It’s about time someone comes out and says it, and I’m sure glad it’s Newt. Newt is at his best when he s on the offensive, if this Newt would be the one on the campaign trail the past few weeks, we’d be looking at a completely different outcome in Iowa tonight than the one everyone is expecting.
On CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning, CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell asked Gingrich about comments he had previously made about his chief rival and the Super PAC whose negative campaign ads have hurt his campaign: “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?”
“Yes,” Gingrich replied.
“You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?”
“Well, you seem shocked by it!” said Gingrich. “Yes. I mean, why – “
“Why are you saying he is a liar?” asked O’Donnell.
“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.
“It’s just like this pretense that he’s a conservative. Here’s a Massachusetts moderate who has tax-paid abortions in ‘Romneycare,’ puts Planned Parenthood in ‘Romneycare,’ raises hundreds of millions of dollars of taxes on businesses, appoints liberal judges to appease Democrats, and wants the rest of us to believe somehow he’s magically a conservative.
“I just think he ought to be honest with the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a poll-driven, consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points, and I think he ought to be candid. I don’t think he’s being candid and that will be a major issue. From here on out from the rest of this campaign, the country has to decide: Do you really want a Massachusetts moderate who won’t level with you to run against Barack Obama who, frankly, will just tear him apart? He will not survive against the Obama machine.”
“A Massachusetts moderate that you have just said is a flat-out liar – that does raise the question, Mr. Speaker,” said Bob Schieffer. “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?”
“Sure,” replied Gingrich.”
“You could? You’d support a liar?”
“No, I would support a Republican candidate against Barack Obama because I think Barack Obama is tearing the country apart.”
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