Gingrich: Romney’s a liar, isn’t he?

posted at 11:00 am on January 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Newt Gingrich is a man of his word after all, or at least the latest version of his word.  Initially, Gingrich insisted that he would not “go negative” against his opponents, and even warned third-party PACs to stay positive or else.  After getting hammered in Iowa, Gingrich changed his mind last week and decided that he would start “drawing a contrast” in the campaign between himself and Mitt Romney — and did so by accusing Romney of trying to buy the election and calling him a robot.  Today, Gingrich decided to draw a contrast by calling Romney a liar:

O’DONNELL: “You scolded Mitt Romney, his friends who are running this Super PAC that has funded that, and you said of Mitt Romney, ‘Someone who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president.’ I have to ask you, are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?”

GINGRICH: “Yes.”

O’DONNELL: “You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?”

GINGRICH: “Well, you seem shocked by it! Yes. I mean, why – “

O’DONNELL: “Why are you saying he is a liar?”

GINGRICH: “Because this is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC – it’s baloney. He’s not telling the American people the truth.”

Hey, not to rain on Gingrich’s parade, but how is that different than any other PAC or super-PAC?  I’m pretty sure that Gingrich-supporting PACs aren’t run by disinterested strangers, nor are those for Rick Perry or any of the other candidates in the race. That’s a problem in the structure of the campaign finance regulations that impose artificial divisions on contributions. If those were removed, the same money would flow into these races, but the candidates themselves would be responsible for its use instead of hiding behind PACs and super-PACs — and that includes Newt Gingrich.

As I’ve written earlier, there is nothing wrong with so-called “negative” campaigning. Candidates should draw contrasts between their positions and those of their opponents, and their records as well.  As long as that is being done honestly, there is nothing wrong or dishonorable about it; in fact, that’s why we have primaries.  Gingrich chose to eschew that strategy and now wants to claim some kind of victimization because the rest of the field chose not to follow in his footsteps.  On top of that, Gingrich has descended to name-calling, which looks more like a dog-in-the-manger ploy than a way to gather support in the few short hours before Iowa voters trudge to precincts tonight.  A confident candidate wouldn’t have sunk to the level of this conversation the morning of a caucus.


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We all knew Newt would crash and burn at some point. This is where his arrogance and poor preparation has brought him.

I for one am not surprised.

JohnGalt23 on January 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

“Adulterer!! Callista!!! Couches!!”

-CsdevHollowpoMJbrutMittbott

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

What has Romney, Paul, Perry, Bachmann or Santorum say about Newt Gingrich that is not true?

Falz on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

**Inhales* I love the smell of the Gingrich desperation on the morning of the Iowa caucus!

Expect Gingrich to flip flop on his nicey-nice pledge once again when this line of attack sends his numbers plummeting even further and has zero effect on Romney.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Any politician calling a fellow politician a liar is a redundancy that reminds me what I know about all politicians.

Drained Brain on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

newt isn’t handling the pressure very well… he’s losing it… good that we get to see the side of Newt that has everyone so concerned

gatorboy on January 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Let’s just “draw a contrast” with the Liar-in-chief, El Presidente Downgrade instead.

Chip on January 3, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Dumb, just plain dumb. Maybe he doesn’t really want to be president. I am not a Romney fan but I can tell he really wants to win. Same with Santorum. Same with Paul and Bachman. I see that in Huntsman and Perry as well. I don’t sense that with Newt.

scalleywag on January 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Gingrich insisted that he would not “go negative” against his

Actually he insisted his ads would not go negative.

He didnt say he would tell the truth about how horrible Romney is.

The worst person to nominate is ROMNEY. He can NOT hit Obama on Obamacare with any effectiveness. because of O’Romneycare

He tries to now , but he sounds idiotic ……..and a liar

LeeSeneca on January 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

“Adulterer!! Callista!!! Couches!!”

-CsdevHollowpoMJbrutMittbott

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

That is the basic logic of a Mittbot.

