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  • Gingrich launches 30-minute ad in Super Tuesday states

    02/22/2012 11:59:15 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 22, 2012 | Sarah Huisenga
    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, who has recently shifted his focus from the economy to gas prices and energy policy, is set to air a 30-minute speech on those issues in several states that vote on Super Tuesday on March 6. As prices at the pump continue to inch upward, the former House speaker has seized on the issue and blamed President Obama's energy policies as part of the problem. He routinely calls for a new "American energy program" that will allow energy development on federal property and in federally controlled waters. "I think our goal should be simple," Gingrich...
  • Gingrich Draws A Crowd At ORU

    02/21/2012 7:32:43 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 19 replies ^ | 20 Feb 2012 | Yvonne Lewis
    Over 3,000 people crowded the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University, Monday Afternoon to hear from the Republican Presidential contender. Many were in attendance to make sure President Obama doesn't get a second term in Washington. And Newt Gingrich wants to be the man who replaces him. He took several shots at the presidents energy policies. "Let me start with a simple premise that most Oklahomans will understand. you cannot put a gun rack in a volt..." Gingrich said. To most in the audience, Gingrich was a crowd pleaser. Some expressed concern about rising gas prices at the pumps. One...
  • Gingrich coming to Spokane

    02/21/2012 12:06:09 PM PST · by Red Steel · 28 replies · 4+ views
    The Spokesman Review ^ | February 21, 2012; 9:50am
    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will hold a town hall-style forum in Spokane on Thursday, Spokane County Republican Chairman Matthew Pederson confirmed. Details will be released later today, he said. Gingrich is the third GOP presidential hopeful to make a stop in the Inland Northwest. Rick Santorum spoke in Coeur d'Alene last week and Ron Paul held a rally at the Spokane Convention Center on Friday. Mitt Romney's son will visit Spokane Valley this afternoon. Gingrich, despite being from Georgia, has noteworthy ties to Inland Northwest politics that he may or may not dwell on in his visit....
  • Newt speaks to Oklahoma legislature

    02/21/2012 10:05:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    KRMG- News Talk Radio ^ | February 21, 2012 | Dan Potter
    OKLAHOMA CITY — A special guest speaker adressed today's joint session of Oklahoma Legislature. Newt Gingrich only spoke to lawmakers for just over 10 minutes, but his message was focused. He said, "I want to talk about three examples of the change we need." At the top of the list, he touted a movement started by Gingrich and managed by Texas Givernor Rick Perry to strengthen the 10th amendment and return power and tax money to the states. It's something Ronald Reagan tried to do 30 years ago and failed. Gingrich says times have changed. "And there's a lot deeper...
  • Rush Predicts Newt Comeback

    02/21/2012 7:46:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies · 1+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 20, 2012
    ...Telling his listeners that the polls indicated MittRomney would likely lose the Michigan primary, the conservative icon said he wouldn’t be surprised if Romney’s demise gives Gingrich yet another opportunity to be frontrunner. Another great performance by Gingrich in a debate could turn the race around once again, Limbaugh said. “I think there's a possibility of something happening nobody's talking about -- and that's the reemergence of Newt. Keep a sharp eye. Anything's still possible,” Limbaugh said. “If Romney has trouble in Michigan... Now, PublicPolicyPolling is a very liberal polling group out of North Carolina. They say that Romney's gaining...
  • Newt Gingrich: 'Defeating Obama is a matter of national security'

    02/21/2012 3:44:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | February 21, 2012 | JohnThomas Didymus
    Oklahoma City - According to Republican Presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, defeating Obama at the November poll is a matter of urgent national security because he is the "most dangerous president in modern American history." CBS News reports Gingrich said this while discussing the threat of Iran before a large and enthusiastic crowd of about 4,000 people in a basket ball arena at the Oral Roberts University campus on Monday. Gingrich said defeating Obama was " fact, a duty of national security...Because the fact is, he is incapable of defending the United States.” USA Today reports he...
  • Romney's link to firm in [Medicare] fraud case overstated in Newt ad [cleaning up after Mitt]

