Skip to comments.Gingrich: Romney didn't deserve congrats (CNN VIDEO- NEWT -2 min)
Posted on 02/03/2012 2:54:28 PM PST by VinL
In some of his harshest words yet, Newt Gingrich explained Friday why he didn't call rival Mitt Romney after the former Massachusetts pulled a decisive Florida primary victory earlier in the week.
Pointing to Romney's post-South Carolina campaign strategy, which turned noticeably negative against the former House speaker, Gingrich said Romney didn't earn any kudos.
"They outspent me five to one to quote destroy Newt Gingrich?" Gingrich said in an interview on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "You know, I think that doesn't deserve congratulations. I think that's reprehensible, I think it's dishonest, and I think it's shameful."
Gingrich took heat over not making the call after Romney's win on Tuesday, given that the former Massachusetts governor had congratulated Gingrich for his South Carolina win just 10 days prior.
Meanwhile, Romney's other rivals, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul, both picked up the phone on Tuesday.
"The other candidates all called, but I guess Speaker Gingrich doesn't have our phone number," Romney said Wednesday on NBC's "Today."
While campaigning ahead of Nevada's Saturday caucuses, Gingrich has largely maintained that Romney's full-throated attack strategy in Florida would come back to haunt him, arguing that voters prefer a positive campaign.
"Pretty hard to see how somebody is going to negatively carpet-bomb their way to the nomination," Gingrich said Friday on CNN. "Pretty hard to see how that nomination is going to be worth much if that's all they've got to show for themselves."
The candidate said he had no regrets over not making the traditional phone call.
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I guess I didn’t realize candidates actually call each other after each Primary and congratulate the winner? seems stupid to me. Such congrats should be reserved for the end
IF he is the nominee, the GOP will lose both houses AND the Presidency.
And the GOP knows it.
Poor sport spoiler Romney doing what he does best:
"Despite outspending his rivals by huge margins throughout the primaries,
(Mitt Romney, Carpetbagger UT,CA,MA,NH,Mexico) lost Iowa, South Carolina, Florida and California.
The only primaries he won were in Michigan, where Dad was governor; LDS states;
and a few states on Super Tuesday in which his California-obsessed rivals
couldn't spare the cash to advertise.
Only John Connolly in 1968 had a worse cash-to-delegates ratio.
And John McCain rightly did not like Romney's tactics during the primaries.
(W)hen (Romney's early leads) started slipping away, he resorted to unfair,
distorted, scorched-earth negative ads, betting that his opponents couldn't
afford to spend enough for the truth to catch up to his charges."
[Romney: A Mistake for McCain, 7/23/2008, Dick Morris]
Perhaps Newt just like many others and isn't a masochist and doesn't want to listen to the Romney plastic, suitable for all occasions, phony baloney smiley faced cartridged retort.
“romey... this is newt. About today... FU you rat bastid! I challenge you to a two hour debate... to be moderated by Mark Levin. Why if you were here now... I would give you a magic wedgie”
Didn’t Gingrich know that Romney had more money from the start? What did he think was going to be done with it, just print signs and banners? I don’t hear any of the other candidates bringing up Romney’s coffers as an excuse for losing a primary. Focus on the substance of the ads, not the money used to buy them.
The boss won’t agree with you pal......get out of here!
Focus on the substance of the ads, not the money used to buy them.
I disagree- with Romney- focus like a laser beam on the money— the ill gotten gains.
IBTZ, it was nice knowing you. (-:
I would like to see Newt start IGNORING Romney,,ie, when asked why he didn’t call him..to just say NOTHING in response to the question! It would drive the Mittens camp crazy.
The opposite of love is not hate. It’s indifference.
Newt needs to keep his head up and not play in to the Mittens traps.
When I saw Romnuts on FNC, saying that Newt’s attacks on HIM were “sad and pathetic”...I wanted to throw my shoe through the TV. Who is desperate? Who is pathetic?
If I break all my TVs, least then I won’t have to look at Mr. Bushy Brows anymore.
And best of all, I won’t have to watch the Super Bowl, which is supposed to have my Packers playing in it. :-)
He’s right but this isn’t helpful, especially since Newt is already being called a sore loser for whining about the winner-take-all in FL since he’d never question it had he won.
I just don’t think this serves any purpose.
I am not against spending money... and I do not hold it against anyone for being successful and becoming rich... GOD bless them! What disgusts me most is how stupid republican voters are and how easily they can be swayed by repetition... even when it is lies... and how they truly are just sheep being herded.
The majority of American voters are just as stupid as politicians and the left think that we all are. Conservatives see the truth and we all know instinctively when something and/or someone is opposed to our foundational tenants. santorum and newt are disgusting examples of politicians that play a part to win office. The old run to the right during the primary and run to the middle in the general. The problem is that all three men run to the right and then run to the left... and then run to the right and then back to the left again... time after time. Rush talked about this Thursday.
Americans are sick of this crap... we long for truth, honor and someone that will wade into obama and the rats like Patton drove through through Sicily.
Are you serious? romney and his coffers and coughers tried to murder Gingrich. They did everything but actually put a bullet in his back.
It was sadistic, dishonest, and romney was gleeful. Only a fool would have congratulated him for that. santorum shouldn’t have congratulated him either if he had any kind of conscience...which he obviously doesn’t.
Reminds me of the little tantrum the Salamander had after Slick Willy put him in the back of Air Force 1. “Thin skinned” is something I don’t want in a President, and I don’t expect from a life long politico.
Bishop Romney and the Mormons are trying to buy the White House.
you got that right. the Mormons are rejoicing in spending 17 millions buck to get there Bishop nominated!
Romney hitting Newt for not congratulating him is is like Tonya Harding calling Nancy Kerrigan classless for not congratulating her.
It’s Romney that’s think-skinned and whining. “WAAAA!!! Newt didn’t call me!!!”
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