They don’t care that Romney is a liar… they only respond “Newt did something bad too.”

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Seems like Gingrich really thought that he would win the GOP nomination, poor guy.

Falz on January 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Future Mitt Romney ad.

It opens with Newt calling Mitt a liar.

Next it shows Newt saying Fannie and Freddie execs should be jailed.

Next-it shows Newt saying he was a historian for fannie and freddie.

Next- it shows where Newt got 1.6 million from ffannie and freddie.

Next- then it says-Now who’s the liar

gerrym51 on January 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Expect Gingrich to flip flop on his nicey-nice pledge once again when this line of attack sends his numbers plummeting even further and has zero effect on Romney.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Laugh it up now csdeven because I guaran-damn-tee you that your guy Romney will be flipping like a flounder in the general on many, many issues.

KickandSwimMom on January 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

newt isn’t handling the pressure very well… he’s losing it… good that we get to see the side of Newt that has everyone so concerned

gatorboy

You can say it over and over but it still doesn’t make it true

You can tell Obama is lying each and everytime he ahhs and uhhs

You can tell Romney is lying when he starts to stutter and oddly move his arms about.

Obama is a better liar than Romney

LeeSeneca on January 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Newt knows at this point he’s not going to be the nominee, but he is determined to get his revenge before he flames out. That’s his prerogative.

KickandSwimMom on January 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

If this two minute hate runs over, I’ll have to reschedule my entire workday.

Skandia Recluse on January 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

So everyone has PACs to do their dirty work and Newt points it out. And he is a villain, why? If it doesn’t say “I approve this message” at the end, I would venture to say that many don’t realize the affiliation. Fifty-two percent of the public elected Obama, I’m not impressed at what they might understand.

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

*just posted this in the comments of the other thread*

Let’s face it, Gingrich is right.

Romney’s acting no different than Obama did during the 2008 primary where he watched (and I believe directed) attacks against Hillary while acting as if they weren’t happening. This behavior is reprehensible; not only because it portrays a punk thug, but also its evidence of scheming tendencies.

bloghooligan on January 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Newt made a mistake by relying in decency in the political process between Repubs…but Newt is exactly correct, Romney is a liar

How is telling the truth about someone negative campaigning?

And why are you now chastising Newt for negative campaigning when Romney has been doing it all along and lying about it?

Why do you give Romney a pass?

The bottom line is that Romney is a sure loser to Obama…conservative and people in general don’t like him because he represents the crony capitalists that steal money from the taxpayers so that their fatcat Wall Street friends dont lose money on their portfolios.

Romney is not only liar, but he is also the kind of creep that shuts down companies so that he and is rich friend can feed on the carcass like vultures while the business the employees are thrown under the bus.

georgealbert on January 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

When you’re losing you flail. And sometimes you land a lucky punch. That’s why we have primaries. And 2 months from now, if your opponent is still trying to pick himself up off the ground, it won’t matter if you delivered a deliberate roundhouse or got lucky. The question isn’t “everybody does it with their super-PACS, including Newt,” but, whatever he does with his, is Newt right about Romney’s?

Comparing himself to John Paul Jones at the Battle of Flamborough, Newt declared, “I have not yet begun to flail!”

de rigueur on January 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

KickandSwimMom on January 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Works for me! Romney should consider this his training for the real match.

Cindy Munford on January 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You don’t have to watch the clip now. You’ll be watching it continuously courtesy of the Democrats between now and the election.

Drained Brain on January 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Did Romney put that in a newsletter?

Chip on January 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Newt is toast methinks

cmsinaz on January 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Ugly. The ugly candidate reveals his deep inner ugly.
Over-rated. not half as smart as he thinks.
History. Newt.

Romney should respond with something Andy of Mayberry-ish funny.
Zany being Zany.
well goll-eeeee

PaleoRider on January 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This is sad… So many other ways to attack your competitors (within your own party) without calling them “Liar.” how could either one eventually announce support for the other once the primaries have decided the nominee?

Echotier on January 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

That is the basic logic of a Mittbot.

