Skip to comments.Gingrich pitch to conservatives: Don't vote for Santorum
Posted on 01/16/2012 2:10:12 PM PST by TBBT
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (CNN) - Newt Gingrich delivered a staunch warning to South Carolina conservatives Monday: "Any conservative who votes for anyone but Newt helps elect a moderate as the nominee."
Gingrich was speaking to a tea party-friendly audience in South Carolina's Horry County when he painted presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney as unelectable in a general election.
"Ask yourself this simple question: Why would you want to nominate the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?"
"The only reason [Romney] is electable right now is because he has raised more money from Wall Street to buy more ads than anybody else in the race, and we're not going to win that game," Gingrich said. "If you count how much money you can raise as the number one test of electability, Obama's going to drown him."
Gingrich has five days to drive home the message that Romney can't beat President Barack Obama. In order to stop the former Massachusetts governor's crushing momentum, Gingrich needs to rally conservatives behind him over competitor Rick Santorum, who has strong evangelical support and has fared better than the former House speaker in Iowa and New Hampshire.
"If you're a conservative, just look at the polls. I am the only candidate capable of stopping a moderate from winning the nomination," said Gingrich.
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During a press availability Monday, Gingrich pointed out why he's a stronger candidate than the former Pennsylvania senator.
"Evangelical voters would like to have a nominee that will win a general election, and somebody who set the all time Pennsylvania record for the size of their defeat has a harder case to make as to why they could be elected," Gingrich told reporters.
"If you vote for Sen. Santorum, in effect you're voting for Gov. Romney to be the nominee because he's not going to beat him. And the only way you can stop Gov. Romney for all practical purposes is to vote for Gingrich. That's just a fact and it's a mathematical fact now."
Ok Santorum clingers... Tell me... If you are from S.C., or hypothetically were... What if the polls that come out on the eve of the S.C. primary show that Newt is within striking distance of Romney and Santorum is hopelessly way behind - what will you do then? Who will you cast your vote for? Would you still pull the lever for Santorum?
Interesting strategy by Newt.
Yea they would and then after Romney get’s the nomination we will listen to them bitch here for 10 months. Count on it.
Yet Newt is trailing Santorum in the delegate count. Go figure. By Newt's reasoning, everyone should be voting for Santorum since he is closer to passing Romney. But then, logic is not Newt's strong suit.
Oddly enough, I can agree with that. Santorum is the closest we can get to a Theocrat. Can’t deal with that.
If you vote for Newt McGingrich, you are in essence voting for Rombama. No, it is not a fact. Nor is it a mathematical fact outside of the mind of the man that lost to the candidate he is dissing in the first two primaries and those of his cult-like followers.
Why vote for Newt who has less delegates than Newt. Newt hs been a disaster with regards to getting actual goes. He needs to go. A big talker with Zero results!
Uh, because we’re talking about a primary in a state where Santorum is far behind Newt.
At this late point in the campaign, you are either all-in for Newt or you're okay with, or resigned to, Willard.
We may be Tea Party, constitutionalists, social & fiscal conservatives, but strategic geniuses? Um.... not so much. Zealots, maybe? And at all costs, never mind the math. We are Utopians now?
The primary voter who votes for who they “think” or are told can win instead of who they really want - throws away their vote.
They are letting the local and State political committees dictate who the party nominee will be.
The time for voters to “get behind” their party’s candidate is in the general election against the other party.
The time for every voter to vote for who they really want to see elected is in their party primary.
If the “machine” favorite still wins the primary, the spread of votes between the losing candidates...
will send a clear message to the party about what real, actual, live voters are wanting in that election cycle.
If every voter votes for the “machine” candidate in a primary - no one will ever know what was on the voter’s minds.
Electability is an issue left over from pre-television days when the parties ran extremely closed nominations, when one typically needed to be well-known in political circles to have any chance of being nominated.
The party and the media are desperately clinging to that capability - and using all sorts of bizarre manipulations to do so.
