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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Newt does have the best chance in the comparison you gave.
I see a brokered convention, if this keeps up. GO NEWT!
Best news that I have heard today!
The GOP primary will go on for many more months, Hammond said. Well stick in the race.
Newt is not going anywhere. :-)
Newt actually has a better chance between the two.
Wouldn’t live anywhere else! :-)
Thanks! I don’t mean to be nosy, just curious. :)
How does it look for Newt where you are?
He wins there or he's done.
Rick, should challenge Newt to a one-on-one debate based on his ideas and visions for the conservative movement.
I completely agree!
His only point now is to nominate Romney. He’s a smart man, and he knows that it’s OVER for him. This ostensible “strategy” is preposterous, and it’s clear now that he’s all about himself, and his position in the Romney campaign. Just like Ron Paul. Screw him! Bob
A brokered convention will only happen if Newt departs, and lets Santorum face the Liberal Liar Romney one-on-one. Mitt is praying for Newt to stay in, or maybe *paying* him. Bob
OHHhh you MUST ping the list! I want to hear all about it!!!
All of the logic being used by the Santorum campaign is simply reversed and it could be used on Rick Santorum,
I agree with this statement.
Understood. But, on the other end, he’ll know in a week. He will either win Ala and Miss- or he won’t. Senseless, at this point, after a year’s campaigning, to not give it one more week- especially where these are arguably his best states.
You can see his view, right?
I agree, I don’t think Newt’s campaign has been well managed at all.
I am trying to figure out a different system for these primaries and thought using the elector college would be way better then the system they have now. I would require all 50 states mandatory must vote for the candidates and nobody is named nominee until after the 50th states. However, using this system does not work either because the numbers are awful.
Using the electoral college:
Romney gets 133
Santorum gets 58
Newt gets 23
Interesting. I don’t like “winner take all contests”, or attempts to shorten the primary season. I think both favor big money, and favor establishment candidates.
Irrespective of whether Santorum or Gingrich win MS and AL, having both of them running will guarantee that neither will get 50%+1 of the vote, and thus the states’ delegates will be allocated proportionally instead of winner-takes-all, allowing Romney to win delegates in both states. If Gingrich drops out, Santorum would get over 50% of the vote in each state and Romney would get 0 delegates.
Santo can drop out and Gingrich gets 50% of the vote.
That would be great, if one wants Santorum as president.
We’ll be out of town or we would go see him in Desoto county. GO NEWT!
It goes both ways. Santo drops out and Gingrich becomes president.
Your theory is all wet.
I would venture to say, that would count for MOST of us.
No, it’s only a matter of personal pride to him right now. We have a country to save. Even IF he is able to snatch victories from Rick, Newt will have 4 states, and that will be the end of the line. Thanks much, Newt! Bob
Read his website. I thought that his speech was great, and full of reasons to vote for him, and against Romney and the Punk. Bob
Newt should run to be the second President of the CSA.
Not sure about you, but for me, it was his blatant hostility towards the "liberatarian" element in the party that got me. Heck, I posted a Reagan speech where he said that (small "l") "libertarianism", in contrast to the more extreme positions of the Libertarian Party, is really the heart of conservatism. Yet Santorum openly despises even that small "l" libertarianism.
I'll vote for him if he's the nominee, but that's it. And my vote there won't matter anyway because he'd get crushed.
Absolutely true. I am terrified of the possibility that Rick Santorum could be POTUS. He has absolutely no leadership experience, he is a follower not a leader. His thought process is elementary and lacks any originality. He seems intimidated when interviewed. He would buckle in a crisis. I know I will be bruised, but since he and Romney both have issues of “selling out,” I will take Romney because of his business experience and leadership. Keep in mind, I am Newt all the way, I am from Ohio, already voted. But if my choice was Romney or Santorum........sorry.
Well, can’t say that I don’t empathize with you- I felt the same way after rick lost big in NH,SC, Fla and Nev- and refused to honorably drop out in favor of the conservative frontrunner.
Santo absolutely puts me to sleep - VERY BORING! I know he effects MANY of the GOP activists (that I know) in CA the same way.
Reaction against Haley Barbour could tilt MS to Santorum, but I don’t know. I believe one of the Barbours is for Romney.
Newt could campaign in AL and MS on how he convinced Reagan to sign King Day into law. He could leave out the part about being for Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1968.
Yeah, I'm a single issue voter, my issue is "anyone but the socialist Mittens" in the primary!
The damage has been done to the GOP already and Mittens as the party choice this time around would be the final nail in the coffin of the "conservative" party.
I disagree. They’ll split the vote and allow Romney to take some of the winner take all states, which will make Romney a lock. They need to meet privately and decide who remains as the Presidential candidate and who will be the VP. Both sides are making good points but as long as this Mexican stand-off continues, the only winner will be Romney.
Chuck Norris came with Huckabee to TN and Huckabee won here...
Newt should have been in TN early BEFORE early voting started on Feb 15...
I didnt even get a yard sign till last week..
When early was almost over...
Of the early voting in my county...4500+ voted way down from 2008
about 2500 went to Rick, 1500 went to Romney, 941 for Newt a few for Ron Paul...
of course Romney started his ugly phone calls early too..
but he was dissing Rick and not Newt...
Opening the campaign offices here earlier than last week would have helped lot too...
It was WAY too early then, as future races have borne out. NOW, remaining in the race makes Newt seem small. The die has been cast, and deep down Newt knows it. It’s over, and I want to see ONE fearless candidate put pressure on Mitt right through August. Mitt can’t be trusted.
Aside from Ga, Newt had a HORRIBLE Super Tuesday.
I care 0.000 about the candidates personal lives. I will start worrying about that when Liberals start worrying about the personal lives of people like Bill BJ Clinton and Barney Frank. What does bother me is the liberal lite records of Romney and Santorum.
Also it bothers me that one of the candidates follows a man made cult religion that tells him that he is a god. Our current WH occupant already thinks he is a god. Do we want more of this? I think not.
So I am disregarding all personal baggage and focusing on who can lead. I have no first hand knowledge of Romney or Santorum leading anything. I do have first hand knowledge of what Newt Gingrich accomplished as Speaker of the House and it is damned impressive. I firmly believe that Newt is the the man that this nation needs to lead us back to our full potential. He gets my vote.
Then, your guy should have no trouble defeating him.
There’s no way that Santorum can beat BO in the debates.
It is downright silly to call Rick “liberal lite”. Point to ONE liberal who endorses Santorum based upon his record in Congress. NO ONE on this site can name a single one. People are too easily BS’d by Romney’s millions of negative ads, including scores of folks here.
Rick is tough and fearless one on one, and he would scare the crap out of the Communist in a debate, and make a fool and liar out of him.
My prediction: There will either be NO debates, or ONE short one. Bob
You are obviously in love. <B
Newt’s 15-20% of the votes in most states would put Rick in the victory column. Many Newt voters still don’t get the big picture, and that picture glaringly shows that Newt is toast. Everyone here knows it. Bob
I for one am not anti-Rick. I am Pro-Newt.
With Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and California to go? Get back to me, please, after that.