They don’t care that Romney is a liar… they only respond “Newt did something bad too.”

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Basic Logic of an Anti-MittBot:

Romney BAD! Romney BAD! Changed positions! Flip-Flopper! Magic Underwear! MAGIC UNDERWEAR!!! Romney BAD!! RomneyCare! ROMNEYCare!!! Taxachusettes Moderate!! Romney Bad!!! Not a real CONSERVATIVE!! Romney BAAD!!

Blah Blah Blah….

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

This is the Newt we remembered from the 90′s. The guy the republicans booted out of the speakership and voted for penalties aned sanctions. He called them names too.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Laugh it up now csdeven because I guaran-damn-tee you that your guy Romney will be flipping like a flounder in the general on many, many issues.

KickandSwimMom on January 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Who cares? The establishment GOP will have done their job and gotten rid of the real conservatives in favor of the guy they know will lose to Obama!

/

Good gravy…..you people are a precious bunch!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I think it might be better to question the integrity of Republicans who need to trash Reagan’s 11th commandment in order to win.

Speakup on January 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

The term lying politician is a redundancy, Newt. Tell us something new.

a capella on January 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Well, looks like the Mitt attack bots have been let loose on the threads for damage control. Time for me to go run some errands.

KickandSwimMom on January 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

GINGRICH: “Because this is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC – it’s baloney …”

Ed, I wish you’d fact-check the truth of this statement, as Gingrich’s point hinges on it — to what degree does Romney pretend he has nothing to do with the PAC? And is that a lie?

As you write about Gingrich himself,

“Gingrich insisted that he would not “go negative” against his opponents, and even warned third-party PACs to stay positive or else.”

Newt seems to be saying, “I warned MY PACs not to go negative, even though I later changed my mind. So Mitt, it’s in your power to warn your PACs”. I don’t know that Mitt is disagreeing with that. Trying to get into Newt’s mind … he seems confused about who is controlling their PAC, who is being negative, what control they do have over their PACs, who is being hypocritical, who promised to be positive … seriously … this relates to Newt’s personality and psychological issues. Here he’s too clever for his own good.

Paul-Cincy on January 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

He didnt say he would tell the truth about how horrible Romney is.

LeeSeneca on January 3, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Bull$hit. This behavior is new from Gingrich. And it comes the day after he proclaimed his nicy-nice tactic didn’t work and he would have to go negative.

Good gravy…..you people are a precious bunch!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

This is sad… So many other ways to attack your competitors (within your own party) without calling them “Liar.” how could either one eventually announce support for the other once the primaries have decided the nominee?

Echotier on January 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM

The more Newt explained that to the Talking Heads, the more honestly puzzled they looked. Heaven help me but I actually empathized with their incredulity.

Drained Brain on January 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Expect Gingrich to flip flop on his nicey-nice pledge once again when this line of attack sends his numbers plummeting even further and has zero effect on Romney.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

The “likeable” Newt was a charade.

“Ha Ha, Charade you are”.

The real Newt is back baby. This is the Newt the Republicans, let alone the Dems, couldnt stand.

Jailbreak on January 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

This is sad… So many other ways to attack your competitors (within your own party) without calling them “Liar.” how could either one eventually announce support for the other once the primaries have decided the nominee?

Echotier on January 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM


How many dozens of times does Romney have to lie before you think it’s OK to call him on it?

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

He’s hurting the very thing people liked about him…Nice Newt. He now shows his true colors and the reason he has no support from the congress crittrs he worked with when he was speaker.

bluealice on January 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Romney is, objectively, a liar of the first order.

Rebar on January 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

A confident candidate wouldn’t have sunk to the level of this conversation the morning of a caucus.

One more reason why Newt has got to go. Playing the victim card is so pathetic and the irony is that he is being dishonest in doing so.

