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Newt Gingrich: I Crossed The Line (Bain Criticism)
politico.com ^ | Jan. 11, 2012 | Jonathan Allen

Posted on 01/11/2012 12:10:06 PM PST by truthkeeper

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Newt Gingrich signaled Wednesday that he believes his criticism of Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital is a mistake — and that he’s created an impression that he was echoing Democratic rhetoric.

Gingrich conceded the problem when pressed by a Rick Santorum supporter at a book-signing here Wednesday.

“I’m here to implore one thing of you. I think you’ve missed the target on the way you’re addressing Romney’s weaknesses. I want to beg you to redirect and go after his obvious disingenuous about his conservatism and lay off the corporatist versus the free market. I think it’s nuanced,” Dean Glossop, an Army Reservist from Inman, S.C., said.

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1 posted on 01/11/2012 12:10:10 PM PST by truthkeeper
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To: truthkeeper

Geeh, New validates my opinion for which I was decorated yesterday.

Thanks Newt for seeing the light on this.

Let your inferiors continue this meme.


2 posted on 01/11/2012 12:12:51 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

Newt’s closing the barn door after the horses have already escaped.


3 posted on 01/11/2012 12:14:29 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: truthkeeper

Wise advice and wise decision.


4 posted on 01/11/2012 12:14:47 PM PST by dforest
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To: truthkeeper
The main quote from Newt:

"Gingrich said.

“It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect. … I agree with you entirely.” "

5 posted on 01/11/2012 12:16:15 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: truthkeeper

This is what I like about Newt. His ability to admit a wrong tactic and change course. I think we will see something new in South Carolina as he refines his campaign. GO NEWT!


6 posted on 01/11/2012 12:16:34 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: truthkeeper
Of course he said just the opposite three hours ago.
7 posted on 01/11/2012 12:16:55 PM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: Vendome

I think it was a brilliant move by Newt, he is showing EXACTLY what a MSM attack on Romney would look like should Mittens get the Nom.


8 posted on 01/11/2012 12:18:31 PM PST by GraceG
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To: M. Thatcher

He keeps making me sad.


9 posted on 01/11/2012 12:18:45 PM PST by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Parley Baer
This is what I like about Newt. His ability to admit a wrong tactic and change course...

This is what I dislike about him...he shoots his mouth off too often.

10 posted on 01/11/2012 12:19:46 PM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: Parley Baer; truthkeeper

Just noticed the movie has been released, so now Newts taking it back.

Good grief, typical Newt

He needs to look before he leaps.


11 posted on 01/11/2012 12:20:05 PM PST by dforest
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To: Parley Baer

Newt wouldn’t have to admit so many wrong tactics if he wasn’t wrong so often.


12 posted on 01/11/2012 12:21:09 PM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: truthkeeper

Actually, that’s not what Gingrich said. He basically said that his attack had been misunderstood and twisted into anti-capitalism because of Obama’s class warfare rhetoric going on in the background. But he said that Romney has to explain himself, and that was all he was calling for all along.

Romney has been portraying himself as a businessman and implying that he ran a productive business, but he was not honest about the type of business and the type of investments (it was not “venture capital” except in the most general of senses) and the fact that he got a government bailout for at least one investment that went bad.

Bain bought one firm for $30 million and immediately forced the firm to give Bain a “payout” of $180 million, which was all the cash it had. Essentially, Bain bought it just to strip it of cash. I fail to see that this is investing in growth or, at any rate, the growth of anything except Romney’s bank account.


13 posted on 01/11/2012 12:21:09 PM PST by livius
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To: Vendome

Don’t feel bad I was roasted yesterday for saying Newt crossed the line too. Unfortunately Romney is now going to get a big bump as he graciously accepts Newt apology while simultaneously playing the victim card. Newt is toast, he was toast when he attacked from the left, he should have gone down fighting. I wonder if newt gave Perry a heads up?


14 posted on 01/11/2012 12:21:29 PM PST by jpsb
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To: truthkeeper
I wonder what Newt actually said, or whether this headline is entirely misleading.

The angle of attack Newt has been making is a legit one, and not occu-tard Leftist rhetoric.

Either way, there is something to be said for the nuances being too complicated for the electorate to appropriately understand. I see a lot of self-anointed demagogues who think that reading Ayn Rand makes them a voice of reason when it comes to capitalism, lol.
15 posted on 01/11/2012 12:22:16 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: Deb
Don't Worry Be Happy!

Find your beach ....


16 posted on 01/11/2012 12:23:35 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: truthkeeper

I have 3 posts from yesterday and today stating that I was disappointed with Newt’s attack but sticking with him. Feeling a bit of vindication here. Go NEWT!


