Romney goes after Gingrich

Romney and Gingrich exchange verbal blows (Reuters)

Wounded GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney went on the attack in the latest Republican debate Friday night, calling former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich an influence peddler who resigned from Congress in disgrace after his peers censured him and forced him to pay a $300,000 fine for ethics violations.

Gingrich, surprisingly muted while under attack, attempted to deflect the charges but appeared unusually ill at ease during the assault.

“The Speaker was given the opportunity to be the leader of our party in 1994, and the end of our years, he had to resign in disgrace,” Romney told the debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  “In the 15 years after he left the Speakership, the speaker has been working as an influence peddler in Washington.”

Romney criticized Gingrich for the $1.6 million in “consulting fees” he collected from housing agency Freddie Mac, saying the former speaker profited while others suffered in foreclosures driven by the economic downturn.

Rather than answer the charges, Gingrich referred viewers to his web site, saying “I’m not going to spend the evening trying to chase Gov. Romney’s misinformation.  He said at least four thigngs that are false. I don’t want ot waste time on it. This is the worst kind of trivial politics.”

But trivial politics has driven the Republican campaign for President for the last year and Gingrich is now the target not only of Romney but also other contenders Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.

It was Romney, however, who aimed most of the opening time of the debate with pointed attacks at Gingrich.

“I don’t think we can possibly retake the White House if the person leading the party is the person working for the chief lobbyist of Freddie Mac,” he said.

Before the debate, Gingrich released his contract with Freddie Mac, which showed his consulting firm was paid $1.6 million in fees and that Gingrich reported directly to the organization’s chief lobbyist.

Gingrich contends he was merely serving as a “historian” for the mortgage giant.

Romney found that claim laughable.

“They don’t pay people $25,000 a month for six years as historians,” Romney said. This contract proves you were not a historian, your were a consultant…and you were fired by the chief lobbyist of Freddie Mac.”

The debate showcased Romney’s strategy to try and stop the momentum that Gingrich gainsed with his upset win in South Carolina.  He has one week to see if it works.

 

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4 Responses to "Romney goes after Gingrich"

  1. Carl Nemo **==  January 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    “Rather than answer the charges, Gingrich referred viewers to his web site, saying [“I’m not going to spend the evening trying to chase Gov. Romney’s misinformation.] He said at least four things that are false. I don’t want to waste time on it. This is the worst kind of trivial politics.”…extract from article my brackets

    Sorry Newt, but Mitt Romney is making spot-on accusations about your lame, nation unfriendly track record. The type of stonewalling found in the quote demonstrates this guy is not going to be nominated and will never be president. If anything he’s one big sorry butt distraction and the sooner he leaves the race, the more palatable it will be.
    Who’s ever pushing him down our throats seemingly wants a slamdunk second term for President Obama.

    This is not an endorsement for Mitt Romney, but he’s a paragon of virtue compared to this mattoid.

    I’m thinking that S.C. was a fluke in terms of election results for this guy. Seemingly Newt appeals to some vestigial hopes that the Confederacy shall rise again along with alot of other rotten baggage still unique to the south that best goes unmentioned here.

    If he takes Florida over Romney, then I’d say there’s something to fluoride in the water, massive dispensation of antidepressants or our government seeding the atmosphere with scopolamine based compounds while bombarding our cortex with microwave imprinting, encouraging citizens to go for Newt, otherwise his ascendancy in the primary process makes no sense to me. The guy is digusting to say the least. / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. eve  January 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    They act like they are rivals but they are members of the political club.

    If they both consume alcohol, one could guess they went for a cocktail after the “show.”

    We ain’t members of “their” club.

    • Carl Nemo **==  January 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Spot-on Eve…

      Affirming George Carlin’s not so comedic line that “it’s a club and we ain’t in it”… / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  3. Sandy Price  January 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I wonder if either of them has given any thought to what they would do if elected. I’m tired of school boy play ground fights. I’m having the same problem with the LP. Nobody there has a solution to anything and I will have to fly to Las Vegas and pin a couple of LP members down. I went through this in 2004 when I became a delegate to the LP and nobody, not even the candidates, had a clue what they were running on.

    Since the popular answer to how to improve academics is met with “Remove the Department of Education” is not a valid fix. I would think a LP answer to academics could be put on the Internet as many Private schools are doing at this time. We seem to have a number of very bright LP members around the ‘net why can’t they come up with a plan for home schooling the kids of the LP? A complete curriculum of academics that would get the kids into the good Universities along with free thinking entrepreneurial concepts of making a place in a world of good employment.

    If the home life of the kids revolves around the TV then forget it. The damage is probably done.

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