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Balz: Romney blasts Gingrich as ‘extremely unreliable’ conservative leader
Washington Post ^ | Dec 13, 2012 | By Dan Balz and Philip Rucker

Posted on 12/13/2011 8:45:17 PM PST by Jim Robinson

BOSTON—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted rival Newt Gingrich Tuesday as an “extremely unreliable leader in the conservative world” who has taken positions in this campaign that should give GOP voters pause as they consider their choices for the party’s nomination.

Romney, in an interview with The Washington Post, offered some of his toughest criticism to date of the politician whose sudden rise in the polls has made him, at least for now, the front-runner for the nomination. He also had tough words for President Obama and his campaign, saying he would not let them portray him as a tool of Wall Street and called the president “a member of the 1 percent.”

But Romney also acknowledged that he hasn’t always been in step with conservatives and said that he was “wrong” not to sign Gingrich’s 1994 Contract with America when he was running for a Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Romney’s effort to portray Gingrich as unreliably conservative signals a new and sharper strategy to blunt the former speaker’s momentum and to raise doubts about him in the eyes of voters who may be examining him closely for the first time in the campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor once was seen as, at least, a nominal frontrunner in the Republican race but now finds himself trailing Gingrich in a number of states with early contests, as well as nationally.

Defending himself against charges that his own conservative credentials are suspect, the former Massachusetts governor turned the question in Gingrich’s direction and said that it is the former speaker who has strayed repeatedly from embracing conservative doctrine in recent years...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabberromney; elections; gingrich; newt; projection; romney; romneydirtytrick; transference

1 posted on 12/13/2011 8:45:21 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Did he blast Newt for being a Mormon, too?


2 posted on 12/13/2011 8:46:29 PM PST by TitansAFC (Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are not your enemies, my fellow Freepers!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Speak for yourself Mittney. Mitt won’t even say if he’s pork or chicken, only that he isn’t red meat.


3 posted on 12/13/2011 8:49:04 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: Jim Robinson

I would like to see Republicans criticizing Obama. Instead too many of them are attacking Gingrich, who definitely has his sites lazered in on Obama.


4 posted on 12/13/2011 8:49:09 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Jim Robinson
Dan Balz of WaPo doesn't like Newt. Neither does Romney. Whadduhsupprise.

I think Newt has a commanding lead, and attack ads from behind won't stem the tide.

5 posted on 12/13/2011 8:49:45 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Jim Robinson
What a joke, Willard knows nothing about conservative leadership.

FUMR!!!


6 posted on 12/13/2011 8:50:58 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: SatinDoll

Newt’s critics from either side of the aisle don’t have a whole lot of room to maneuver in. It’s pretty darn certain what Newt stands for NOW, his checkered past notwithstanding.

You can understand Mitt carping. Mitt would tell himself off if he could for a sound bite.


7 posted on 12/13/2011 8:51:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Mitt would tell himself off if he could for a sound bite.”

LOL!


8 posted on 12/13/2011 8:53:56 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: Jim Robinson

This week seems to be pile on Newt week. All the RINO’s are in but I’d hope conservatives are keeping their powder dry.


9 posted on 12/13/2011 8:54:08 PM PST by Track9
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To: Jim Robinson

10 posted on 12/13/2011 8:55:38 PM PST by garjog
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To: HiTech RedNeck

LOL.. great turn of phrase.


11 posted on 12/13/2011 8:56:40 PM PST by Track9
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To: Jim Robinson

pot kettle black...

something like that :)


12 posted on 12/13/2011 9:00:26 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Newt Gingrich 2012!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Nobody can be more unreliable than Romney..


13 posted on 12/13/2011 9:04:33 PM PST by vigilante2 (Reelect nobody)
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To: Jim Robinson

Well if the Washington Post says it, I’ll take it as Gospel!


14 posted on 12/13/2011 9:06:07 PM PST by Dogbert41 (Israel is real:))
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To: Jim Robinson
I think Willard needs to don some less-gay apparel, show a more manly image...yeah, that'll do it....


15 posted on 12/13/2011 9:06:10 PM PST by bigbob
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To: Jim Robinson

Romney: Extremely Unreliable
Newt: Extremely Unstable
Perry: Consistency, Character and Humility
Bachmann: Squeaky Chalkboard
Santorum: Faith Personified
Ron Paul: True Believer


16 posted on 12/13/2011 9:07:00 PM PST by indianrightwinger
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To: Jim Robinson

“Unreliable”- as in can’t be counted on.

Hard charge to make stick if one can’t be counted one themselves.

Newt is asking for forgiveness, and that we should count on him from now on.

I remember well the ‘94 recapture of the House, but the subsequent barges now in tow taint my enthusiasm.

We know how this age ends, but I would hope there is a more heroic play for this Republic than Newt Gingrich between now and then.


17 posted on 12/13/2011 9:10:53 PM PST by One Name
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To: TitansAFC
Romney has just reminded me of why the 2008 campaign was so bitterly divisive.

He was just as nasty then as he is now.

18 posted on 12/13/2011 9:16:21 PM PST by grandpa jones
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To: indianrightwinger

“Romney: Extremely Unreliable
Newt: Extremely Unstable
Perry: Consistency, Character and Humility
Bachmann: Squeaky Chalkboard
Santorum: Faith Personified
Ron Paul: True Believer”

Here is my take:

romney: communist
newt: socialist
Perry: moderately Conservative... can admit mistakes
Bachmann: She talks the talk and seems to be a true believer
Santorum: Perhaps slightly to the right of GW... maybe.
Ron Paul: Has me up until his insane foreign policy delusion


19 posted on 12/13/2011 9:24:33 PM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Bachman is trust worthy, unquestionably trust worthy, with brains.

