Gingrich: 'I won't attack the idiots and liars who are running against me'by Ed A. Tuhr
Jan. 9, 2012, Nashua, New Hampshire— Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said today that he will continue his policy of refusing to attack his Republican rivals.
"As the senior statesman and historian among the candidates," he said, "I don't need to stoop to their level. As a Reagan conservative and paraphrasing the Great Communicator, I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponents' lack of integrity and intelligence."
Gingrich said that contrary to news reports, he never called Mitt Romney a liar.
"Norah O'Donnell called Mitt a liar," he said. "I didn't. I merely agreed with her assessment of him as a liar."
"I don't have any proof," Gingrich said, "but my gut tells me that Romney is not being truthful, and so I am officially agreeing with anybody who wants to call him a liar. That is much different than calling him a liar myself."
Gingrich said his chief beef with Romney is that the former Massachusetts governor has denied coordinating attack ads through political action committees that have been formed and funded by his supporters.
"Federal law prohibits a candidate from coordinating the advertising campaigns by independent PACs," the former Speaker of the House said. "I comply with federal law, but who honestly thinks that my opponents do? My view is that they are all liars and law breakers, but I refuse to state my views because others might consider that negative campaigning."
Gingrich said he wants to join forces with fellow candidate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania but said the former senator must take the role of junior partner because Santorum has no track record of being able to govern on a large scale.
"I was once the Speaker of the House," he said, "and I got things done. So I would accept Rick as a vice-president, but I'm the only one smart enough and experienced enough to be president."
The former speaker said he won't run attack ads against rivals Ron Paul or Rick Perry because, "Voters aleady know they lack the intelligence and background to be president."
"Who but a moron would think that allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon is none of our concern?" he asked. "Please note that I'm not calling Ron Paul a moron for holding that position. I'm just saying that nobody but a moron would believe that. His support comes entirely from drug users who want drugs to be legalized."|| ||
Gingrich said that Rick Perry, "is not cut out to be president."
"Governor Perry can't even remember his own policies," he said. "He's the worst debater I've ever encountered since middle school."
Skinnyreporter asked the former speaker why he doesn't consider Ron Paul a liar even though PACs formed by Paul supporters have attacked Gingrich's record.
"Because he probably just forgot he coordinated his PAC's attack ads," Gingrich said. "Everybody knows Ron Paul's a negative old man who has crazy ideas, and so nobody probably believes his attack ads anyway."
Gingrich Campaign Manager Kenny Meykitt said Romney's attack ads were untruthful because they claimed that Gingrich took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, the federally backed loan company that has been blamed for the housing bust.
"Newt didn't take the money," Meykitt said. "His company took the money. He took only $35,000 from the company, which is only 2 percent of the money. The other 98 percent went to historical research."
Gingrich Campaign Public Relations Manager Maughan Nutter said his television and radio monitoring turned up many untruths in attack ads funded by political action committees.
"The attack ads kept showing the famous commercial in which Newt appeared with Nancy Pelosi and called for federal action to address climate change," Nutter said. "That was five years ago. Newt doesn't believe that anymore, and continually showing that commercial unfairly portrays him as a global warming scaremonger."
Nutter said verbal attacks by other candidates, comics, talk show hosts and lay citizens might have been more damaging than negative political advertising.
"Michelle Bachmann, for example, repeatedly accused Mr. Gingrich of taking money from Freddie Mac to influence Congress," he said. "That's a lie because he wasn't a lobbyist. He was hired as a historian and consultant. Everybody knows that history consultant companies usually charge corporations much more than $1.6 million to review the past."
Nutter said TV comedians were particularly hurtful by persisting in reminding voters that Gingrich had cheated on both of his ex-wives and is currently married to the woman with whom he had an affair during his second marriage.
"Newt is a kindly grandfather and wouldn't ever make the mistakes of his past," he said. "The best method of predicting a person's future behavior is not by looking at his past behavior but at his current behavior."
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