17 posted on 01/11/2012 12:26:15 PM PST by douginthearmy (Obamagebra: 1 job + 1 hope + 1 change = 0 jobs + 0 hope)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Once again, Rick Perry is the only candidate standing by his statements — even in the face of an attack Jan. 10 from Romney/Santorum lover Sean Hannity.


18 posted on 01/11/2012 12:26:48 PM PST by varina davis (Elect a real American patriot in 2012 -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: jpsb

“Unfortunately Romney is now going to get a big bump as he graciously accepts Newt apology while simultaneously playing the victim card”

Unfortunately for Romney is he said his role at Bain Capitol was similar to Obama taking over GM and Chrysler. Mitt stepped in it big time by using Obama for cover. I would bet Newt will use that against Mitt using Mitt’s own words. GO NEWT!


19 posted on 01/11/2012 12:26:54 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: truthkeeper

the gutless newt who only looks out for newt peeks out yet again...cry or fight..say it or dont..stay or resign...newt come on...grow a pair


20 posted on 01/11/2012 12:28:19 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: Vendome
Has anyone ever explained to noot that once you pull the trigger you cannot stop the bullet. I just wonder what will be the maximum people will be able to earn in the future.

You people do know that the rats are going to make the republicans vote on starting a displaced workers fund because of this crap.

21 posted on 01/11/2012 12:28:31 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: Parley Baer
"This is what I like about Newt. His ability to admit a wrong tactic and change course. I think we will see something new in South Carolina as he refines his campaign."

Yes, he reminds me of Edward John Smith who also changed course.

You know the rest.

22 posted on 01/11/2012 12:29:06 PM PST by VicVega (GEAUX SAINTS-LSU bleaux it in the BCS Championship game.)
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To: indylindy
I used to think Newt was smart - I stopped liking him after his outrageous stand on illegal aliens - but this has me wondering. Lately he has acted too grumpy and desperate and his comments would only alienate primary voters. He should, instead, have made the case why he was the best to go against Obama.
23 posted on 01/11/2012 12:29:06 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Vendome
Has anyone ever explained to noot that once you pull the trigger you cannot stop the bullet. I just wonder what will be the maximum people will be able to earn in the future.

You people do know that the rats are going to make the republicans vote on starting a displaced workers fund because of this crap.

24 posted on 01/11/2012 12:29:13 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: Vendome

It’s not looking good for him I’m afraid.

I think Newt has a severe case of adult ADHD.


25 posted on 01/11/2012 12:29:36 PM PST by o2bfree
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To: Vendome

It’s not looking good for him I’m afraid.

I think Newt has a severe case of adult ADHD.


26 posted on 01/11/2012 12:29:36 PM PST by o2bfree
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To: Parley Baer

we call that flip flopping in the intellectually honest world


27 posted on 01/11/2012 12:30:04 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: truthkeeper

There are some LEGAL businesses that are usually a turnoff politically.

Used cars salesman
Abortionist
Repo-man
Debt collectors

The fact that Romney gutted some companies leaving the employees without any hope (or pensions) is disgusting...

...and is worth discussing.


28 posted on 01/11/2012 12:30:35 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: truthkeeper

This just further brings into question Gingrich’s judgement.

How impaired is it and will we see many more of these excuses/apologies?

In the first actual contest of the election season Gingrich lost sight of the real issue — beating Obama. Instead, he devolved into revenge for perceived wrongs. Sadly, that shows up one of Gingrich’s major weaknesses — a thin skin. We can be assured that, if Gingrich did get the nomination, the MSM/Dems would attack even worse than Gingrich got in Iowa. They would have him bawling.


29 posted on 01/11/2012 12:31:14 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: truthkeeper; All
The Democrats and Obama have known about Bain for a long time and planned to use it against Romney closer to the general election.

I am watching the video now. Romney needs to address this NOW. If he survives then Newt has been effective in destroying Obama’s trump card. If Romney doesn't survive it, too bad.

If tax dollars are used to bailout a pension, yet the investors walk away with BIG dollars, it is NOT capitalism. It is the ongoing corrupt relationship between government and companies that is destroying our country. Said another way, it is CRONY CAPITALISM.

30 posted on 01/11/2012 12:31:20 PM PST by LuvFreeRepublic ( (I am angry and that is why I am #withNewt))
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To: varina davis
"Once again, Rick Perry is the only candidate standing by his statements:

I don't see how you can walk back taking a stand against "vulture capitalists".

31 posted on 01/11/2012 12:32:52 PM PST by jpsb
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To: truthkeeper
THANK YOU NEWT!

I am glad he realized this...or at least figured out the tea leaves. Bashing capitalism does NO ONE ANY GOOD.

