest with voters.

"He can't close the deal. And he can't close the deal in part because people inherently don't trust what he's saying and think that he isn't always very candid with them. And sometimes frankly isn't straight," Gingrich said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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The former House speaker said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who endorsed Romney Sunday, was another Washington insider falling in line for the GOP establishment pick.

"We would all like to have endorsements. But the fact is Romney is the Washington establishment candidate," Gingrich said. "It's true. If you look at where his money comes from, where most of the lobbyists lined up. So I think he goes around the country and he's legitimately collected most of the insiders. I like Eric Cantor, but he is sort of quintessentially part of the same group."

Romney's success thus far has been bolstered by his robust fundraising, Gingrich said, but he predicted an eventual drying up of campaign cash.

"I think the challenge is that Gov. Romney has had a huge amount of money, most from Wall Street and a great deal from companies that were bailed out by the taxpayer," Gingrich said. "But he has used that money very effectively first against me and then against Santorum. But he can't close the deal."

He continued, "It's not at all clear to me right now that Romney can get above a certain ceiling," he said. "And the question is whether or not ultimately his money starts to run out. It's very clear in any kind of relatively evenly-financed campaign Romney would not win."

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soundoff (136 Responses)
  1. Lee

    Mitt is ahead in the latest Ohio poll, tied in Tennessee with Santorum and looking to do well in Oklahoma with Coburn’s endorsement. Newt is the one who can't close the deal. Only South Carolina and maybe his home state of Georgia- his campaign is dead in the water. So much for a southern strategy Newt. Time to quit, but we know your ego won't allow that to happen.

    March 5, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "We would all like to have endorsements. But the fact is Romney is the Washington establishment candidate," Gingrich said.
    I wonder if Newt Gingrich realizes that he makes a point that has a significant dark side to it. Mitt Romney really is an establishment candidate because Mitt Romney is an old school, traditional Republican, which is now quickly becoming an endangered species within the Republican Party overrun by radical RINOs.

    Romeny cannot "close the deal" because he does a poor job of passing himself off as a radical RINO.

    March 5, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. DaveSEMass

    Heh, heh. Newt would never attack a GOP rival the way Mitt has been doing. In fact, Newt is a towering example of the current state of GOP morality. The GOP has four rotten choices that make McCain look great by comparison. No wonder turn-out in Washington State was only 1.33 percent of registered voters. How could any Thinking Republican (no snickering, Democrats – there are some) vote to nominate any of these four? McCain must be turning over in his grave... well ... he will be in 2016 when this same mess happens again.

    March 5, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |

    Newt is absolutely correct for once. Willard can't close the deal because he's not REAL. He's as phony as monopoly money.

    March 5, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    Mitt is the choice of the GOP establishment. Rick is the choice of the evangelists. Ron is the choice of TP's (after Sarah). And you, Newt, are the choice of no one.

    March 5, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Mewt Ring

    Newt is Right – he is always played a open / honest life even with his family. Better listen to this person, or else, we might miss the chance to relocated to the moon – He is having all big ideas, including Galileo discovering the Gravity as he explained in his Tree story. If he wins, we certainly need to relocate somewhere.

    March 5, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Jack in Florida

    Neither can Newt close the deal................Romney has a much better chance than Newt!!

    March 5, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Newt is right and I hate to admit it-Romney is a switch hitter with tons of money that appeals to no one. I think the Republicans put up their poorest candidate because they know they are going to lose, and are saving the big hitters for the next Presidential election.

    March 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Alvin

    I used to like Newt, but he seems a little crazier with each passing day. It's as though he thinks that if he says something outlandish long enough that it will become true. It is also stunning that Newt questions Romney's integrity... think about that for a minute - Newt Gingrich lecturing on someone elses integrity: Now that's crazy.