    02/21/2012 3:02:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Laser Focus World ^ | February 21, 2012
    ........Winning Our Future's claim is more specific. That ad says Romney "supervised," and was not just a "director" of the company. Winning Our Future spokesman Rick Tyler directed us to a recent Forbes article about the issue. Forbes reported much of what was in the Boston Globe, including Romney's defense and what prosecutors said Corning did to uncover the fraud. Forbes wrote "it would be reasonable to conclude that while the illegal activity was going on under Mr. Romney's nose, Romney would, himself, bear only some responsibility for perhaps not being as on top of things as one might hope...
  • Food is Fundamental, Only Don’t Ask Newt Gingrich

    02/20/2012 3:05:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Juvenial Justice Information Exchange ^ | February 20, 2012 | Alecia Newton
    On January 21 Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina Primary. But he did it, in part, by using racist rhetoric, characterizing President Obama as “the best food stamp president in American history.” Since then, he has continued to drive this distortion hoping it will somehow resonate with voters. It’s not likely to work, because most Americans understand that food is fundamental. Presidents do not put people onto the food stamp rolls. People, predominately people with children to feed, become eligible for food stamps. The food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, is a critical safety net for...
  • Fox News Sunday: Newt Gingrich on resurrecting his presidential campaign

    02/20/2012 2:48:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 19, 2012 | Chris Wallace interview with Newt Gingrich
    [SNIP] I'm much prepared to break out of the Washington establishment model. ........WALLACE: You were listing to some of the states. And obviously, you know, it's not only big ideas. It's also political strategy. What does it mean to Mitt Romney if he were to lose his home state and an important swing state of Michigan? GINGRICH: Well, I'd be curious what their rationales would be. Here' the guy who's been running for six years, put in $40 million of his own money last time, has outspent all the rest of us I think by three or four to one...
  • In Georgia, Gingrich Campaigns on Guns and Gas (and God)

    02/19/2012 3:21:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 18, 2012 | Trip Gabriel
    ATLANTA — In every state where he campaigns, Newt Gingrich weaves local issues into his stump speech, and in Georgia he aimed at a sweet spot: “Let’s be clear what this election is all about,” he told supporters. “We believe in the right to bear arms, and we like to bear the arms in our trucks.” His audience burst into laughter and applause. Mr. Gingrich repeated the line during two days of Georgia rallies on Friday and Saturday, where he met large, enthusiastic crowds,.... ....He raised an aggressive argument with President Obama over energy, framing it as a policy disagreement...
  • Newt Photo: Aims, signs, looks – guns on the trail

    02/18/2012 3:34:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | January 6, 2012 | Marcos Townsend
    Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich signs a .306 Ruger American Rifle during a tour of the Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. factory in Newport, New Hampshire January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer
  • Gingrich Places Second in Gwinnett GOP Straw Poll (Mitt distant 4th)

    02/18/2012 11:52:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Patch ^ | February 18, 2012 | Kristi Reed
    Ron Paul finished ahead of Newt Gingrich on Saturday in a straw poll taken during a Gwinnett County Republican meeting in Suwanee, Suwanee Patch reports. Paul collected 115 votes to Gingrich's 73 in voting at Collins Hill High. Finishing third was former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum with 60 votes. Mitt Romney, currently the overall delegate leader among GOP candidates, got 25 votes. During his speech, Gingrich outlined his presidential plans and called President Obama the "most dangerous president in modern American history." The meeting was just one of Gingrich's campaign stops today. Early Saturday morning, Gingrich, along with former candidate...
  • Can Sarah Palin get ’er done? Pros disagree

    02/17/2012 5:15:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | February 17, 2012 | Erin Smith
    The prospect of a brokered Republican convention has reared its head — with the re-emergence of conservative lightning rod Sarah Palin as a GOP savior — as the controversial Alaskan said she’d be willing to “help” if her party can’t choose a nominee ahead of the August rubber- stamp event. But even with the rollicking Republican primary roller coaster looking more like a trainwreck, political experts and players are split over the likelihood of a late-summer nailbiter. Sean Trende of said that if the current trend of stark regional divides continues — with Mitt Romney taking more moderate states,...
  • Does Ryan Now Agree with Gingrich? [And now, here's the rest of the story]

