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Gingrich: Romney didn't deserve congrats (CNN VIDEO- NEWT -2 min)
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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


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1 posted on 02/03/2012 2:54:28 PM PST by VinL
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2 posted on 02/03/2012 2:57:06 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: VinL

One is just as bad as the other.


3 posted on 02/03/2012 3:00:55 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: VinL

I have no problem with Newt not calling Mitt. What would he say? “Congratulations on destroying me personally in this primary?”

However, I think that Newt has to develop a thicker skin and appear more magnanimous.


4 posted on 02/03/2012 3:01:18 PM PST by CASchack
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To: VinL
Some people cannot take the truth.

There is no law in place says that he ( or the others) had to call Romney.

If he had caved in to call him, he would made his positions that Romney crucified in untruthful ads as irrelevant.

5 posted on 02/03/2012 3:01:31 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: VinL

In before the Romnoids tell Newt to stick to the issues.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 3:01:48 PM PST by toddausauras (The)
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To: VinL

New tagline.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 3:04:24 PM PST by La Enchiladita ("I'm not angry at all!!")
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To: moonshinner_09

RLY? Thanks for your input, troll.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 3:04:40 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: moonshinner_09

Walk in someone shoes then say that.

Let’s get you on the campaign.


9 posted on 02/03/2012 3:04:58 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: VinL
GO NEWT!!!
10 posted on 02/03/2012 3:05:18 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: VinL

Romney complaining about not getting his congratulatory phone call while wearing an inappropriate smile looked pretty squirrely to me. He sounded like a jilted teenage girl.


11 posted on 02/03/2012 3:06:46 PM PST by skeeter
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To: CASchack
However, I think that Newt has to develop a thicker skin and appear more magnanimous.

You mean like George W. Bush, who never once responded to the lies and vitriol continually dumped on him by the Democrats and the media? What did that get him, besides approval ratings in the toilet? Same with McCain.

Nuts to that. I am more impressed with Newt because he is willing to call it like he sees it, and in this case (as in many other cases) he was right.

And by the way, his speech after his loss was very magnanimous.

12 posted on 02/03/2012 3:07:35 PM PST by Maceman (Obama: As American as nasei goreng)
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To: VinL

Congratulate him for what—running dishonest lies night and day


13 posted on 02/03/2012 3:08:07 PM PST by uncbob
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To: VinL
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14 posted on 02/03/2012 3:09:22 PM PST by newheart (What this country needs is a good dose of bran. Attack Muffins Unite!)
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To: Maceman
You mean like George W. Bush, who never once responded to the lies and vitriol continually dumped on him by the Democrats and the media?

Sad wasn't it
15 posted on 02/03/2012 3:09:28 PM PST by uncbob
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To: toddausauras

I’ll speak up for Newt.

1 I didn’t know you have to call the winner after each and every primary.

2 Am I correct Romney came out very early with a victory speech, not giving Gingrich a chance to concede first? Maybe I missed it.

3 On many of these issues Romney is given an unfair break when he starts the trouble. He started the whole Bein thing by attacking Newt for working for Fannie/ Freddie. But the pundits all said that was “different”. Newt had to back off I don’t think he deserved the criticism.

Do I think Newt is making a mistake by saying Romney didn’t deserve a phone call? I think so but we’ll see.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 3:12:19 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: Maceman
You mean like George W. Bush, who never once responded to the lies and vitriol continually dumped on him by the Democrats and the media? What did that get him, besides approval ratings in the toilet? Same with McCain. Nuts to that. I am more impressed with Newt because he is willing to call it like he sees it, and in this case (as in many other cases) he was right. And by the way, his speech after his loss was very magnanimous.

I totally agree with you. How anyone could listen to Newt's speech and not be inspired and uplifted is beyond imagination. Meanwhile, Robme is speaking in meaningless platitudes much like 0bama.

17 posted on 02/03/2012 3:14:06 PM PST by vortigern
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To: Maceman

No.... definitely not like W. There should be a balance, as there already is a preconception about “angry” Newt which is promulgated by the MSM and will probably cause damage as time goes on. I really meant this with an eye to the general election.

I saw the speech. It was great. I already voted for Newt, and I want the chance to vote for him again in November.


18 posted on 02/03/2012 3:21:16 PM PST by CASchack
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To: moonshinner_09

No. Romney is a liberal. And a lying one at that. If the only way that one can win is by lying, what have they won? The top prize as being the dirtiest player? Is that REALLY a “winner”?


19 posted on 02/03/2012 3:24:30 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: VinL

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


20 posted on 02/03/2012 3:26:02 PM PST by plain talk
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To: VinL

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


21 posted on 02/03/2012 3:26:02 PM PST by plain talk
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To: VinL
Romney is a backstabbing SOB.

IF he is the nominee, the GOP will lose both houses AND the Presidency.

And the GOP knows it.

"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"


Poor sport spoiler Romney doing what he does best:

Novak: "Fred Thompson drop-out rumors traced to Romney campaign"

Said Novak: "The rumors were traced in part to Mitt Romney's campaign,
trying to stir up strife between McCain and Thompson
."


"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]

22 posted on 02/03/2012 3:27:37 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: VinL
..., but I guess Speaker Gingrich doesn't have our phone number," Romney said Wednesday on NBC's "Today."

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.

23 posted on 02/03/2012 3:27:56 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: VinL
The conversation that SHOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE!

“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”

LLS

24 posted on 02/03/2012 3:28:51 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: VinL

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.


25 posted on 02/03/2012 3:29:39 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: moonshinner_09; Jim Robinson; 50mm; onyx; TheOldLady

The boss won’t agree with you pal......get out of here!

IBTZ.......Troll


26 posted on 02/03/2012 3:33:32 PM PST by mmanager (Reagan Revolution + Republican Revolution = Bury Obama in 2012 - Go Newt!)
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To: skr

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.


