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Published: Thursday, Jan. 5 2012 10:00 a.m. MST

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On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

I wish Mitt Romney were even half as moderate as his opponents would have us believe.

Cedar Hills, UT

the time for attack adds is over. Time to put up your plan and let voters decide who can best lead us out of the Obama-abyss. Gingrich said he was going to focus on the positive a few weeks ago so I'm confused why he is reverting to negative now. Romney needs to cool it as well with the negative adds - put your plan up and convince why your plan is best and not try to throw dirt on the other guy. Throwing dirt is easy and is usually a bunch of half truths mixed with political spin.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

A prominent financial journalist says a single event (which is likely to take place in the next year), could spell the end of the GOP/Tea Party for good. No more sitting on the sidelines. Now is the time to act or get stuck with a bland, boring, career politician who will lose to Barack Obama. Mitt Romney has campaigned in for over four years. Romney, who was considered the Iowa front-runner, faces a daunting challenge as the GOP primary calendar unfolds. He pulled no more votes in 2012 than he did in 2008. He has spent more than $15 million between both races to win Iowa forking over $500 a vote for the past two elections combined. Gallup tracking poll had Romney at 24 percent and Gingrich at 23 percent, a neck-and-neck race. Santorum pulled only 6 percent in the Gallup poll. If the eventual GOP nominee is going to beat President Barack Obama in November, surely he will have to excite more conservative activists than that. Some Republican consultants see the glass as half full for Romney. Like in 2008 with McCain / Sarah ticket.

Jerry Springer for President, HE'LL "GIT-R-Done".

My views.

Cedar Hills, UT

Someone already splashing around in the gutter does care if you splash them back. They are already wet and dirty.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

if they cannot handle dirt from their opponents, they'll have no chance once the DNC and their lapdog media open their sludge hoses in the general election. Romney has shown he can take it, Newt has shown he cannot.

Kaysville, UT

I noticed on the CNN/MSNBC live coverage in Iowa on Tuesday, that Newt is not a gentleman. He should have listened to his mother or Thumper, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Newt loses his temper and displays it in public. He tries to cover up his shortcomings, errors or mistakes by blaming the other guy or trying to bring the other guy down to his level. We can't have a President that acts like that, no matter how smart he thinks he is. Advisors can help make a President great but if he throws a temper tantrum in public, before cameras, that would be disastrous. After living in countries where losing face is a big deal, this is a big deal for diplomatic relations. A candidate can lob weapons at a foe but weapons in this context are words. A candidate's actions speak for themselves and Mr. Newt has spoken for himself for decades and has shown us his personality and character. We don't need to analyze him as he has been a public figure and on the media's radar for years. His hair color may show some sage but not wisdom.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Gingrich promised to not turn negative, but, now he's negative. Would that be flip flopping?

Gingrich promised his first wife to be faithful, and wasn't. Would that be flip flopping?

Gingrich promised to not entangle himself with the far left, and instead made a commercial with pelosi. Another flip flop?

He doesn't have much to go on.

I like Gingrich, but, stick with the issues. You have enough baggage. We are aware of your baggage, so, just tell us what your plan is to fix the obama nightmare (which means obamas ideas to clean up all of the other messes).

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

A pure pro wrestling attack. The establishment doesn't care who is president as long as it isn't Ron Paul.

Saint George, UT

It appears that loser Newt is flailing in the wind. Incidently this is his third marrage. He dumped on two previous wives.

Provo, UT

On Nov. 30th, Gingrich responded to comments by Romney that Gingrich said were attacking. The press reported that this was Romney striking the first blow. In truth, two days before this, Gingrich made a few very negative remarks towards Romney in a Reuters piece by Jeff Zeleny. The press has been pretending that Gingrich is just the victim here and so has Gingrich. Here is an excerpt of Gingrich striking the first blow:

I dont claim to be the perfect candidate; I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.
He added, I wouldnt lie to the American people. I wouldnt switch my positions for political reasons. Its perfectly reasonable to change your position if facts change. If you see new things you didnt see everybodys done that, Ronald Reagan did that. Its wrong to go around to adopt radically different positions based on your need of any one election, then people will have to ask themselves, What will you tell me next time?