    02/18/2012 1:10:22 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 18, 2012 | Kevin Tharp
    There is a perception lingering about NewtGingrich that he was a critic of PaulRyan's budget plan and therefore a critic of conservative fiscal policy in the House of Representatives. Is that conclusion true? Or is it an oversimplification? Like many misconceptions floating around during a heated political season, it is not true. Let's examine the facts. On April 5, 2011, Representative PaulRyan, the HouseBudgetCommittee chairman, introduced the Republican budget for 2012. Included in that budget was a premium support model for Medicare. This budget was based on a similar plan previously laid out by Ryan called TheRoadmapforAmerica'sFuture. That document had...
  • Newt Gingrich threatens TV stations over [Romney PAC] ad

    02/17/2012 10:12:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | February 17, 2012 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Newt Gingrich’s campaign is threatening to sue TV stations in upcoming primary states that are airing or plan to broadcast an ad from a pro-Mitt Romney super PAC accusing the former House Speaker of supporting the “one-child” Chinese policy that has been criticized as inhumane. The ad in question, which is the work of the Restore Our Future super PAC and is already airing in the former House Speaker’s home state of Georgia, asserts Gingrich “co-sponsored a bill with Nancy Pelosi that would have given $60 million a year to a U.N. program supporting China’s brutal one-child policy.” A letter...
  • Pro-Gingrich PAC’s Radio Ads Slam Romney, GOP Establishment

    02/16/2012 9:46:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 16, 2012 | Alicia Mundy
    The SuperPAC promoting Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is unleashing radio ads Thursday in three key states as well as nationally on popular conservative talk shows. The target of the independent group’s attack ads isn’t Rick Santorum, who has surged to the front of the race, but rather Mr. Gingrich’s favorite nemesis, Mitt Romney, along with the faceless enemy known as the Republican “establishment.” The five ads called “Time to Choose” – two run a full minute, the others go 30 seconds – build on Mr. Gingrich’s own increasingly angry statements in the past two months about the GOP “establishment” and...
  • Gingrich: Winning Michigan Remains a Feasible Goal

    02/16/2012 4:19:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 16, 2012 | Newt Gingrich
    Presidential candidate NewtGingrich says even though rivals RickSantorum and Mitt Romney are currently leading the pack in the important primary state of Michigan — which is also Romney’s home state — the former House speaker has not given up on his chances. Gingrich, who has dumbfounded political pundits before with his repeated surges, also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday that he continues to confidently look to Super Tuesday. “I’ll be in Michigan campaigning next week — we have every reason to believe we’re going to be competing there effectively — and we’re going to have a number of...
  • CREW Calls On Gingrich To Tell DOJ To Release Investigation Records

    02/15/2012 12:41:37 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | February 15, 2012 | TMP Livewire
    The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on Newt Gingrich to tell the Justice Department to release its records of the House Ethics Committee's investigaiton of his conduct. From a news release: "The committee inquiry centered on Mr. Gingrich’s use of tax-exempt organizations for political purposes and he was ultimately sanctioned for making false statements to Congress. The ethics committee forwarded its files to DOJ and the IRS for further action in 1997. Last month, CREW sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to both federal agencies requesting the records. This week, DOJ denied CREW’s...
  • Dear Speaker Gingrich

    02/13/2012 6:18:54 AM PST · by true believer forever · 44 replies
    PolitiJim ^ | February 13, 2012 | PolitiJim
    As I uncovered long buried interviews from your contemporaries in the late 80’s, and then interviews with Paul Weyrich and Pete DuPont, I rediscovered the enormity of what you had accomplished as a young Congressman. I became shocked and angry I didn’t know this and that current conservative leaders didn’t seem to care. Until someone puts themselves back in the era of what was considered a “permanent” minority position, no one today can not comprehend the mental, financial, political and cultural challenge to reversing 40 years of Democrat domination. And you were planning it as a hippy-looking, first term Congressman...
  • Gingrich says he's in the race to stay

