Skip to comments.Slumping Gingrich promises sharper counter-punch
Posted on 12/20/2011 4:13:51 PM PST by presidio9
Slipping in polls under an onslaught of attacks, Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich promises to wage a sharper and more aggressive campaign in the final two weeks before Iowa kicks off the party's nominating race.
Gingrich says he will be quicker to respond to attacks and more agile in getting his message across to voters who may have lost faith in him after rivals launched a withering barrage of criticism of his past as a Washington insider.
A 44-stop bus tour in the run-up to the January 3 Iowa caucus, daily calls with supporters to respond to new criticisms and another round of television ads will be cornerstones of the response by Gingrich, who will focus most of his efforts in Iowa for the next two weeks.
"I think a certain amount of drop in polls was to be expected given the amount of negative campaigning that has been going on," said Linda Upmeyer, the Iowa House Republican leader and the state chairwoman of Gingrich's campaign.
"But there are a lot of people out there who have not made up their minds yet," she said. "The challenge is to make sure that people have accurate information, and to get them the facts as quickly as we can."
The question for Gingrich will be whether he has enough time to rebound in the two weeks left to campaign in Iowa or if he has begun a political free-fall that will be hard to stop.
"The problem is he has probably waited too long," said Craig Robinson, former political director for the Iowa Republican Party. "This is the frantic finish. The clock might run out on him."
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The real Newtie was the one sitting on the couch with Nazi (No oil for YOU!) Pelosi.
The problem is simple: If not Newt, who? The bench is empty.
Should have known.
Sounds like you are content to listen to talking points, instead of finding out for yourself what really happened there.
Weren't you a big Herman Cain supporter a couple of weeks ago?
Im going to be the nominee, the former Speaker told ABC News. Its very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high Im going to be the nominee.
TAPPER: How do you respond to Republicans who say if you dont draw distinctions with Mitt Romney and others who are attacking you, if you dont point out their perceived vulnerabilities, Barack Obama and the Democrats sure arent going to share that same reluctance and you are doing Obama a favor by staying positive?
GINGRICH: They are not going to be the nominee. I dont have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who are not going to be the nominee. They are not going to be the nominee.
TAPPER: You are going to be the nominee?
GINGRICH: Im going to be the nominee. Its very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high Im going to be the nominee. And by the way I dont object if people want to attack me, thats their right. All Im suggesting that its not going to be very effective and that people are going to get sick of it very fast. And the guys who attacked each other in the debates up to now, every single one of them have lost ground by attacking. So they should do what they and their consultants want to do.”
Same old ****... different day.
The reason that Gingrich is slipping in IA is simple. He has no money and he has no real group of troops there to build support. If he had money to respond to Paul’s ads, he may have stopped this hemorrhage earlier.
There are three types of people attacking Gingrich right now:
People too stupid to understand that the only person they are helping is Romney.
No I adamantly opposed Cain.
I want someone to ask poor little Newt about his upcoming global warming book. His co authors are promoting it but I don’t believe I’ve heard him mention it even once.
If you check the RealClearPolitics average, it appears that Romney and Paul are getting the displaced Newt votes. That means the establishment was wise to attack Newt since they want Romney, but FReepers were stupid to attack Newt cause they are only helping Romney and Paul.
Not winning Iowa will not be the end of Newt Gingrich. He was always focused on SC & FL. The dumbasses who post about him talking about the frontrunner conveniently forget that at the same time he was talking about being "six weeks ahead of where [he] thought he'd be."
Ron Paul has ZERO chance of winning the nomination.
Gingrich is a liar.
That’s right. You’re a liberaltarian, am I right?
I’m an antifederalist.
Is that the name Ron Paul supporters are hiding behind these days? Why can't you people just be honest?
Of that's right: It's because 80% of the electorate knows that you are all full of crap.