Gingrich Blasts Romney’s Remarks on the Poor – then Talks Trump

from the Los Angeles Times 2/1/12 – Newt Gingrich, coming off a bad loss to Mitt Romney in the Florida primary, pummeled his rival for the GOP nomination Wednesday for saying earlier in the day that he was focused on the middle class and was not “concerned about the very poor” because they have a safety net.“I am fed up with politicians in either party dividing Americans against each other,” Gingrich said, speaking to hundreds of supporters packed into the Great Basin Brewing Co. here. “I am running to be the president of all of the American people, and I am concerned about all of the American people. … My goal  is to find steps for every American to have a job, every American to work, every American to be able  to buy a house. I believe that America was founded on the dream that we are in fact created equal and we have a chance to go out  and have a chance to pursue happiness.”Gingrich also criticized Romney’s support for tying increases in the minimum wage to inflation, saying such a move would be “dangerous.”Gingrich is limping into Nevada after a double-digit loss to Romney in Florida. He tried to paint his second-place finish in a sunny light.“I think I surprised some people last night,” he said. “Considering we were outspent 5 to 1, I was actually very, very delighted.”He said he carried the majority of counties in the state and won the conservative, evangelical and tea party votes. (Exit polling, however, showed Romney edged Gingrich among voters who identify with the tea party and that the former House speaker barely won the evangelical vote.)Gingrich added that financial disclosures filed Tuesday showed that 97% of his 160,000 contributors donated less than $250, a sign that his campaign was fueled by the people.“We’re going to take people power against money power in this campaign,” he said. “I don’t believe Gov. Romney can afford to outspend us 5 to 1 in every place in the country.”Speaking to reporters after the rally,  Gingrich acknowledged that Romney had a “big advantage” in Nevada, dating back to his decisive 2008 victory here. But he pushed back against notions that he had written off the state, driven by a reported canceled meeting Wednesday with popular GOP Gov. Brian Sandoval and a light campaign schedule.Gingrich said events would be added to his schedule and that the meeting with Sandoval did not take place because it conflicted with the Reno rally.“I’m not going to turn down hundreds of people to run to Carson City,” Gingrich said, adding that they were trying to find a time that worked for the governor and the campaign. “I’d love to see him and chat with him.”

Gingrich also said he did not know what Donald Trump was planning to announce in Las Vegas on Thursday and that he had not had any contact with him since a meeting a few weeks ago in New York.

“I have no idea what the Donald is going to do,” Gingrich said. “He is always interesting, and I don’t know of anybody who does a better job of getting attention by announcing that he will presently announce something.”

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9 years ago

Good for Gingrich! He has the education, intelligence and background to go up against Obama. I haven’t decided yet whom I WANT but the more I compare all R Candidates, Newt has won the ability to be aggressive and knows his politics and foreign affairs; plus, he believes in God and The American People.

Mark Huehls
9 years ago

I do not like either one of them. Romney is still an old style Democratic Party Politician. Romney does not have the guts to take the economic austerity measures necessary to return this country to the principles put forth in the Constitution. He believes in the human caused climate change hoax. He still thinks governance has to do things that the citizens can well do for themselves if governance gets out of the way. He has lived a life luxury and has no idea of how we have to scrape it together. He has never taken a hit that has wiped him out and had to scramble to get back even. He is not really pro-life either.

Gingrich is a smart man that knows how the economy works, but can’t stay focused on it long enough to get it all done. He has alienated everybody he has worked with more than once. Gingrich spends too much time running in front of cameras and running off at the mouth. He is not the leader we need to get things done.

Rick Santorum is probably, overall the best conservative option we have, but the main stream media has chosen Ronmey for us just like the main stream media chose McCain for us in 2008.

Those advocating that we who understand conservatism, become the Republician precinct committee men and women and and encourage conservative citizens to run for office locally, at the state level and for congress, have the right idea. The solution is finding the people willing to take the time away from their families, the energy to work a second job after work, and the personality that ingratiates others to cooperate. I am not that person, but I sure would like to help them.

9 years ago

Keep hearing about Newt’s loss in Florida. //// Should be said its Florida’s loss, they had a choice & Florida went with the big Money and big Media,The very thing that sunk em to start with.

Laurel Nord
9 years ago

Yes I’m old enough to have voted for Kennedy; before I realized the folly of being a democrat. Reagan was the first president I voted for as a republican. I have a very good memory. I have also been a fan of Newts for all of the years since then. Romney cannot beat Obama. Period. Newt can. The republican old guard isn’t going to let him though, you know the folks who gave us McCain.Newt Gingrich is exactly what we need right now.

9 years ago

Newt just lost my support. He bloddy well knows what romney meant by that remark (i mean the whole thing)
Now he (newt) is doing the same thing that the libs are doing and implying what he meant and bashing him for it
Shame on you newt

Lynn Barlow
9 years ago

This is why I do not support Newt any longer. He lies. I don’t think he understands the free market system the way he attacked venture capitalist and now he has twisted Mitt’s remarks. I expect the Democrats to do that but not someone who claims to want what is best for our countrty which is get rid of Obama. I will support who ever the Republican running is. Our country can not survive four more years of the spending that has been going on during this administration. I want to hear what they are going to do to turn our country around not attack each other .

Bud Wwerner
9 years ago
Reply to  Lynn Barlow

OMG, a politician that lies and twist his opponents remarks! What a revelation! Alert the press! If Romney does for the country what he did for Mass., we might as while keep Obama.

9 years ago
Reply to  Bud Wwerner

I agree with you Bud,Romney is a dud

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