Skip to comments.Gingrich takes aim at Santorum, sees impossible task in Afghanistan
Posted on 02/27/2012 12:38:36 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
NASHVILLE Newt Gingrich went on the offensive against Rick Santorum during a campaign swing through Tennessee Monday, calling him a big Labor Republican and predicting his surging opponents fortunes will quickly change amid a chaotic race that could remain competitive all the way to the Republican National Convention in August.
Gingrich, who has said he must do well in the Southern states to win the GOP nomination, also predicted he would win the Alabama and Mississippi primaries next month.
Turning to the escalating violence in Afghanistan, the former Georgia congressman said the United States is facing an impossible task there.
We are not going to fix Afghanistan. It is not possible, he told a large group of Republicans at an afternoon luncheon here. These are people who have spent several thousand years hating foreigners. And what we have done by staying is become the new foreigners.
This is a real problem. And there are some problems where you have to say, You know, you are going to have to figure out how to live your own miserable life
because you clearly dont want to learn from me how to be unmiserable. And that is what you are going to see happen.
(Excerpt) Read more at ajc.com ...
C-SPAN Video: Newt Gingrich Speaks on 'God and Country' in Georgia [..Sunday, February 26, 2012 (20 minutes) GOP Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich returns to his home state of Georgia to speak on "God and Country" at Rock Springs Baptist Church in Milner. The church is located in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, which Gingrich represented in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1999.]
I watched that video yesterday and found it to be outstanding.
Newt is the only true leader in the race.
** President Newt Gingrich-”Our beloved republic deserves nothing less.”
“Big Labor Republican”
There are those types voters in Michigan.
Thanks, Newt. Every vote counts...beat Willard! : )
See the real leader here-of these 2 men ( Ricky, you go first, Newt)
We need wisdom, not pretty/handsome. I want substance in our leader and NEWT has what it takes.
Now watch Rick and Mitt scramble to climb on board with this and make it their issue. Newt is always one step ahead of them, while they are out debating his last issue, Newt brings up a new idea. rofl.
There is no way they can out think him.
I watched them both. Newt is right about Santorum.
Like Palin said, records do matter. Go, Newt.
Taking it to Santorum and Romney with the gloves off is the way to do it. One wonders, however, if it isn’t too late?
And before the Santorum supporters cry foul with Newt’s quotes against Santorum in this article:
The Florida results are in and despite spending millions Newt Gingrich went form a big lead to a big defeat. Why? Because voters discovered Gingrich wasnt a true conservative. Like Romney, Gingrich supported the Wall Street bailout, job-killing cap and trade, and radical healthcare mandates. Gingrich even supports giving some illegals amnesty, a radio ad on behalf of Rick Santorum says.
This ad is approved by Rick Santorum himself. I say, live by the nasty ads, he should lose by the nasty ads. It’s biblical, so Rick shouldn’t complain. At least Newt’s quotes are accurate! I’ve noticed Santorum’s tendency to praise Unions or the “working man” (as if we don’t all work) for awhile now. His previous anti-Right to Work vote, and also his tax plan, fit the pattern.
They don't wish to be cheerful! :p
Newt Gingrich went on the offensive against Rick Santorum during a campaign swing through Tennessee Monday, calling him a big Labor Republican
I have no problem with private-sector unions, Santorum said in his remarks on Thursday. I think they play a role in society.
So is he a big labor Republican, or are MI voters going to vote on the belief that he is, even if he’s not, or are they going to vote on a comment that he is, by Newt Gingrich campaigning in the South?
And Santorum supported Mitt Romney in 2008.
It is about time Newt took the gloves off instead of protecting Santorum to play the odds against Romney.
I was wondering if Santorum’s union pandering legislation was forever going to be buried, clouded over by all the conservative smoke blowing by Rick launching into the minutiae of contraception.
That strategy kept every conservative applauding his principled stand, and off the scent of his legislative track record.
That trail, by the way, had what family values included when Rick was in a position to advance them?
Obfiscate, distract and delay has been at work here and Newt has said nothing.
It is time.
