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Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich left Iowa a bitter man after a dismal fourth place finish in the Iowa GOP primary caucuses.
He clearly blames frontrunner Mitt Romney for his loss, telling anyone who will listen that Romney is a liar behind a barrage of brutal negative ads that portrayed the one-time GOP star as a money-grubbing, wife-cheating philanderer.
Fewer than 100 showed up to hear Gingrich’s final speech before he fled Iowa.
“The Speaker is down but he’s not out,” a campaign aide told Capitol Hill Blue.
But before he exited, stage right, Gingrich attacked Iowa winner Romney and third place finisher Ron Paul.
We are not going to go out and run nasty ads, but I do reserve the right to tell the truth. If the truth seems negative, that may be more a comment on his record than the nature of politics.
His views on foreign policy, I think, are stunningly dangerous for the survival of the United States.
Gingrich praised second place finisher Rick Santroum and then headed for the door and New Hampshire where he also trails badly in polls. The former Speaker of the House hopes South Carolina will revive his flagging campaign.