    02/13/2012 6:20:22 PM PST · by VinL · 31 replies
    KLTV ^ | 12-13-12 | Foughy
    <p>SOUTH EL MONTE, Calif. (AP) - Republican Newt Gingrich says he's in the presidential contest for the long haul, dismissing calls from rival Rick Santorum and others to drop out.</p> <p>Gingrich spoke to reporters Monday after addressing a Hispanic leadership event near Los Angeles. The former House speaker is spending most of the week in California attending fundraisers.</p>
  • [Georgia/Newt] Tea party support fractured among candidates [Rasmussen: Tea Party = noobies]

    02/13/2012 1:53:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 12, 2012 | Daniel Malloy
    Long before the tea party movement became an American political phenomenon, Newt Gingrich chucked empty produce crates into the Chattahoochee River in Roswell as part of a tax day re-enactment of the Boston Tea Party. The year was 1994, and the Georgia congressman was months away from reaching the apex of his political career as U.S. House speaker. As he now seeks the presidency, Gingrich casts himself as an intellectual forefather of the grass-roots movement that has redefined Republican politics, and as the man best suited to harness its energy against the “establishment” choice, Mitt Romney. So far, tea party...
  • Gingrich ‘flawed, but he’s our guy’

    02/12/2012 2:42:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 89 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 12, 2012 | Craig Schneider
    .........Verniece Zorn, a 70-year-old retired printing company worker, said she made a promise to herself years ago that if Gingrich ever ran for president, she would support him. She liked the newsletters he had sent her as a Georgia congressman. Zorn, who identifies herself as an evangelical Christian, said she has looked beyond Gingrich’s multiple marriages and acknowledged infidelities, and she believes he is the most capable leader in the race. “None of us are perfect. We all have our little hang-ups,” said Zorn, of Stockbridge. “He’s my first choice. I believe he knows more than all of them put...
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Raises Money for Newt Gingrich

    02/12/2012 1:35:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | February 10, 2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    The Houston Chronicle is reporting Texas Gov. Rick Perry is quietly fundraising for Newt Gingrich, the man he endorsed for president when he dropped out of the race. Perry has not made any public speeches on Gingrich's behalf yet. How is Perry raising money for Gingrich? Perry has sent an email to potential donors with the title "Bold Reagan Conservatives." In the email he touted what he believes are Gingrich's conservative qualities, stating that giving his campaign money would send a message to President Barack Obama.
  • Newt’s Plan, Mitt’s Morass - Newt’s boldness trumps Mitt’s meekness

    02/06/2012 1:34:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 6, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    Despite losing Tuesday’s Florida primary, NewtGingrich used his SunshineState effort to showcase his voluntary 15 percent flat tax — 2012’s smartest idea yet, both strategically and substantively. Through the November 6 election, this concept can inoculate Republicans from the Democrats’ ceaseless lies about the wealthy “not paying their fair share” of taxes. And, if implemented, Gingrich’s prescription would reinvigorate America’s feeble economy. Among the barbs that Gingrich and WillardMittRomney traded, the former House speaker made this generous-sounding comment at the January 23 Tampa debate: “I’m prepared to describe my 15 percent flat tax as the MittRomney flat tax,” Gingrich declared....
  • Gingrich’s Speech — How to Make a Bad Night Worse

    02/05/2012 3:49:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 151 replies · 1+ views
    The National Review ^ | February 5, 2012 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Newt Gingrich’s post–Nevada caucus speech included about three minutes of inspired moments about issues and ideas in his usual imaginative and intellectually robust style. So why does he not just stay with that — given that he often seems more dynamic and glib than Romney in his attacks on Obama, and not long ago gained ground despite the attacks against him? Instead, he now turns ad nauseam to the tired reasons why he loses — yes, including lots of Mormons in Nevada — and ends up as Richard Nixon not going to get kicked around any more. But whether he...
  • Mitt Romney’s liberal campaigning tactics

    02/03/2012 7:58:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 39 replies
    The Washington Times Communties ^ | February 3, 2012 | Henry D'Andrea, The Conscience of a Conservative
    PHOENIX, February 3, 2012- Mitt Romney’s win in Florida didn’t happen because the voters felt at heart with Romney’s message and past, but rather the negative onslaught of campaign ads run by the Romney campaign and its allies against Newt Gingrich. An analysis from the Campaign Media Analysis Group (CMAG) shows that 92% of political ads airing during the last few weeks of the Florida primary were negative. It was so negative that CMAG President Ken Goldstein said, "this is the most negative campaign ever." Of all the ads during the Florida primary, 68% were negative toward Newt Gingrich and...
  • The Case for Romney - A president who owes you is better than.....