Destroying the threat to our national security harbored there was justified; anything beyond that, regardless of grandiose schemes for “nation building” or moral proselytizing of the need for “allowing Mrs Muhammad to vote,” as Michael Scheuer recently quipped, is inevitably doomed to failure and the increasing wasteful loss of our valiant warriors; not to mention time, effort, equipment and national treasure.
No wonder people call him Saint Ricky.
He will do anything to get votes. Sorry, I can't support this kind of dishonesty.
Hey, onyx. Right on, right on! :)
Nice of Newt to do that the night before Michigan and Arizona. I bet Newt would rather have Romney has the candidate. Why else would he be concentrating only on Georgia a state that he should have locked up without campaigning. Oh well one state wonder bashing Santorum is sad and desperate.
You betcha it’s time!!
Hopefully this will stop the Santorum supporters’ plea to all Newt voters to vote for Santorum tomorrow.
And Santorum supported Mitt Romney in 2008.
Is that all you got? Boring. Nonsense as everyone supported Romney once Thompson dropped out. Nobody wanted McCain....well maybe you did. You seem to go for those types.
” or are they going to vote on a comment that he is, by Newt Gingrich campaigning in the South? “
You surely knew this was coming. I did, and I am not a Santorum supporter. Newt generally has footnotes to prove every sound he makes. Those notes will include Rick’s inescapable union pander legislation.
It’s just been shelved so far...until which time the NON-union guy (Newt) elected to use it. That time is now, because while panderiing to unions will sell in the north, it will not sell in the south, and right now Newt is after the south.
Most of that guy’s posts are non sequiturs. As long as he gets a pro-Santorum post within the first 10 replies on every Gingrich thread, he doesn’t care if it makes sense or not. I think he’s lost his mind.
Don't you just love how Newt says what we all are thinking.....he gives voice to us all and unafraid to call it like it is.
There comes a time when even God lets man have his own way after attempts to reach out to him...so too mankind who try to help another nation...if it's so apparent that the Aphganistan people are opposed to any "reform" of their treacherous ways...then time to leave them to themsleves and give them what they want.
I;m convinced they will be happier under the Taliban....though abused and mistreated...killed and maimed...they underst and death and punishment...they do not know how to DO Freedom and don't want to learn.
Hello! I am disappointed that Newt is doing this today. On Wednesday would not be a problem for me, but for him to bash Santorum the day before Michigan and Arizona just helps Romney. Am I wrong on this thinking?
Have a beautiful day.
Newt calling it like it is. Either Newt is going to have to take Santorum down or vice versa for either to have a chance to outright win the nomination.
Newt has clearly realized this and is going about it now.
Otherwise, Romney will always have their split vote, with him eaking out many victories, but not by much. He may or may not get to the magic number and win the nomination.
If all conservatives were united behind Newt or Rick...I believe one or the other would win large enough to have the best chance of an outright nomination before the convention.
AMERICA AT THE CROSSROADS OF HISTORY
So did Mark Levin. The other option was John McCain, the worst candidate in modern history.
Well, there’s the perfect ad! LOL.
Not mean, just accurate and funny.
Hey. Didn’t Newt say a couple weeks ago he was going to go positive and sell his ideas because his campaigned tanked when he was in attack mode? I guess that was another Newt running in this campaign.
Tons of great videos out there.
Hope we have a video of Fred Thompson and Newt today in TN.
Dam. To big for a tag line.
Yes, it is. Newt hung back just long enough to make sure that Romney would get his nose bloodied as much as possible in Michigan. Now it's time to battle for the South.
If the extent of his “attack” was calling him a “big labour Republican”, it’ll help in Michigan more than it hurts. I don’t agree with the characterization, but it’s hardly an attack.
The AJC is making more of it than it really is. Of course, they’re rooting for Mittens.
Newt finally had to make the point Santorum missed:
ROMNEY: No, absolutely not. Of course not.
There was no requirement in Massachusetts for the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims. That was entirely voluntary on their report. There was no such requirement.
Likewise, in Massachusetts health care bill, there's a provision in Massachusetts general laws that says people don't have to have coverage for contraceptives or other type of medical devices which are contrary to their religious teachings. Churches also don't have to provide that to entities which are either the church themselves or entities they control. So we have provisions that make sure that something of that nature does not occur.