This is actually a plus for Santorum. The election showed that Pennsylvania voters are loyal first and foremost to longtime Pennsylvanians. In that election between Casey, there were two and only two issues that were meaningful:
1. Bob Casey was the son of beloved former governor Robert Casey, Sr.
2. Rick Santorum doesn't even live in Pennsylvania, but is really from Virginia
In an election between Santorum and Obama, Pennsylvania voters will overwhelmingly choose Santorum.
And then there's Newton Leroy Gingrich who has never won statewide office in his life. People in glass houses . . .
Funny. Newt hasn't been able to prove this prior to the SC Primary. What is there to show that he can do it now?
Geeeze....what do we have...?
Newt, Santorum, Perry?
Pathetic....but still better than Willard...and a gazillion times better than zer0bama.
You must be a silver tongued devil! Santorun is against just about everything Paul is for. Newt is far closer to Paul on issues. If I ever need a lawyer I am calling you, you are good!
but now is much more fun..we get to listen to the newtters bitch
Sure I would.
Because if the facts were all the same, but Santorum and Gingrich’s place in the polls were reversed and Santorum was within striking distance of Romney, you would still pull the lever for Newt.
How do I know this? Simple: IA. Newt was clearly in a freefall and Santorum was rising. The smartest thing to do would have been for the Newt people here to cut their IA losses and support Santorum en masse that would have given him a clear victory over Romney. Even if just 1/2 of the Newt voters in IA had jumped to Santorum, that would have been enough to cut off whatever momentum the media has been trying to generate out of Romney’s “8-vote” victory and “back-yard” landslide.
So why should Santorum voters play ball when the Newt voters didn’t?
A fair assessment, and there is not a chance we'll ever have to "deal with that." Moderates wont touch it.
But Moderates do like common sense, and no one does common sense better than Newt.
Time for Newt and Rick to unite...
Newtorum that lib from Massachusetts!
>>A big talker with Zero results!
You got that right, a legend in his own mind.
Sorry, poll numbers will not convince me to vote for someone who promises to keep parts of Obamacare. Will I vote for Willard? Hell no. But I won’t vote for McNewt either. But rest assured, if Newt wins the nomination, get ready for another four years of Obama.
>>A big talker with Zero results!
You got that right, a legend in his own mind.
Newt is right, dead right.
GO NEWT GO..........
Romney had a plan; Split the Conservative vote, win by default. Rick Santorum, the “DEFAULT” Paleo “conservative”.
And with the help of the knee jerker “perfect conservative” Lemming stampede, it looks like Romney is headed for the nomination.
Nope. The only reason is everyone to be the alternative to Romney. Gosh... would Newt forgo money from the Wall Street?
Your chart so ably proves that, at this point, NO ONE should drop out. SC only has 25 delegates, ALASKA has 27. Florida only has 50 delegates, Tennessee has 58.
I am hopeful ALL candidates right through Super Tuesday. Let’s give everyone, not just IA NH, et al, a full slate of choices.
People not voting for Newt Gingrich are voting for Obama.
Do I need to spell it out?
Because when it comes to following standards, Newt supporters are as consistent as Mitt Romney.
“you are either all-in for Newt or you’re okay with, or resigned to, Willard.”
AND those okay and resigned to Willard, they are likewise okay and resigned to allowing Obama the win.
Santorum won’t win PA.
However, why does everyone have memory loss when it comes to 2006.
Santorum lost in 2006 for the same reason all the other Republicans that year lost. Conservatives and Republicans in general decided not to show up at the polls and “teach” the GOP a lesson. Even though people like Santorum or George Allen didn’t cause the anger that resulted, they got caught up in it unfortunately when they were up for re-election. Santorum lost because of the boycott + he was running against a native son. That equates to an 18 point blowout that everyone wants to paint on Santorum as proof he isn’t viable. Like it was his fault the voters didn’t show up. He could have done everything right in 2006 and the mood of the conservative voters would have still screwed him.