    02/03/2012 3:38:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 100 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 3, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    The Case for Romney - A president who owes you is better than one who owns you. [BIG snip] Let me try to offer some solace. Even if Romney is a Potemkin conservative (a claim I think has merit but is also exaggerated), there is an instrumental case to be made for him: It is better to have a president who owes you than to have one who claims to own you. A President Romney would be on a very short leash. A President Gingrich would probably chew through his leash in the first ten minutes of his presidency and...
  • Jeffery Lord: Newt Battles Mush From the Wimps

    01/31/2012 4:20:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jeffrey Lord
    .....As it happens, Ronald Reagan himself -- but of course -- long ago addressed just this issue. On December 16, 1976, barely over a month after Gerald Ford rang up yet another loss by a moderate Republican presidential candidate, Reagan -- not happy -- was interviewed by the New York Times. Said Reagan: "We are simply saying, 'What does our party stand for?' If the great majority agrees with the philosophy, and some say it's a philosophy they can't go along with, that's a decision for every individual to make. A political party is not a fraternal order. A party...
  • Five counties key to Florida's presidential primary results

    01/31/2012 2:16:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Tampa Bay - St. Petersburg Times ^ | January 31, 2012 | Adam C. Smith
    TAMPA — Keep an eye on Florida's electoral map tonight, and you'll see that the Republican presidential primary is a tale of two Mitt Romneys. There's 2008 Mitt Romney, who campaigned as the conservative alternative to John McCain and won big in conservative northeast Florida and southwest Florida. He lost the state by 5 percentage points after McCain overwhelmingly won more moderate southeast Florida and dominated the counties along the I-4 corridor that make up about half the electorate. The Mitt Romney of 2012 largely eschews the social conservatism he stressed four years ago and instead focuses on his business...
  • Romney frets Gingrich's attacks could deflate win

    01/30/2012 12:25:59 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 83 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 30, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    Confident of victory in the Florida primaries tomorrow but afraid it might not be big enough to derail challenger Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney's team is moving to play down talk he will win by 10 points or more. "The win will wind up big, but we're not going to get double digits," said a key advisor. Several polls today have Romney's lead increasing to a Real Clear Politics average of 12 percent. Only three of nine of the most recent polls have Romney's lead in single numbers, with the highest being a 20 point lead in a Suffolk University poll...
  • Newt Gingrich [w/ Michael Reagan] tells Jacksonville crowd he's closing the gap against Romney

    01/30/2012 7:14:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    THe Florida Times-Union ^ | January 30, 2012 | Jim Schoettler
    More than 100 people rallied behind former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in downtown Jacksonville this morning as he promised he is closing the gap on rival Mitt Romney in Florida's Republican primary, despite polls showing otherwise. Gingrich appeared in a conference room at the Hyatt with his wife and Ronald Reagan's eldest son, Michael, for a 20-minute speech before leaving about 9:30 a.m. for other parts of the state. It was Gingrich's first public appearance Monday, a day before the primary. "I think we can run a campaign that creates a dramatic choice and that enables us to win a...
  • The Republican Establishment's Strategic Blunder

    01/30/2012 12:08:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 104 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 30, 2012 | Steve McCann
    The RepublicanParty has a tenuous hold on the conservative movement in America. At present the only home for the 40 per cent of the electorate that identify themselves as conservative is the Republican Party, but it appears that those who are nominally identified as the "Republican Establishment" are doing all they can to alienate the vast majority of the current base of the Party. There is no office on ConnecticutAvenue in Washington with a sign reading "The RepublicanEstablishment" or the "The Democratic Establishment"; rather it is an amalgam of like-minded groups with one common interest: control of the government purse-strings....
  • Byron York: In NASA-land, Romney, Gingrich battle over space [What is leadership?]

