Skip to comments.Gingrich Seizes Pole Position as Romney Alternative in S.C.
Posted on 01/14/2012 12:19:44 PM PST by TitansAFC
DUNCAN, S.C. -- As soon as Newt Gingrich wrapped up his remarks on Saturday night at a forum hosted by the Republican Parties of Greenville and Spartanburg counties, it was Rick Santorum's turn to take the stage.
But Gingrich ensured that the spotlight remained on him.
As the former Pennsylvania senator began his remarks to hundreds of GOP activists gathered inside a high school cafeteria, Gingrich drew most of the media on hand to a nearby hallway where he held a press conference apparently timed to steal Santorum's thunder.
Gingrich took a pass when asked how, over the next week, he would contrast his record with Santorum's.
But even before taking a question, the former House speaker -- who just last month promised to run a relentlessly positive campaign -- launched an all-out barrage against Mitt Romney, laying into the former Massachusetts governors record on abortion, the Second Amendment, taxes and job creation.
The message Gingrich was trying to convey was clear: that the real battle in South Carolina was between himself and Romney, with the other candidates playing bit roles.
If we end up splitting the conservative vote, were going to end up nominating somebody with whom 95 percent of the people in this room are going to be very uncomfortable, Gingrich had told the crowd, clearly referencing Romney, whom he has labeled a Massachusetts moderate.
Gingrich has some recent numbers to back up his belief that he is the Romney alternative best-positioned to turn back the national front-runners momentum in South Carolina. According to the latest RCP Average of Palmetto State polls, Gingrich trails Romney by less than 5 percent, while Santorum and the libertarian-leaning Ron Paul are 12 percentage points behind. Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman continue to spin their wheels in the mid-single digits.........
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Newt is doing the right thing by attacking Romney and not Santorum. Conseratives should at least give him credit for that.
Republican presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich waves from his vehicle, Florida January 13, 2012.
Good strategy. We need a bulldog to win this and Santorum is a golden retriever puppy.
I was there, Newt was great. Santorum was pretty weak by comparison. Candidates who didn’t attend this event were foolish.
I’m unaware of any polls that have shown Santorum ahead of Gingrich in South Carolina.
How can he ‘seize’ what he has always had?
Which is why he’s fallen to second from leading in SC?
I wouldn’t have thought a Penn State alum would be caught on camera wearing another Big-10 school’s sweater-vest.
Isn’t he 2-0 so far against Newt?
The sweater vest makes me want to puke.
Do you wear a sweater vest? does anyone on FR wear a sweater vest?
Newt knocked it out of the park, again.
Absolutely. As much as I like Santorum, Gingrich is the fighter we need to pound Obama back to Kenya.
You have my envy.... I would have loved to had been there. I just watched Newt on video and he was awesome.
GO NEWT GO.......
Santorum wouldn't have a chance up against Obama's billion dollar lying, deceitful, mud slinging campaign, whereas Gingrich would take Obama to the woodshed at every turn.
GOOD to get a first person report. Thank you very much.
I think this is the event I watched on CSPAN.
Newt’s answers to the Congressmen were great!
But people don’t like folks with sharp tongues. The MSM told me so.
Mitt and Rick seem so civil. Gosh... ya just have to admire how pure they are..
Is the “Massachusetts Moderate” label catching on as a popular pejorative down there in SC Republican Party circles? Just wondering, especially after that Wynn-guy blasted Gingrich for attacking Romney on his business record.
Candidates who didnt attend this event were foolish.
Let me guess
Romney wasnt there but sent a couple of his obnoxious sons
Just like in Aiken in 2008
Sweater vest power?
Not even the one my mother gave me.
Could you tell me why Santorum and Romney always seem to pull their punches against each other?
Right on. Newt Gingrich our next President.
VERY good video!
Hey dingdong, they are very comfortable in winter. You should try one, education is a blessing. Mother knows best.
I don’t see any evidence of that. Santorum clobbers Romney in the head to head.
Actually, the polls so far don’t bear that out. Santorum does quite well against Obama.
You mean sweater to sweater.
I mean head to head. He’s got a 20 point lead over Romney.
Newt actually loses when it’s him vs. Romney.
Try a red plaid insulated one.
The cashmere one with the crest isn’t working
Rick Santorum is such a weak sister its ridiculous!
This is the guy that’s going to be the standard bearer? LOL!
I guess I don’t understand SC anymore.
I spent a lot of time there. I thought I knew the place.
“Isnt he 2-0 so far against Newt?”
Yes he is in the liberal states. Now that we have moved onto Conservative South Carolina Newt moves ahead. GO NEWT GO!
...they are very comfortable in winter....
But on the downside, they make you look like Santorum.
Yup, and I believe the anti-Gingrich talking points in the non-stop ads I hear in Charlotte, NC came from FR. Every point mirrors comments made here over the last several weeks.
Gingrich is the only candidate who can beat Obama. Do we want a Neville Chamberlin or Winston Churchill? Gingrich, being an American historian, appears to have hired the likes of Generals Leslie Groves and Curtis LeMay as his campaign managers.
Actually, Newt does better among moderates and independents. Santorum does better among conservatives than Newt does.
Look at the counties that Santorum won in Iowa - Newt did best in the liberal areas that support Obama. Santorum did best in the republican heartland in central Iowa.
Yes, I know it’s counter intuitive, but that’s what the data says.
FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!! He nailed it on the UN, 2nd Ammendment and Kyoto Treaty. I wish this would go viral. How could any conservative American that watched and listened to this video NOT support Gingrich. Another example of his brilliant mind. GOOOOOOOOOOO NEWT!!!!!!!!!!
WRONG!!!!!!!!!! Santorum is a social conservative but not a strong fiscal conservative. Newt is strong on fiscal issues and our country is in dire straits economically. Newt is the strongest FISCAL conservative running ..PERIOD.
I got ripped by a Ga guy in SC for putting sugar and cream on my grits LOL It was my first time to have grits LOL I’s a Yankee!
Heck I thought it was cream of wheat! LOL
He was way embarrassed! LOL he said don’t put nothin on them grits but butter and pepper LOL!
I was kinda embarrassed by the faux pas, but I dint miss much.
They sure know how to cook breakfast in SC
I like SC, I just dont see Santorum as being the standard bearer there, the SOB wouldnt know goober pea from dandelion greens
Watched Newt’s speechfantastic, as always.
Trying to listen to Santorum’s now seems boring, pedantic, not getting much applause.
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