That being said, I think there needs to be a differentiation made between different types of negative campaigning. I have no problems with a candidate pointing out shortcomings in another candidate’s record or position on an issue. That is truly drawing a contrast. Romneycare, for example, is fair game. It’s another thing to make vague allegations about a candidate’s friends. It is that low-class carping that one would expect from Democrats, Ron Paul supporters, or the OWS crowd. Gingrich is just running a rudderless campaign, seeing his poll numbers nationally sink, and really has nothing left to engage in personal attacks against the frontrunners just three weeks after declaring his nomination was a near certainty.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

What Newt doesn’t realize is that by hitting below the belt, he probably helps Romney. Newt ends up looking like a sore loser. And the voters rally to the guy that stays classy (Romney has not hit Newt below the belt).

The only person that Newt appeals to are the very small percentage of folks that hate Romney to some strange extreme (that doesn’t mean everyone that disagrees or even dislikes him, only those that hate him beyond any legitimate reason). Several of them have an account on Hotair. But they represent a very small part of the voting public.

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

To little too late, Newt. Oh, and it’s an idiotic argument as well. If you had the funds, you’d be burning up the airwaves.

I just lost alot of respect for you old man.

BacaDog on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Don’t you love the “I am not a Romney fan but…” commenters. These are usually okay with attacks against anyone but Romney. If Romney OTOH is given a taste of the medicine he is dishing out via his PAC – coward that he is – they break out into cries of “Let’s focus on Obama…”

Yeah right!

But I must say I am enjoying the way the race is shaping out.

Romney and his supporters are seeing their worst nightmare come true.

- Perry has finally hit his stride. And even if he doesn’t perform too well in Iowa – I am optimistic he will – his newfound momentum is breaking at the right time in the game. A ‘Tim Tebow’ indeed.

- Gingrich has declared war on Romney. He is prepared to sacrifice his own campaign just to ensure Romney never becomes nominee. In essence, he is going to be Perry’s attack dog. Romney is about to get a taste of his own medicine.

- Santorum and Bachmann, no matter the media-driven hype, are going to drop out whether Romney likes it or not.

The race is just beginning and I place my bets on the candidate who is not hated by 75% of primary voters.

25% support then divide-and-conquer 75% is not a winning strategy.

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

they only respond “Newt did something bad too.”

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Hahaha….. Yeah, Romney should just stand there while a serial adulterer, liar, and manipulator calls him names.

Meanwhile out of the other side of your mouth, you expect Gingrich to respond to the attacks on him.

Good gravy…..you people are a precious bunch!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

While Newt will probably gain nothing by stating this, it is entirely correct.

Romney is a liar.

Norwegian on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Another Newt-bomb thrown.

rhombus on January 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I thought he was going to take the gloves off. Is this it?

SlaveDog on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Hahaha….. Yeah, Romney should just stand there while a serial adulterer, liar, and manipulator calls him names.

Meanwhile out of the other side of your mouth, you expect Gingrich to respond to the attacks on him.

Good gravy…..you people are a precious bunch!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Is Romney a serial liar? Uhhh yeah he is.

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Time for me to go run some errands.

KickandSwimMom on January 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Look for a Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance while you’re out.

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Romney is, objectively, a liar of the first order.

what did he lie about. the ads that ran were truthful. Newt does have a lot of baggage.

I think Newt is mad about how many times they ran.

gerrym51 on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

What Newt doesn’t realize is that by hitting below the belt, he probably helps Romney. Newt ends up looking like a sore loser. And the voters rally to the guy that stays classy (Romney has not hit Newt below the belt).

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Nope, when Gingrich attacks Romney, every candidate not named Romney benefits.

:)

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Let’s face it, the only one on this site who’s gonna be happy after August 30 will be csdeven. And it’ll be just more politics as usual. We didn’t go for bold, and this is what we got. Freakin’ depressing.

Dongemaharu on January 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Romney should respond with something Andy of Mayberry-ish funny.
Zany being Zany.
well goll-eeeee

PaleoRider on January 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This would be a problem since Mitt doesn’t have a sense of humor.

bloghooligan on January 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I thought he was going to take the gloves off. Is this it?