    March 5, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Rsprings

    He can't close the deal because of having 4 candidates two of whom will NOT get the nomination splitting the vote. They are Gingrich and Paul. As for Santorum, his policy positions will kill him in a two man race. Gingric and Paul ought to drop out and repair the damage hey have done.

    March 5, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Mikey

    @Rudy – "Republican Party overrun by radical RINOs"

    You may be on to something here. The radicals are positioning themselves as "Real Republicans" and labeling the moderates as RINOs. Perhaps the "Real Republicans" are Eisenhower, Rockerfeller, Ford, Kemp, Dole, and the like. These right wing reactionaries who labeled themselves "teabaggers" (changed to "Tea Party Members" for some strange reason) are on the fringes of American politics.

    It is strange that the farthest right wing radicals in a conservative nation on a global scale, would consider themselves to be mainstream, even labeling our reasonably conservative, corporate owned media as the "Lame Stream Media", not because the media is really left-of-center, but because these radicals are so far in the far right gutter that the middle of the road looks very left to them. If the GOP does not take control from the radicals, their party may have a future as a bit player in American politics.

    March 5, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Bob

    "And sometimes frankly isn't straight," Gingrich said

    What exactly are you trying to insunuate, Gingrich....

    March 5, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Jeetu

    So, have we come to a stage in America where democracy can be bought? Is that the implication of Newt's comments? If this so, it is really sad as then, we neither have democracy nor equality and hence have lost the American spirit and American values. I hope Newt is wrong though I would like to see some order restored to camapaign financing and curbing of the PACs as they distort the picture. In addition, I would like to see less of polls as they are too much data for people to absorb and still make sensible decisions.

    March 5, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    Newt is right. And the so-called "GOP establishment" simply refers to the intellectually and morally bankrupt priesthood for the GOBP deathcult. One things voters from both parties are correct about is that the GOBP mythology has been proven to have no connection with reality. They all need to go until they come up with some viable plans. Tax cuts that increase the deficit are NOT viable plans, yet the GOBP deathcult ignores the three quarters of Americans, including half its own rank and file voters, who want a millionaire tax.

    March 5, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. GI Joe.

    ,,,,,,,,,,, Kinda like Newt not closing the "deal for an open marriage? ......................

    Just sayng

    March 5, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Right wingnuts are asking if we are better off than in January 2009. The stock market was hovering around 7000 then and now is almost at 13000, bin Laden is dead, in 2008 my Florida home was worth less than 30% of what I paid in 2005, and is now up to 60% of the original price, we lost 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years and now have had 3.7 million jobs created under our president in three years, we are out of Iraq, millions more now have health insurance. All this is without any help from republicans.

    March 5, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    No republican can close the deal this time around, Dem landslide coming in Nov, thanks teapublican clowns.

    March 5, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  18. W.G.

    Gingrich , the Rush Limbaugh of the Republican cadidates .

    March 5, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt will bend over and touch his ankles for foreign oil since he stupidly thinks they will give him $2.50 a gallon gasoline. He never heard that speculators play a role in controlling the cost of oil.

    March 5, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Sorensen

    Of course Romney can close the deal. The GOP deal. Mickey Mouse could also.
    And then he will be going down in flames.

    March 5, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. W.G.

    Gingrich , the Rush Limbaugh of the Republican cadidates . The way this guy mistreats wives it´s a wonder
    why women have´nt tarred and feathered him

    March 5, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. parkmore

    Newt, you need to take vacation. Your brain start to melt and you do not know what you talking about it.

    March 5, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt is the choice behind curtain number 3. But, the party will run Mittens/Marco as the anchor babies for the wealthy.

    March 5, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Ferret out the BS

    Galileo is the real conservative and I'm all for sending Newt to the moon and beyond. Can we, can we, can we please send Newt to the moon? I'd even propose sending his other buddies with him; Ricky, Mitty, and Ronnie.

    March 5, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Did Fox foreign owned media with a hint of Saudi, give truth and weird the day off?

    March 5, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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