People need to stop pretending 2006’s loss was due to something on the part of Santorum when it was clearly in fact not. Even George Allen, after being “macaca’ed” should have still won his race, but lost. 2006 was a boycott year.
One of the reasons is that Gingrich would be one of the weakest presidential candidates ever. Obama's smear machine will chew him up and spit him out. He has a sordid past, has historically been unlikeable, even to Republicans let alone independents, and his ties to liberal positions on the most pressing issues of our times will come back to haunt him and will be ammunition for Obama and the media.
I just can't see the general electorate warming up to a candidate Gingrich, especially during a dirty, scandal unveiling a day, campaign.
Sorry, I’m not buying that false dilemma. Besides, if Newt wins the nomination, then enjoy another four years of Obama. Newt has never even won statewide office before.
Newt might actually be useful if he wrote speeches and served as Santorum’s debate coach. As it is, he is just another giant ego mud-wrestling another giant ego.
Santorum is NO paleo conservative, not even close. He's a social conservative with a neocon foreign policy.
I am going to watch the debate tonight, thankfully without huntsman on the stage, and will probably make up my mind then. Snatorum is a great guy and I was hoping he would fare better, but since Iowa, he has become a streetcorner preacher. It’s a bit disconcerting.
In Iowa he did not step up to take on romney for the lying ads against Gingrich, but he jumped right on Gingrich in SC for airing the bain shot at romney as if he was a saint. I don’t want a saint for president. Now we see what his reward from romney has been, haven’t we, Rick?
Now that the lies are airing about him, he thinks that is just so unfair. Well, why was it fair against Gingrich in Iowa then, because Rick, those nasty ads were the only reason you won.
I am pretty upset at ALL of these guys. But G-d ain’t going to send us the perfect candidate no matter how hard we pray.
If we have to choose one or the other, I want the fighter. I want him fighting from the time he opens his eyes in the morning until he closes his eyes at night, and tomorrow, I want him to do it again.
Show me some fight, Rick, or it’s over.
Seeing many reasons here why Romney is unstoppable.
I totally agree. Even if Mittens wins a bunch of states, this Proportional Delegate scheme the RNC has in place keeps 2nd and 3rd place finishers in contention. The GOP designed this thing to keep the Primaries going longer. Why not oblige them. You don't see Paul looking at bailing. He sees this new set up as a strategy to force a brokered convention. Even if Mittens rolls into the Convention with all the delegates he needs, using arcane rules about the 4 Caucus states, a candidate can force a Brokered Convention right off the bat and then all bets are off.
The primaries are over, folks.
Unless Newt and Santorum miraculously join forces somehow, Romney is the GOP nominee (and by implication, Obama wins reelection).
This is it. Mark your calendarsJan 21st, 2012. The de facto date which ushered in 4 more years of Obama.
How is that true? McGingrich would lose badly to Obama, as would Rombama. Why should I pick either of these Moderates pretending to be Conservatives? (Before you try to trot out Newt in 1994, remember the crazy/bad things Newt has done in only the last three years).
Today’s ARG Florida 2012 GOP Primary Poll
Newt Gingrich 34% : )
Mitt Romney 30%
Rick Santorum 10%
Ron Paul 7%
Rick Perry 0% :~(
Mitt Romney 56%
Newt Gingrich 14%
Rick Santorum 8%
Ron Paul 8%
Rick Perry 6%
Newt on Hannity radio show now...
I agree, my only point is that he is not a paleocon. He is a big government social conservative with a noecon foreign policy. Much closer to the neocans then the paleocons. If there is a paleocon in the race it's Paul.
Rick S. is a political walking dead man in Florida.
Stubborness and wanting purity is the problem. Newt’s past which I can look over in stopping the GOP in having another McCain. The people putting all of their hopes in Romney will see that they made a wrong decision. There are all kinds of warnings.
“If you’re a conservative, just look at the polls. I am the only candidate capable of stopping a moderate from winning the nomination,” said Gingrich.