    01/29/2012 2:40:33 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 29, 2012 | Byron York
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One of the unique things about the Florida primary is that since the state is home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, presidential candidates are required to make at least one substantial statement about American space policy. Newt Gingrich made his statement in a speech in Cocoa Beach on Wednesday, and Mitt Romney answered in an appearance at Cape Canaveral Friday evening. Together, the two speeches present perhaps the most striking contrast of the entire campaign between two strikingly different men. [SNIP] It would be hard to find a more stark contrast between Newt...
  • "The Legitimate Heir of the Reagan Movement, Not Some Liberal From Massachusetts!"

    01/29/2012 2:10:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Slate ^ | January 29, 2012 | David Weigel
    ...."I am not running to make the Wall Street elite and the Washington elite happy," said Gingrich. "I am running to change both groups on behalf of the American people!" ... "The truth is we have been served badly, the American people, by the establishment of this country in both parties. Let's be clear about it. In both parties! It's time someone stood up for hard-working, tax-paying Americans and said, enough! And if that makes the old order uncomfortable, my answer is: Good." Listeners got to hear a detailed pre-history of the Gingrich administration, an hour-by-hour countdown of what he'd...
  • At Packed Rally, Mitt Romney Offers Analysis of Newt Gingrich

    01/29/2012 12:53:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies · 1+ views
    WTMA The Big Talker ^ | January 29, 2012
    NAPLES, Fla.) -- Mitt Romney, offering GOP rival Newt Gingrich an analysis of his drop in support in the Sunshine State, suggested that the former speaker “look in the mirror” when weighing why he may not been resonating with Floridians just two days before the state’s primary. “[Gingrich is] now finding excuses everywhere he can,” said Romney, speaking at an outdoor theater in Naples, where more than 1,000 people came to hear him speak. “He’s on TV this morning going from station to station complaining about what he thinks were the reasons he thinks he’s had difficulty here in Florida...
  • Romney backers at Gingrich events run into political pit bull

    01/29/2012 5:53:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 29, 2012 | Seema Mehta
    Reporting from Port Saint Lucie, Fla.— Dubbed the "proxies with moxie," Mitt Romney's congressional backers have been crashing Newt Gingrich's events to offer a counterpoint to the former House speaker's remarks. It's an unusual tactic to begin with, but their collisions with Gingrich's testy spokesman, R.C. Hammond, have made their sparring into the campaign trail's version of must-see TV. Gingrich said he doesn't mind their presence, which he said is a sign of desperation by Romney. "They send a member of Congress, we send R.C. It's a slight overmatch — R.C.'s a little bit more informed than they are, but...
  • The Calculations That Led Romney to the Warpath

    01/28/2012 3:18:20 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 28, 2012 | JIM RUTENBERG and JEFF ZELENY
    MIAMI — Facing the unthinkable here just seven days ago — a second loss in a row to Newt Gingrich — Mitt Romney’s campaign team hatched a two-part plan to win in Florida: make Newt mad and Mitt meaner. [snip] If Mr. Romney does win here on Tuesday, it will have been through a blistering and unrelenting series of attacks. His campaign has pressed everything at its disposal into service to eviscerate Mr. Gingrich, painting him as an erratic, unreliable Washington insider in mailings and television advertisements, at two critical debates here (where his team made sure Mr. Romney had...
  • Cuban-American Leader: Huge Push for Newt Over Mitt

    01/28/2012 2:21:07 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies · 1+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 28, 2012 | David A. Patten
    Carlos Perez, one of Ronald Reagan's closest Miami advisers and a Radio Mambi talk host who is influential in Florida's Cuban-American community, says there is growing resentment among Hispanics due to “lies and distortions” from GOP candidate Mitt Romney targeting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Perez told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Saturday afternoon that a backlash is brewing against the Romney campaign’s allegation that Gingrich tried to undermine former President Ronald Reagan’s agenda. Perez was a close adviser to President Reagan, and Reagan even acknowledged his Cuban-American friend's achievement during a State of the Union address. “Among Cuban-Americans, you...
  • Newt Gingrich’s final push in Florida centered on pinning ‘dishonest’ label to Mitt Romney