SlaveDog on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Nope, this is the “Testing mic…” phase.

:)

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Good gravy…..you people are a precious bunch!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Who are you to deny them the right to give up their right?

csdeven on December 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Not as precious as you.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Unhinged.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Romney is, objectively, a liar of the first order.

Rebar on January 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

There ought to be a rule or law or something that makes it a foul to simply throw out something such as calling a candidate a liar of the first order without backing it up with actually examples of why you would make that statement. What really is the point to make the claim if you unable to back it up with facts? And clearly you can’t.

Same goes for Newt. To make vague allegations about another candidate is nothing but name calling. I can only imagine the fun at the NH debate on Saturday when the Newt we all knew from his days in the House re-emerges and starts spewing meaningless venom. We know Newt is a bombthrower but do we really want an immature hothead as President? No. If he can’t discuss the issues without employing the “liar liar” method of debate, then is supposed oratorical skills have been over-rated.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

what did he lie about.

gerrym51 on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

What didn’t he lie about, would be a much shorter list.

The man doesn’t have a single core value in his entire body.

Rebar on January 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

This was pretty funny. The reporter thought she snuck in some gotcha question or that Newt would back down real quick. Oh well, Newt had a good run.

Roymunson on January 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Defeat with dishonor.

Way to reaffirm every negative charge levied against your personality and temperment Newt.

Never was POTUS material.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Unhinged.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I agree csdeven. “the tear taster” really doesn’t do Mitt any favors with his comments.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Theres a lot to like about Newt but I saw him on TV this morning and he is coming across as whiney. Leaders dont whine

ldbgcoleman on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Every once in a while Mike Barnacle on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ finds a nugget. To wit: Because of PAC’s, negative ads do not have to add “I’m so-and-so, and I approve this message.” In all of Mittens ads in Iowa, he hasn’t seen one instance where Mittens says “….and I approve this message.” PAC’s leave their candidates with clean hands.

Bob in VA on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Calling Mitt a liar is just the first part of Newt’s strategy. To back up his position, and to contrast himself with Romney, Newt will release a press release on campaign finance reform in which:

1. He promises to send Federal marshalls to compell the justices of the Supreme Court to come before Congress and explain their wholly unconstitutional eviceration of McCain-Feingold.

2. He promises, as President, to issue an executive order overturning the Citizen’s United decision, and banning all Super-Pacs.

3. He promises to back a Constitutional amendment instituting 100% public financing for political campaigns down to the local level.

Newt is rapidly destroying whatever is left of his reputation. Next to go – his image as one of the smartest politicians ever. Ed should have quoted Bob Schieffer’s follow up to Newt’s exchange with O’Donnell:

Schieffer: A Massachusetts moderate that you have just said is a flat-out liar – that does raise the question, Mr. Speaker. If he does get the nomination, do you think that you can find a way to support him, or will that just be a little too much for you?

Gingrich: Sure

Schieffer: You could? You’d support a liar?

Gingrich: No, I would support a Republican candidate against Barack Obama because I think Barack Obama is tearing the country apart.

Yup, that’s gonna fly.

Mr. Arkadin on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

…and Newt just collected 300k from freddie…oh wait, he’s a big fat liar who collected 1.6 million.

I’ve seen the ads, and I don’t see any lies.

rubberneck on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Nope, when Gingrich attacks Romney, every candidate not named Romney benefits.

:)

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I disagree. When you attack on the record, then yes, that may be true. But when you just call someone a “liar” especially without pointing out the lie with truth, then you are coming off as a sore loser and the person you are attacking comes off looking better.

Case in point, the attacks on Newt weren’t for his multiple affairs. Instead, they were attacks on his record… like a historian getting paid $$$ from Freddie/Fannie. And the attacks helped all the non-Newts. Especially because he did a poor job of responding to the attacks.

But calling Romney a liar will achieve nothing. The only ones that buy the “liar” label are the very few electorate like yourself who wouldn’t vote for Romney in the primary anyway. Trust me, this helps Romney. If Newt were the smart guy they say he is, he would attack Romney’s record the same way Romney attacked his.