Port Alice, B.C.

Gingrich, Santorum, Romney, even Sarah Palin would be better than Obama.

Provo, UT

Ron Paul has had many more ads that were direct attacks on Gingrich's record but Newt is almost completely ignoring those. Romney does not have the legal right to interfere with the ads by a PAC. Yes, he could make a public denouncement of them, but guess what? They are simply revealing Newt's record which speaks for itself.

In interviews on Tuesday, Gingrich personally attacked Romney with no facts, just general slurs. He went on to say he can now go after Romney because he will simply be telling the truth. Well, that is all that the ads were doing. Gingrich is very embarrassed by his record to get this upset.

His actions are all about rage and vengeance on a personal level. He is making accusations without any specific details. Very unprofessional.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Ahhh let the insanity begin!

I'm so looking forward to watching the Republican candidates fight their war of words against one another. In one corner you have a man who preaches morality and honesty then cheats on his wife and in the other corner you have a man who takes every opportunity to bash our current President for not creating jobs yet in his quest for wealth has purchased, dis-mantled and dissolved numerous companies at the cost of thousands of American jobs, not to mention the numerous jobs he has shipped off to foreign shores and cheaper labor.

In other words, your candidates stink! They stand no chance of replacing Barak Obama as President.

Republicans should stick to what they do best, chasing false birth certificates, worrying about what everyone, other than them selves of course, are doing behind closed doors and re-writing history. Let the big boys who have better things to do with their time worry about running the Country.

Rutland vs. Medfield
Seattle, Wa

From an earlier comment:

Newt Gingrich does not WANT to be president.

Becoming president will only interfere with his business enterprises of selling his and his wife's books, his videos, and his "consulting" business of peddling his status as a Washington insider to corporate interests.

His campaign tactics (lack of organization, "campaign" stops at book signings and video screenings in non-early primary states) illustrate that. His sole purpose is to build future business and the actual presidency will be bad for business.

That said, he is still Newt and will go nuclear on those he perceives to be his enemies (just like he did as House Speaker).

In that regard, Newt is the 2012 version of Mike Huckabee--someone who has no chance of becoming president, but who will stay in as long as he can for no other reason than to tear down Mitt Romney while building for his financial future.

Salt Lake City, UT

Ever the devotee of Machiavelli, Gingrich has at last revealed his true colors. Did anyone who knows his vindictive, take-no-prisoners style as House leader really think he would conduct a positive campaign?

Tremonton, UT

The real Newt is coming out. His idea to bring federal judges before Congress based upon whether or not whomever is in power at the moment likes what the judges are doing.... completely turns the Separation of Powers and Balance of Powers doctrines on their heads. If he weren't so "brilliant," it would be completely stupid!

No, the more I see of Newt, the less I like. He's far from the senior statesman, smart grandfatherly type. He's mean, vindictive, and has some pretty strange ideas.

I'd vote for Perry, Santorum, over Newt.

Heber City, UT

Please we just don't need another adulterer in the office who refuses to live up to his commitments at the alter. That says mountains about his integrity.

the boonies, mexico

Let these bunch of goofs running as candidates tear each other apart, because "none" of them qualify for anything other than being a side show in the carnivals. What a disgusting bunch of nothings! Greedy liars, cheats and more baggage than a freight train could haul, and they want to be president of what? After what Bush-Cheney and friends did for 8 years do they think we citizens want seconds? Unbelievable.

Syracuse, UT

I would love Newt to debate Obama, but I would still not vote for him. Obama needs someone to point blank challenge him on all his lies during the last campaign and all the lies since he has taken office. He just needs to be humbled down to his knees.

Mitt is the one to turn this country around. It is really tiresone to hear all these people talk about all the job he "lost" at Bain Capital, but fail to mention all the jobs he created by restructuring. Here is a clue....sometimes you need to do that to create more jobs. Obama's restructuring is just plain crazy and it has shown itself with higher unemployment and everyone freaking out. Four more years of him and we as a country are really sunk.


"We're going to have a great time with Romney in New Hampshire. He'll win, probably, but it will be much more interesting than he wants." ... his immature reaction and apparently nonexistent self confidence is overwhelming ha. Well said Newt, You've got my vote! haha

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