32 posted on 01/11/2012 12:33:23 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: o2bfree

I like Newt ....I think he needs to keep on talking...... but I think his race for Pres is over


33 posted on 01/11/2012 12:33:38 PM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: truthkeeper

No, no fair. He was CROWING about this movie before it was out. His apology is not genuine. Don’t fall for the newt.


34 posted on 01/11/2012 12:33:53 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Utmost Certainty

ahhh yes the newt is a victim and every one else is stooooooopid line....what ever helps you sleep


35 posted on 01/11/2012 12:33:58 PM PST by skaterboy (Hate=Love....Love=Hate)
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To: All

Newt attacking Romney from the left was wrong and he knows it.


36 posted on 01/11/2012 12:34:46 PM PST by newnhdad
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To: Parley Baer

Newt supports Free Enterprise..we all do but that doesn’t mean we support shady dealings among the ceo’s or leaders. Newt has nothing to apologize for...Romney should apologize for the mega million dollars worth of attacks and lies on Newt in Iowa. Romney is a shady character...socilized medicine in Mass. A mormon that protested in FAVOR of the draft during the Viet Nam war but LEFT the country to serve as a missionary? do I want him as Commander in Chief? do I want him to introduce any new form of ObamaRoma care? NO! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NEWT


37 posted on 01/11/2012 12:35:13 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Parley Baer

So then what will the Mittbots, closeted Romney supporters and Santorumites complain about?


38 posted on 01/11/2012 12:35:13 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: jpsb

HW was able to walk back “Voodoo Economics.”


39 posted on 01/11/2012 12:35:13 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat; All

Sean Hannity just announced that Newt will be on his show in a few minutes to discuss this.


40 posted on 01/11/2012 12:35:19 PM PST by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012! (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.))
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To: Dante3

I still think Newt is smart, but he lacks self control.

Sometimes Smart Just Ain’t Enough, reminds me of a song I heard once.


41 posted on 01/11/2012 12:35:23 PM PST by dforest
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To: jpsb

Perry explicitly said (to Hannity) that he is NOT against venture capitalism, just the “vulture” type that leaves employees jobless and eliminates their pensions.


42 posted on 01/11/2012 12:36:12 PM PST by varina davis (Elect a real American patriot in 2012 -- Gov. Rick Perry)
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To: Parley Baer

Newt supports Free Enterprise..we all do but that doesn’t mean we support shady dealings among the ceo’s or leaders. Newt has nothing to apologize for...Romney should apologize for the mega million dollars worth of attacks and lies on Newt in Iowa. Romney is a shady character...socilized medicine in Mass. A mormon that protested in FAVOR of the draft during the Viet Nam war but LEFT the country to serve as a missionary? do I want him as Commander in Chief? do I want him to introduce any new form of ObamaRoma care? NO! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO NEWT


43 posted on 01/11/2012 12:38:02 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: truthkeeper

Good, this should have been said. I can overlook this because I think he got a little exhausted/ crazy about being attacked which he feels was wrong to do. He is no markist so no worry there. He may have an ego which can be changed.


44 posted on 01/11/2012 12:38:14 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: varina davis; Liz; South40; miss marmelstein

Oh, so he really did mean to call those of us opposed to instate tuition ‘heartless’, and his apology really didn’t mean anything.


45 posted on 01/11/2012 12:38:37 PM PST by rintense
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To: dfwgator

Nope he lost to Reagan, but Reagan was forced to accept HW as his veep.


46 posted on 01/11/2012 12:38:59 PM PST by jpsb
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To: LuvFreeRepublic
If tax dollars are used to bailout a pension, yet the investors walk away with BIG dollars, it is NOT capitalism. It is the ongoing corrupt relationship between government and companies that is destroying our country. Said another way, it is CRONY CAPITALISM.

Thank you. The "language of the left" analysis is for preschoolers and is right up there intellectually with "guilt by assocaition."

47 posted on 01/11/2012 12:39:00 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: LuvFreeRepublic
If tax dollars are used to bailout a pension, yet the investors walk away with BIG dollars, it is NOT capitalism. It is the ongoing corrupt relationship between government and companies that is destroying our country. Said another way, it is CRONY CAPITALISM.

Thank you. The "language of the left" analysis is for preschoolers and is right up there intellectually with "guilt by association."

48 posted on 01/11/2012 12:39:21 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: Vendome
Well, well. Looks like I'm owed an apology for the dozens of messages I got over the last few days praising Newt and telling me I was full of crap for being opposed to what was clearly leftwing anti-capitalist rhetoric.

Don't worry, I won't hold my breath, this FR...

49 posted on 01/11/2012 12:40:00 PM PST by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: jpsb
but Reagan was forced to accept HW as his veep.

Biggest mistake Reagan ever made.

50 posted on 01/11/2012 12:40:09 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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