Skip to comments.Newt Gingrich intensifies Deep South strategy, shifting resources to Alabama, Mississippi
Posted on 03/07/2012 10:33:59 AM PST by VinL
Newt Gingrich is canceling campaign events scheduled for Kansas at the end of the week to shore up support in the Deep South. The former House speaker plans to pour his time and resources into Alabama and Mississippi.
Everything between Spartanburg all the way to Texas, those all need to go for Gingrich, said campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.
The candidates bus, his rallies and campaign events will be trained on a southern strategy...
Campaign aides also brushed off suggestions by supporters of Rick Santorum that Gingrich drop out...
All of the logic being used by the Santorum campaign is simply reversed and it could be used on Rick Santorum, Hammond said. Well argue, Santorum is splitting Mitt Romneys moderate vote.
The GOP primary will go on for many more months, Hammond said. Well stick in the race.
In a radio interview Wednesday morning, Gingrich himself made clear that he has no plans to get out of the Republican primary, allowing Santorum to face Romney in a head-to-head match up.
If I thought he was a slam dunk to beat Romney and to beat Obama, I would really consider getting out. I dont, Gingrich said on Bill Bennetts Morning in America radio show Wednesday. I think each of the three candidates has strengths and weaknesses and that this is a very healthy vetting process.
Gingrich described himself as a tortoise moving slowly but steadily toward the nomination as he hailed his victory in Georgia on Super Tuesday.
Gingrich was greeted in Montgomery by an enthusiastic crowd in the downtown Renaissance Hotel, where a banner hung reading Promise of a Newt Day. ...
Gingrich looks at the Republican strongholds of Alabama and Mississippi as Gingrich country places where you can sniff out what a conservative is, Hammond said.
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Tough as nails? Well, trying to get through one of his speeches is as tough as listening to nails on a chalkboard, all right.
I don’t think he’s being paid. I retract that remark. But I do think that pride is getting in the way of Newt’s common sense now. He WILL take enough votes away from Rick to guarantee Lying Liberal Romney an easy road.
If you noticed, Newt’s speech last night was not his finest. Fatigue has led both Rick and Mitt to stammer sometimes, but I think that Rick’s speech last night was quite moving. Mitt’s was boilerplate. Talk about a dull message.
The only conclusion to draw is that those who now accuse Rick of being a "chicken" for declining Newt's latest challenge are themselves, the ones guilty of intellectual cowardice, afraid to confront the reality that Newt had his chance when Rick challenged him, and he turned it down.
No worries- Joe- if that’s want you believe- that’s fine.
It wasn’t Newt’s best, but it had a lot of nice moments and was a nice historical recap of Newt’s primary adventure so far. Rick’s was the definition of boilerplate and was just plain dull. It’s also just a waste of time and pandering to constantly have Rick line up his whole family as props on the stage and talk about them. I’ve never been asked in a job interview about my family and I care as much about hearing about Rick’s family as my job interviewers cared about mine. The presidency is the toughest job in the world and wasting time on his family just makes Rick look smaller and less qualified to me.
Somewhere along the line the space-time continuum was disrupted and we're now in a alternate universe.
I agree that Santorum is tough and a fighter, but what I don't know is if he can lead and accomplish what needs to be done when confronted with the liberal resistance that awaits in Washington. Newt has had that confrontation already and he succeeded greatly. I will go with what I know. It's not a time to break in newbies.
But actually I watched Rick on Greta tonight. And to his credit he did not say when asked that Newt should drop out.
Gingrich would be far more likely to endorse Romney than Santorum.
I believe if Gingrich drops, Santorum will never see another delegate.
>> Im in Mississippi and Im all in for Newt Gingrich and going to see him tomorrow!
Lucky you! It’s an imperative that he gets the nomination.
He’s trailing by one delegate. Be real.
Newt has taught military strategy at War Colleges.
He no doubt realizes where he can win big and where he cannot easily bring in delegates.
That would be my guess.
Yesterday was so painful. Our primary finally arrived, and I couldn’t vote for Newt. Maybe, God willing, I can in November.
The discussion you two are having is a prime example why I never married. Sheesh!
Hmm...I don’t think Gingrich believes Romney is the best candidate, nor will he endorse him before the end of the convention in Tampa.
What Gingrich HAS said, is that any of the four Republican candidates is preferable to BHO2.
I’m with you Onyx, I’m from MS also and support Newt.
[Newt is a better debater than Rick. Rick is a better man than Newt.]
Oh come now. There are many lesser men who have stood in the breach and made a difference when it counted. I think Gingrich is standing pretty tall right now.
Texas is Newt Country!