    01/28/2012 1:27:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 28, 2012 | Michael Levenson
    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Newt Gingrich said today he was not happy with his uncharacteristically flat debate performance Thursday night, when he seemed passive despite repeated jabs from a hard-charging Mitt Romney. But he said it was not his fault. “You cannot debate somebody who is dishonest,” Gingrich told reporters. “You just can’t. People say I’m a good debater. I can’t debate somebody who won’t tell the truth.” Gingrich said he was stunned by Romney’s repeated distortions. “A couple of scenes you can go back and replay,” he said. “I was staring in amazement. I know what he’s saying...
  • Blast from the past: Romney uses vintage video to hit Gingrich (charges Newt was cleared of)

    01/28/2012 10:11:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 28, 2012 | Paul West
    CLICKSince Friday morning, the Romney campaign has been beaming an unusual 30-second spot into media markets across the state of Florida. It consists almost exclusively of a vintage video clip from Jan. 21, 1997, the day Newt Gingrich was sanctioned by his House colleagues after an ethics investigation. What makes the ad striking is the content: NBC Nightly News anchor (at the time) Tom Brokaw, is introducing his network's report that evening on Newt's downfall earlier in the day. That's all there is, and the video bite is perfectly sized for a political ad. The Romney researcher who discovered...
  • Florida pro-life event may only hear from Gingrich [No Mitt]

    01/28/2012 9:17:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies · 2+ views
    One News Now ^ | January 28, 2012 | Charlie Butts
    "This is the third [pro-life] event that he has declined to attend," says Mason. "It seems he is not interested in engaging with social conservatives, not interested in defending his apparent pro-life conversions, and not interested in courting those who are pro-life or pro-marriage -- both." [snip] Personhood USA is hosting the third conservative presidential forum in Florida on Saturday...but Newt Gingrich may be the only candidate to speak. The forum, called "Florida Awake," is co-sponsored with Liberty Counsel. Personhood USA president Keith Mason says Mitt Romney will be a no-show again. On Friday, a spokesperson for Personhood USA reported...
  • Space travel emerges as wedge in Florida primary race

    01/28/2012 8:28:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 28, 2012
    .....While Gingrich is floating space-travel plans at a staggering rate -- even for a candidate who's been teased for his frequently "grandiose" proposals -- Romney is proudly tamping down the dream. After ridiculing Gingrich on Thursday for pushing expensive and allegedly outlandish proposals, the former Massachusetts governor on Friday suggested Gingrich was pandering. And, Romney conceded, he does not really have a space plan. Not yet, anyway. Rather, Romney committed to carefully creating one once he's president. "In the politics of the past, to get your vote on the Space Coast, I'd come here and promise hundreds of billions of...
  • Newt Gingrich to Appear at Tea Party Forum in Winter Park Saturday

    01/28/2012 6:44:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 166 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | January 28, 2012 | Kenric Ward'
    Newt Gingrich will attend a presidential candidate forum Saturday in Winter Park, site of a tea party rally. The rally, one of three events by Tea Party Express today, will be held in front of Aloma Church at 1:30 p.m. The church is at 1815 State Road 436. It is also the location for the First Awake! Presidential Candidate Forum and Q&A. So far, Gingrich is the only candidate who has committed to attend. Amy Kremer, head of Tea Party Express, said her group's bus tour, which started in Jacksonville Saturday morning, will make its third and final stop of...
  • Lunar Colonies and Mitt Romney's Incredible Smallness of Vision

    01/28/2012 3:30:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 116 replies
    Yahoo ^ | January 27, 2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    COMMENTARY | During the Republican presidential debate in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday night, the subject of Newt Gingrich's moon colony idea came up. During the exchange, Mitt Romney especially revealed a smallness of vision and an ignorance of the issue. [snip]If Romney wants to know why Gingrich is so focused on the moon, he could go no further than to read Paul Spudis' The Case for Renewed Human Exploration of the Moon" in which the rationale for returning to the moon, not only for science, but also as a prelude to the exploration of the Solar System is examined. Spudis also...
  • Tea Party Leaders Endorse Gingrich: High Risk, Low Reward