27 posted on 02/03/2012 3:36:07 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: moonshinner_09

IBTZ, it was nice knowing you. (-:


28 posted on 02/03/2012 3:38:59 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: VinL

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. :-)


29 posted on 02/03/2012 3:40:43 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Awaken Oh America...)
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To: VinL

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.


30 posted on 02/03/2012 3:43:09 PM PST by bigbob
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To: skr
I don't know... with the dire conditions we face in our future... I find it almost insufferable to watch someone buy the presidency again... I had to endure that in 2008 and I find it actually sickens me physically when I see it happening now.

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.

LLS

31 posted on 02/03/2012 3:44:23 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: skr

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.


32 posted on 02/03/2012 3:44:43 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: VinL

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.


33 posted on 02/03/2012 3:45:26 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: VinL
"The other candidates all called, but I guess Speaker Gingrich doesn't have our phone number," Romney said Wednesday on NBC's "Today."

What a whiny, self-absorbed little girl.

This is Mr. "Inevitable"?

This is the guy the GOP-E wants us to vote for?
34 posted on 02/03/2012 3:46:05 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: skr
What goes around comes around, Obama has a whole lot more money than Romney, and it is going to be scorched earth carpet bombing for Romney 24/7. Too bad Romney has nothing positive going for him, he has alienated not only a significant portion of his base but has made enemies of GOP leaders such as Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. He is sure going to need their help to combat Obama, but I don't think they will be very enthusiastic about coming to his rescue.
35 posted on 02/03/2012 3:53:03 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: skr
What goes around comes around, Obama has a whole lot more money than Romney, and it is going to be scorched earth carpet bombing for Romney 24/7. Too bad Romney has nothing positive going for him, he has alienated not only a significant portion of his base but has made enemies of GOP leaders such as Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin. He is sure going to need their help to combat Obama, but I don't think they will be very enthusiastic about coming to his rescue.
36 posted on 02/03/2012 3:53:23 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: VinL

Bishop Romney and the Mormons are trying to buy the White House.


37 posted on 02/03/2012 3:58:44 PM PST by ardvaark1965
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To: CASchack

you got that right. the Mormons are rejoicing in spending 17 millions buck to get there Bishop nominated!


38 posted on 02/03/2012 3:58:52 PM PST by ardvaark1965
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To: VinL

Romney hitting Newt for not congratulating him is is like Tonya Harding calling Nancy Kerrigan classless for not congratulating her.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 4:02:38 PM PST by OHelix
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To: PzLdr

It’s Romney that’s think-skinned and whining. “WAAAA!!! Newt didn’t call me!!!”


40 posted on 02/03/2012 4:03:02 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: OHelix

That’s very good! -:)


41 posted on 02/03/2012 4:04:33 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: bigbob

I just don’t think this serves any purpose.
*************
I think right about the potential of the “sore loser” tag. But, I think the purpose it serves for Newt is he wants to create controversy; he wants the media to know that he’s committed to going forward;and Romney to know that he
is no where near ready to assent to his coronation


42 posted on 02/03/2012 4:10:35 PM PST by VinL (It is better to suffer every wrong, than to consent to wrong.)
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To: PzLdr
Thin-skinnned Aka politically correct, okay? Not. Can we have grown up time. Let men be men not PC idols.
43 posted on 02/03/2012 4:11:04 PM PST by Christie at the beach
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To: VinL

I can imagine that if the liberal media thought Gingrich needed a smack-down, they’d just compare this to the time Gingrich was put on the back of Air Force One.

That they don’t suggests to me that at this moment, they have no desire to damage Newt Gingrich. They are having too much fun with Romney “I don’t care about the poor” (like they once did with their misleading quote of Newt about Medicare “Withering on the Vine.”


44 posted on 02/03/2012 4:11:04 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CASchack

Newt might have to develop thicker skin. However, I am glad he didn’t call Romney. I think it is this type of stupid stuff like this, that help create the ruling class we are in today. Maybe, right now there isn’t time for the phoney protocall, and focus on issues. Seems like Newt is more focused on his campaign and the country, while Romney is focused on protocall. Newt might look like a baby, and can handle this better, but I would be tempted to do the same exact thing.


45 posted on 02/03/2012 4:13:31 PM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: VinL

Thank you. I think it is EXACTLY like that, and Newt is right that it’s shameful, dishonest, reprehensible, and doesn’t deserve congratulations.

Romney is as evil for attacking Newt on that point as Harding would have been had she done the same to Kerrigan.

I hope people with more influence than me will make a point to express that to the public at large.


46 posted on 02/03/2012 4:13:59 PM PST by OHelix
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47 posted on 02/03/2012 4:22:00 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God: Newt, and Sarah will be right next to you.)
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To: Williams

Newt knew the winner take all was being challenged....Newt at this very moment is ahead in the tally....Bet you didn’t know that...The MSM hasn’t covered that little fact.


48 posted on 02/03/2012 4:24:46 PM PST by hoosiermama (Stand with God: Newt, and Sarah will be right next to you.)
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To: PzLdr; Jim Robinson

“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.”

On an earlier thread, you said;

“I won’t vote for Gingrich because he has no honor, no self-discipline or organization, and because , aside from the positions he’s taken on things like global warming, I think of him as the A.D.D candidate. He’s all over the place, all the time.”

I find no thread where you have a favorite candidate - maybe I missed it? Maybe Jim Rob can find one.


49 posted on 02/03/2012 4:25:42 PM PST by Marcella (Newt will smash Hussein in debates. Newt needs money.)
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To: DJ MacWoW; PzLdr
Post 29 A little honesty is always helpful, but almost always missing.
50 posted on 02/03/2012 4:30:36 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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