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

And clearly you can’t.

Happy Nomad on January 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Have fun!

Rebar on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I guess Newt never heard my historical adage:

Politics- where the ability to lie is no liability.

profitsbeard on January 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I never expected much from a candidate who was thrown off message by someone calling him “zany”.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

stay classy newt. thanks for stopping by.

drballard on January 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Speaking an unpleasant truth is not “going negative”. I don’t support Newt, but the man’s right: Romney is a stone cold sociopath in terms of his complete lack of an authentic self.

abobo on January 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I cheered when he said these things. Since when is it wrong to state the truth? Besides, if Gingrich has no chance, then what has he got to lose? He’ll never run for anything again. Remember the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for”. If Romney wins, he will need to win it on the truth. Now how many people think he can beat Obama?

lea on January 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Why, yes he is!

Connie on January 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Perhaps politicians in the future should begin each of their statements with “At this point in time….”. This way they would be able to backtrack without being called hypocrite or liar.

All politicians have to lie in order to win an election. If any of them told the truth, they would end up like Goldwater. In case some of you are too young to remember Goldwater, he got the Republican nomination, campaigned with the truth, and only carried the state of Mississippi. Truth and polictics goes together as well as matches and gasoline.

gasmeterguy on January 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

If Newt were the smart guy they say he is, he would attack Romney’s record the same way Romney attacked his.

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Relax… Newt is just getting started.

This is just the ad running before the movie begins.

:)

TheRightMan on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

By the way, if Newt promised he would run a positive campaign, and now he’s calling the probable nominee a liar, doesn’t that make him a liar? And if he just didn’t realize how tough Romney would run against him, doesn’t that make Newt stupid?

drballard on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This was pretty funny. The reporter thought she snuck in some gotcha question or that Newt would back down real quick. Oh well, Newt had a good run.

Roymunson on January 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Actually, the funny part was Newt calling Romney a liar, not backing off it, and then acknowleding in the next statement that he would support the liar for president if he was the nominee.

Newt showing to be a character guy.

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Have fun!

Rebar on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Only in an Anti-Mittbot’s world would a politician changing their mind about something be considered a lie.

I guess you’ve never changed your mind on anything in your life.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

What didn’t he lie about, would be a much shorter list.

The man doesn’t have a single core value in his entire body.

Rebar on January 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Sure he does… Romney has one single value: Become President.

Do you like high taxes? Romney can raise taxes!

Don’t like taxes? Romney can cut taxes!

Do you like abortion? Romney will keep it legal!

Don’t like abortion? Romney will make it illegal!

Choose your favorite version of Romney!

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Is Romney a serial liar? Uhhh yeah he is.

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

That doesn’t matter. All that matters is Gingrich exorcising his demons on Romney’s soul.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Defeat with dishonor.

Way to reaffirm every negative charge levied against your personality and temperment Newt.

Never was POTUS material.

swamp_yankee on January 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

But Newt doesn’t have the deep pockets to buy paid political assassins like Jennifer Rubin, Ann Coulter, & high ranking GOP apologists.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Sure he does… Romney has one single value: Become President.

Do you like high taxes? Romney can raise taxes!

Don’t like taxes? Romney can cut taxes!

Do you like abortion? Romney will keep it legal!

Don’t like abortion? Romney will make it illegal!

Choose your favorite version of Romney!

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Exactly.

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Freakin’ depressing.

Dongemaharu on January 3, 2012 at 11:29 AM

They do make a salve for your aching fallopian tubes.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Calling Mitt a liar is just the first part of Newt’s strategy. To back up his position, and to contrast himself with Romney, Newt will release a press release on campaign finance reform in which:

1. He promises to send Federal marshalls to compell the justices of the Supreme Court to come before Congress and explain their wholly unconstitutional eviceration of McCain-Feingold.

2. He promises, as President, to issue an executive order overturning the Citizen’s United decision, and banning all Super-Pacs.