    01/28/2012 2:54:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | January 28, 2012 | Kenric Ward
    In throwing their support to Newt Gingrich, a group of Florida tea party leaders risk throwing away their clout and credibility, observers of the movement say. "The Florida Tea Party Coalition With Newt" endorsed the former House speaker on Thursday, saying they would "help defeat Massachusetts Moderate Mitt Romney and then President Barack Obama." “It is clear to me and many others in the tea party movement that Newt is the Reagan conservative that America needs,” said Peter Lee, founder and director of the East Side Tea Party of Orlando. Lee was joined by statewide tea leader Patricia Sullivan, who...
  • Newt ramps up rhetoric

    01/27/2012 6:07:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Daily Commercial - Lake and Sumter Counties News ^ | January 27, 2012 | THERESA CAMPBELL
    MOUNT DORA - Newt Gingrich lashed out Mitt Romney in Mount Dora Thursday, saying the former Massachusetts governor is guilty of lies, desperation and hypocrisy that should make "every American angry." Speaking at the Lakeside Inn before a crowd of about 1,000, the former House speaker said Romney is being fueled by Washington lobbyists and special interest money, as evident by all of the negative advertising hitting the airwaves in Florida. "I am running for president to represent you, not to represent the Washington lobbyists, not to represent Goldman Sachs, not to represent the people who have been ruining this...
  • No Democrat should want a Gingrich nomination (When the Left come out to help GOP battle Newt....)

    01/27/2012 5:30:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 27, 2012 | Robert Reich
    Republicans are worried sick about Newt Gingrich’s ascendance, while Democrats are tickled pink. Yet no responsible Democrat should be pleased at the prospect that Gingrich could get the GOP nomination. The future of America is too important to accept even a small risk of a Gingrich presidency. ....And it’s the flagrant irresponsibility of many of his propositions – for example, that presidents are not bound by Supreme Court rulings, that the liberal Ninth Circuit court of appeals should be abolished, that capital gains should not be taxed, that the First Amendment guarantees freedom “of” religion but not “from” religion. It’s...
  • Byron York: Gingrich: Conservative critics part of DC 'frenzy'

    01/26/2012 1:45:58 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 25, 2012 | Byron York
    MOUNT DORA, Florida -- After an appearance before several hundred Tea Party supporters at a lakeside resort, Newt Gingrich reacted to the latest wave of criticism directed at him from members of the Washington-based conservative establishment. Members of that establishment, he said, are "sitting around in a frenzy, having coffee, lunch, and cocktail hours talking about how do we stop Gingrich." I asked Gingrich to react to a new column by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., longtime editor of The American Spectator in which Tyrrell called Gingrich "conservatism's Bill Clinton" and hinted that Gingrich might be the subject of new allegations...
  • Newt Backed Reagan, Romney Opposed Him

    01/26/2012 11:22:48 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies · 1+ views
    NewsMax ^ | January 26, 2012 | Jim Meyers
    ....Romney supporters have launched a last-minute attack on Gingrich seeking to impugn the former House speaker’s close working relationship with President Reagan and his dedication to Reagan conservatism. But efforts to cast Gingrich as anti-Reagan are doomed to fail, political observers say. “There is something truly obscene about the full-blown assault on NewtGingrich’s strong Reagan conservative history from and on behalf of Mitt Romney, who unabashedly ran away from the Reagan legacy and conservative principles in his 1994 Senate campaign and 2002 gubernatorial campaign,” William A. Jacobson, associate clinical professor at the Cornell Law School, writes on the Legal Insurrection...
  • On Ethics Charges, ‘Gingrich Was Exonerated’

    01/26/2012 9:25:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Janury 26, 2012 | JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Mitt Romney has been attacking Newt Gingrich for alleged ethics violations during his tenure as speaker of the House. But as Byron York writes, the Gingrich ethics scandal was a product of vindictive partisan politics, it was inflamed by a complicit press corps, and it resulted (with little press coverage) in the Clinton-era IRS’s exoneration of Gingrich. York writes: “Before the Iowa caucuses, Romney and his supporting super PAC did serious damage to Gingrich with an ad attacking Gingrich’s ethics past. Since then, Romney has made other ads and web videos focusing on the ethics matter, and at the Republican...