Santorum has caved painfully before, in folding for Specter against Toomey, (wasn’t it Toomey)? Doing so was very shocking to conservatives.

Rick has proven conservative fiscal principles work in Texas and is anti-regulation, anti-taxation, all the things the nation cries for, Rick has achieved in Texas.

Newt’s congressional victory in 1994, after 40 years in the wilderness, was no small feat of accomplishment, personal issues aside, he was one stunningly successful Speaker of the House. He remains a danger to the Left, and of dread to the establishment.


20 posted on 12/13/2011 9:41:06 PM PST by RitaOK (wRasmussen- the polling standard for accuracy.)
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To: grandpa jones
Bingo on your thought about Romney being a divider. My thoughts exactly.

5% ideas. 95% attack fellow republicans. And I use that term 'fellow' quite loosely.

21 posted on 12/13/2011 9:45:31 PM PST by CT
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To: Jim Robinson
Most of these candidates don't seem to be able to fight their way out of a paper bag. At least Newt can effectively explain the error of Obama’s policies.

He has the knowledge, and experience to accomplish what needs to be done. Do I trust him? Not really, but I don't trust the others either.

If Newt wins the primaries, I will vote for him and look forward to seeing him mop the floor with Obama, while taking the presstitutes to task also.

22 posted on 12/13/2011 10:10:14 PM PST by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: Jim Robinson
My Newtonian Take:

Romney: Pretty Chameleon

Perry: Illiterate Bumpkin

Bachmann: Grating Church Lady

Santorum: Gomer

Ron Paul: Psychopath

Newt: Gem in Rough


23 posted on 12/13/2011 10:17:36 PM PST by garjog
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To: Jim Robinson

Pot meets the kettle.


24 posted on 12/13/2011 10:18:08 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Mitt Romneycare however can be completely relied upon..to govern hard left when in office.


25 posted on 12/13/2011 10:18:16 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: grandpa jones; All
Romney has just reminded me of why the 2008 campaign was so bitterly divisive.

He was just as nasty then as he is now.

True. Unfortunately, there's some of that same attitude among some of us here. I was a Bachmann supporter, and was instantly labeled by some FReepers as a "Bachmann-bot, moron, idiot..."

Imagine if Palin were running; how many FReepers would be called "Palin-bots?"

I believe that there are liberals trolling FR who stir the pot by encouraging infighting. The name calling is unacceptable.

26 posted on 12/13/2011 10:26:32 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Why is Romney running as a Republican - why did he ever run as one? He’s in the wrong party. Someone should tell him. Poor fella doesn’t know where he belongs.

I urge everyone to go to Newt’s website and make a donation. I did that today and will keep it up until he becomes president. I want Hussein our of the White House and want it fumigated before Newt moves in.


27 posted on 12/13/2011 10:27:34 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Obama in debates. Newt needs money.)
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>> Dan Balz

Didn’t he once work with Seymour Buttes, and that other guy Hertz?


28 posted on 12/13/2011 10:33:04 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jets.)
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To: Gene Eric

Well, I just thought it was comical that balls Romney made such a hypocritical statement. FUMR!! Progressive/leftist bastard!


29 posted on 12/13/2011 11:02:02 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

he is!


30 posted on 12/13/2011 11:08:54 PM PST by gman992 ("I'm a conservative. I'm just a happy conservative.")
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To: Marcella
Why is Romney running as a Republican - why did he ever run as one? He’s in the wrong party. Someone should tell him. Poor fella doesn’t know where he belongs.

My question is, why is Democrat Bill Clinton (husband of Hillary) supporting Newt's campaign for the White House?

And a follow-up: Why is the DNC paying for Newt's best advertising?

31 posted on 12/14/2011 2:07:23 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: RitaOK

I know far too much about newt to ever vote for him... Perry, Bachmann and Santorum I could vote for.

LLS


32 posted on 12/14/2011 4:47:13 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: Jim Robinson
Romney offers a remarkably telling self-portrait there:

Asked whether he had to win Iowa or New Hampshire or other early states, he demurred. "I don’t have to win anything other than 1,150 delegates."

IOW, I don't need their hearts and minds or even a popular majority. Give me 1150 delegates and the people can suck wind on a car roof.

33 posted on 12/14/2011 5:22:12 AM PST by Lady Lucky
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To: SatinDoll
Sorry, but I can not trust Newt. My memory is too good on all his flips and flops.

http://www.examiner.com/county-republican-in-dallas/gingrich-blasted-by-national-right-to-work-committee-over-support-for-scozzafava-ny23-race

34 posted on 12/14/2011 7:31:47 AM PST by seekthetruth (We Patriots want a Commander In Chief who STANDS with Our Military!)
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To: seekthetruth

Thanks for the link.


35 posted on 12/14/2011 11:08:54 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: seekthetruth

Thanks for the link.


36 posted on 12/14/2011 11:09:10 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: CT; Jim Robinson
5% ideas. 95% attack fellow republicans. And I use that term 'fellow' quite loosely

Mitt uses the same tactics in his campaigns as the ones used by him in business dealings...destroy the target company, throw thousands out of a job and then boast of his prowess as he invents a new company and banks the dough...less the 10% to the mormon church.

He is as narcissistic and power-mad as Obama and his supporters won't believe their lying eyes.

37 posted on 12/15/2011 7:32:37 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Holy, Holy, Holy..."God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity")
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To: seekthetruth
Sorry, but I can not trust Newt.

Funny you should link to the Examiner.

Editorial: Romney is GOP's best choice

"In a race against Obama, we believe Romney will make a compelling case that he would be a strong and successful president."

38 posted on 12/15/2011 7:45:36 AM PST by greyfoxx39 (Holy, Holy, Holy..."God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity")
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