Gingrich Calls On Romney To Stop Negative Ads

By: AP
By: AP

Newt Gingrich demanded Friday that Mitt Romney stop the barrage of TV attack ads that badly damage him and Rick Santorum each time they seemed poised to make big strides in the GOP presidential race.

Admitting to Louisiana voters that he can't match Romney and a pro-Romney super PAC in fundraising, Gingrich repeated a plea that thus far the front-running Romney has ignored.

"I challenge Gov. Romney and his super PAC to pledge to take every negative ad about every Republican off the air, because it dishonors them, it weakens the Republican Party, and it helps Barack Obama," Gingrich told a cheering outdoor crowd of more than 200 in Covington.

Romney has said he doesn't control the super PAC, Restore Our Future, which has aired most of the hard-hitting ads.

Gingrich is struggling to stay in the race, and friends say his anger over the attack ads that hammered him in Iowa and Florida is a key reason he refuses to step aside. Gingrich said he hopes to do well in Louisiana's March 24 primary in part because he attended graduate school at Tulane, in New Orleans.

The former House speaker asked supporters for donations as small as $2.50, which he said can lead to bigger amounts. He says gasoline will cost $2.50 a gallon if he becomes president. Gingrich said he is gaining 500 to 1,000 new donors a day, but most give small sums.

In Gingrich's two Louisiana speeches Friday — sandwiched around a quiet visit to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans — he aimed most of his fire at Obama. He said the president refuses to tap domestic sources of oil and gas that could drive down energy prices.

Emboldened by chants of "Newt, Newt," Gingrich heaped more scorn on Obama than usual. "He got the Nobel Peace Prize for getting through his inaugural address," Gingrich said. He said Obama wants "to be president of the planet."

In Covington, where he campaigned before a big statue of President Ronald Reagan, Gingrich showed no sign of dropping from the GOP race.

"We need your help for the next week," he said. "And then we need your help all the way through November. And then when we win the presidency, we need your help every day to go and remind the Congress what we together are going to get done."


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  • by D J on Mar 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
    So Jon does the term hypocrites also apply to Clinton and Obama I recall lots of name calling and attack ads or do you have selected memory like the other dens?
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      by Jon on Mar 17, 2012 at 03:45 PM in reply to D J
      I don't have selective memory nor am I affiliated with any party. I was actually referring to politicians in general...
  • by Joe Location: COS on Mar 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM
    TV ads? What TV ads? I have essentially shut off the television in favor of my DVD collection - these bums aren't worth my time.
  • by phil Location: left of center on Mar 17, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    wah wah wah ..keep the ads coming ..it is only highlighting the lowness and stupidity of the GOP ..Obama 2012 ..Clinton 2016
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      by LedHed on Mar 20, 2012 at 08:45 AM in reply to phil
      Wow, already willing to throw in with Hil in '16, regardless of what may transpire between now and then. Just goes to show how incredibly gullible and easily manipulated you are. You may want to try independent thought sometime, then again, I'm sure it's easier for simpletons to let Big Gov do all the cranial heavy-lifting for you.
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Mar 17, 2012 at 10:30 AM
    While these three are out stealing the headlines, behind the scenes, the GOP establishment is submarining Ron Paul, the only really different and closest to a Constitutional based candidate in the field. The "top" three are all big government and or New World Order blessed choices of which any one would be alright with the "establishment". There are still rumblings in Maine over the outcome of their caucus where some counties votes were not included in the final count and the final results are being kept under wraps. The questionable results showed Romney the winner by a razor thin margin. Then we have these two examples. "Stunning Video: GOP Leaders Cheat Ron Paul?" http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/stunning-video-gop-leaders-cheat-ron-paul/ And then there is this: "Ron Paul Hints at Suspicion of Election Fraud" http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/11175-ron-paul-hints-at suspicion-of-election-fraud
  • by Reality on Mar 17, 2012 at 08:55 AM
    "I challenge Gov. Romney and his super PAC to pledge to take every negative ad about every Republican off the air, because it dishonors them, it weakens the Republican Party, and it helps Barack Obama," --- Actually it just shows everyone how immature the people vying for the highest office in the nation are.
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      by Nath on Mar 17, 2012 at 09:59 AM in reply to Reality
      "Actually it just shows everyone how immature the people vying for the highest office in the nation are." And that definitely includes the "Prima donna" in chief, Obama. You ain't seen nothin' yet, wait until Obama his his stride on the campaign trail.
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Mar 17, 2012 at 08:33 AM
    Not to worry. Once the caucuses are over the bickering and in-fighting will stop and they'll all be best buddies again. Talk about a bunch of hypocrites...
  • by The Coach on Mar 17, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    Yawn....so, does anyone know what's going on with Peyton Manning?
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