That's why when I worked closely with the leaders of the Catholic Church, I met with the cardinal a number of times, and with his emissaries. We talked about the issues we were concerned about.
We battled, for instance, to help the Catholic Church stay in the adoption business. The amazing thing was that while the Catholic Church was responsible for half the adoptions in my state -- half the adoptions -- they had to get out of that business because the legislature wouldn't support me and give them an exemption from having to place children in homes where there was a mom and a dad on a preferential basis.
Absolutely extraordinary. We have to have individuals that will stand up for religious conscience, and I did and I will again as president.
KING: Mr. Speaker?
GINGRICH: Well, the reports we got were quite clear that the public health department was prepared to give a waiver to Catholic hospitals about a morning-after abortion pill, and that the governor's office issued explicit instructions saying that they believed it wasn't possible under Massachusetts law to give them that waiver. Now, that was the newspaper reports that came out. That's something that both Senator Santorum and I have raised before. But I want to go a step further, because this makes a point that Ron Paul has been making for a generation and that people need to take very seriously.
When you have government as the central provider of services, you inevitably move towards tyranny, because the government has the power of force.
You inevitably -- and I think this is true whether it's Romneycare or Obamacare or any other government centralized system -- you inevitably move towards the coercion of the state and the state saying, "If you don't do what we, the politicians, have defined, you will be punished either financially or you will be punished in some other way like going to jail."......
Go back and look at Santorum’s jabs and his gracious timing, back when Newt was in debt, and taking 20 million dollar defamation hits going into Florida.
Just, please. Rick is about Rick and it ends there. Newt could have been creaming Santorum from the beginning, but he has laid back for a reason, and even been found defending Junior from the Romney assaults.
Rick has given Newt back, what? A back handk, that’s what, and from the beginning.
Oh, what a great idea. It was funny to see Ricky act like teen-ish..and Newt answers brilliantly.
By the Polls its starting to look bad for Newt.
Looking like on Super Tuesday Ga might be the only state Newt can win. If Santorum wins Tn, Oh, & Ok While Mittens wins Mass, Vt, Va then Newt will be the odd man out.
And Newt supportted Dede Scozafawa,And made millions from fannie and freddie with Bawny Fwank,and left his own state hanging high and dry by leaving during his term,and cheated on his wives,and on and on,,,NO NEWT NO!!!
Thanks, from me, too. I made a new donation.
Take 30 minutes. Expand the video to fill the screen and listen to Newt [or read -- full transcript too]
But I love how his opponents keep telling him he must only be positive (and don't dare complain because Mitt and his PAC spent $2Million/day for 10 days attacking him) but as Rush Limbaugh made great pains (and repeated) the thing that annoys the Left is that Santorum isn't backing down. Neither does Newt. He's campaigning.
Newt YES YES YES, fight for America !!!!!!!!!!!!
I made another donation this morning too, and put it on my Facebook!
It gave me an option and picked out a photo and everything. Great fun!
God bless you and GO NEWT!
“If all conservatives were united behind Newt or Rick...I believe one or the other would win large enough to have the best chance of an outright nomination before the convention.”
Excellent. GO NEWT GO!
I’d never seen this little one minute clip of Newt. It’s fabulous! It would make a terrific campaign ad.
Rush did it again today-—spent a major part of his show doing all he can to make Senator Santorum more appealing to us skeptics.
Does Santorum have to include the value of all this free advertising on his donation reports?
Didn’t Rick physically pull out of Florida leaving it all to Newt?
I do want Romney stopped in Michigan, and would lend every assist to Santorum to do so, expecting that such an upset would cause Romney serious implosion.
We take Socialists one head at a time, starting with Romney.
On the issues, against Santorum, Newt wins in a walk.
But, to your point, Newt needs to raise some Cain and expose a thing or two on Santorum, hardball, as Gingrich prepares to win the South, where pandering to unions traditionally has been a tough sell.
IMHO, conservative voters need to get out of the clouds on the Santorum tactic of diversion and redirecting away from his union pandering, by flogging his clerical approach to the religious right on contraception and family values in order to divert and delay the inevitable exposure of his record.
Smoke and mirrors. Newt knows it.