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. GI Joe.

    Do away with wall street speculation on oil and the prices will come down. BAN OIL SPECULATION.

    March 5, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Roger

    Perhaps a big defeat in November will wake up the Republican party to end all this nonsense, get back on course and find candidates worthy of voting for. None of these current four are qualified to lead a scout troop much less the United States. President Obama has done an outstanding job under the worst of circumstances and he should be allowed to get the country back on track by re-electing him. Perhaps by 2016, the Republicans will have gotten their act together but right now absolutely not!

    March 5, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. mr magic, golden underwear man.

    i feel so sorry for the state of the gop right now. they have a choice between which turd stinks the least. god bless america.

    March 5, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. judy

    mitt can't close the deal. Thats true ,but you can't close your mouth. Each time you open it you lie so whats the difference. All the repo candidates suck. I have never seen such a sorry selection, Mitt will get the nod. Sorry state when if you have enough money you can by a presidency. Or at least the nomination. The only people that will vote for any of them are the same nut jobs that listen to rush. Thats really a scary thought.

    March 5, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. David in FL

    Newt should close the deal with his mouth, my goodness what a fundamentally inherent blowhard

    March 5, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Aztec Phil

    This is an Interesting example of the type of twisted logic underlying Newt's basic hypocritical tendencies. Romney is well ahead of Newt in the primaries and polls and is consequently in a much better position to close any deal than Newt is.

    March 5, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Bubba

    None of these clowns can 'close the deal.' The deal has already gone down. Obama 2012.

    March 5, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. newmoon2

    Pot, meet kettle! The only time one can be sure Newt is not lying is when he's NOT talking! Now, he may be correct in his observation, but as much as Mitt is struggling to close the deal, Newt hasn't even managed to get a seat at the table! Newt's big book tour is over... time to pull the plug.

    March 5, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. JiminNM

    As Dr. Paul says, all the other GOP candidates are fake conservatives. Paul's supporters will not vote for one of the other candidates, even if it means Obama wins, if you can call it wins, the election. A significant portion of Americans have discovered the extent of the fraud implemented by the U.S. Corporation, understand that the United States is a corporation and not a country, understand that U.S. citizenship is a fraudulent construct to enslave Americans, and will no longer vote for supporters of that fraud.

    March 5, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Woman In California

    Newt FINALLy told the truth. Willard better enjoy his 15 mins. of fame because it will be ALL over in November.

    March 5, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Holly

    Don't care for any of those republican clowns but Newt is 100% right on three points (1) Mitt is not an insider only because he lost to Ted Kennedy, (2) Mitt would buy the White House if he could and (3) Mitt really just can't close the deal.

    March 5, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. KC Yankee

    Gingrich is right in that Romney isn't worth a warm bucket of spit; but that doesn't change the fact that Gingrich isn't either AND Gingrich is finished. He's just sadly going through the bitter motions of the final stages of his political career. He had his chance, went mad with power–as most of them do–and now he's in his tawdry twilight deluding himself that he's still a force to be reckoned with.

    March 5, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Holly

    Don't care for any of those republican clowns but Newt is 100% right on three points: (1) the only reason Mitt was never an insider is because he lost to Ted Kennedy, (2) Mitt would buy the White House if he could and (3) after 5 years he still can't close the deal with his own party.

    March 5, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Jan

    Can't Mitt's wife do something about closing the deal for her husband? That cosy couch at Fox and Friends is waiting any time she wants to whining in her and Mitt's comfort zone.

    March 5, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. kat

    All the GOP candidates need to stop bashing each other and go after the real problem, BHO. They need to put country before their pride.

    March 5, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    GI Joe wrote:

    Do away with wall street speculation on oil and the prices will come down. BAN OIL SPECULATION.
    I agree with you intent, but we cannot enact an outright ban on process of selling to the highest bidder. The problem isn't the actual speculation itself, but it who is doing the speculation. People are bidding on futures of commodities for which they have no intention of ever actually purchasing and taking delivery. That is the problem.

    What we need os a requirement that if you are going to actually bid on commodities, then you should must be a commodities buyer. In other words, if you bid on wheat, corn, or pork bellies, then you should have to actually purchase and take delivery on at least some percentage of what you are purchasing in the futures markets. People bidding on commodities creates an artificial demand, which drives up the price of said commodity.

    March 5, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Tom

    Memo to Mrs. Willard: Time for you to sit in for Mitt and close that deal for him.

    March 5, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. DKM

    The GOP has lost all credibility in the eyes of the majority of common sense, modern day voters...they've chosen to go down a path that will lead them to the destruction of the Republican Party as an reasonable alternative choice for the American voter but instead just a mouth piece for religious extremists in's time for a 3rd Party.

    March 5, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Jim Bob

    I absolutely love this GOP primary. They're all slinging so much mud at each other, Obama will have a hard time deciding which of it to heap on Romney, after he wins the nomination! And as far as Gingrich, oh please. He could win Georgia as big as he wants – he's toast, and he's the only one that doesn't yet realize it. His ego is almost as big as his belly!

    March 5, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. Tucker73

    On his way back under his bridge where the foul troll belongs.... Bye Bye, Newt, its been awful. Please, don't call if you get work.

    March 5, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Marry

    @ Roger – Very well said, Roger!
    It is also not anymore a matter of policies (noticed, all the GOP candidates have not come up with anything new or workable) but it has become a matter of character. The GOP has lost theirs completely and whoever votes for them shows not only a lack of intelligence, they also say with their vote that they can stomach the GOP way of misrepresentation, and the “work” they presented in the last 3,5 years – not to mention what they “accomplished” the 8 years before!

    March 5, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. cali girl

    You will not either. No one in the GnOP has it in the bag. Grinchy, Santo, Robmey, and Paul just don't have what it takes. I fall asleep watching Robmey, I shudder with fear over Father Santo, Grinchy just seems like the dirty preverted uncle that you have the girls stay away from. Paul is just too old.

    March 5, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. T'sah from Virginia

    ►TRENDING: Gingrich: Romney can't 'close the deal'◄
    And the nominee for the Grinch he "cannot" steal
    He's a LOSER before he even gets to the southern states
    He might even lose Georgie – staying in is a BIG mistake!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 5, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Disabled vet

    And newt is hoping that we keep high gas prices up to the election. Why would we want him for president. Oilmen bush family are making billions now and gas was 1.29 a gallon when lil george took office. No more repubics

    March 5, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Last time he told the truth, Newt had to backtrack and apologize to Paul Ryan. Wonder if they will put him in the stocks this time, and pelt him with rotton fruit?

    March 5, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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