3. He promises to back a Constitutional amendment instituting 100% public financing for political campaigns down to the local level.

Mr. Arkadin on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You’re joking but that’s exactly the kind of stuff one should expect from Gingrich. A bit too simplistic maybe. His “conservative solution” would be quite more complex and fundamentally change the way we, as a country, do politics.

joana on January 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

This whole “he’s just telling the truth!” is utter bullsh!t. 1st, calling an adversary a liar is a specific charge- give us proof he’s lying about the super PAC Newt.
2nd, Liar is an ugly word to use on someone you say in the next sentence you will be supporting in the general. So Newt has no problem supporting a liar for president?
3rd, Romney will probably be the nominee- how smart is that for the party to tear down the probable leader of the party?

drballard on January 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

ROMNEY 2012 – THE MAN WHO AGREES WITH EVERYONE ON EVERYTHING

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Unhinged.

portlandon on January 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

GRAMMY!!!!!

fossten on January 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Just curious, but who here believes Romney isn’t a liar?

ButterflyDragon on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Relax… Newt is just getting started.

This is just the ad running before the movie begins

Then my point is he is off to a bad start. And when you start by calling Romney a liar, it makes your other attacks less effective. Instead of being the truth teller, he has now become the sore loser who will say anything to tear Romney down. It hurts his credibility.

If he finishes fourth or worse today, he should drop out and endorse one of the top 2 non-Romneys and then let them make credible arguments against Romney’s record. Newt has destroyed his campaign.

cd98 on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I agree csdeven. “the tear taster” really doesn’t do Mitt any favors with his comments.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

You people need to cease taking this blog so seriously.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

As I’ve written earlier, there is nothing wrong with so-called “negative” campaigning. Candidates should draw contrasts between their positions and those of their opponents, and their records as well. As long as that is being done honestly, there is nothing wrong or dishonorable about it; in fact, that’s why we have primaries.

Therein lies the problem Ed. Newt has been saying that many of the attacks on him in the ads are lies. Nobody is allowed to make up their own facts. I’ve lost respect for Romney and his low-class attacks. It may be that “all is fair in love and politics” but that doesn’t have to mean that we have to respect a dirty player. I’ve admired Newt’s restraint throughout the process and I still intend to vote for him.

cajunpatriot on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Mr. Arkadin on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Who cares what he promises? Look at what he’s done.

Re raised taxes as governor
He raised spending as governor
He signed anti-gun laws as governor
He implemented Romneycare are governor
He implemented Cap N Trade in MA as governor
80% of the judges he appointed were Democrats as governor

This is what he DID. What counts more, his actions or a worthless web site list of promises that you know very well he will never keep?

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

3rd, Romney will probably be the nominee- how smart is that for the party to tear down the probable leader of the party?

drballard on January 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

This is just par for the course for Newt “I’ll throw a tantrum and shut the government down” Gingrich.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You people need to cease taking this blog so seriously.

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

You are the canary, amigo. You’re a Representative of what Romney is all about. Attack conservatives with everything you have then expect them to come help you out in November

Good luck with that.

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Good gravy…..you people are a precious bunch!

csdeven on January 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Seriously. That particular defense was pretty pathetic.

BettyRuth on January 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

And yet a month ago, 40% of Iowans supported this bomb thrower for president….

drballard on January 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

What does Obama and Mittens have in common they are both liars. Way to go Newt, take the gloves off, if these people can’t stand the truth, then that’s just to bad. And for all of you Romney fans this is not Newt blowing up, this is Romney being exposed.

DDay on January 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Who cares what he promises? Look at what he’s done.

Re raised taxes as governor
He raised spending as governor
He signed anti-gun laws as governor
He implemented Romneycare are governor
He implemented Cap N Trade in MA as governor
80% of the judges he appointed were Democrats as governor

This is what he DID. What counts more, his actions or a worthless web site list of promises that you know very well he will never keep?

angryed on January 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

How dare you bring up facts to a Mittbot!

tetriskid on January 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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