Gingrich unloads on Romney, ads, in Florida speech

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 27, 2012 9:01 a.m.


    "So do you think Obama should have different rules than his predecessors?"

    How does America improve if the rules stay constant? I don't see Bush as the ideal model for leadership nor Obama as an example integrity.

    To save our country, we need to raise our expectations and insist for better.

    A sixteen trillion dollar debt exemplifies poor and corrupt leadership, both now and in the past.

    Jan. 27, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    Truthseeker | 10:08 p.m. Jan. 26, 2012
    SLO, CA
    It doesn't seem to matter that Pres Bush spent time in his own home, had built a place for the secret service to stay, had an office built with all the bells and whistles for the president. Doesn't that make any difference to you? I know the press didn't like it, my gosh, Hawaii vs Crawford - not much fun.
    He didn't take all his friends,he didn't take plane fulls of SUV's, he didn't close beaches, Laura and Pres Bush flew on the same plane, he didn't hold traffic up for hours, he didn't have parties in the White House all the time. My heck, he even hosted world leaders in his "Texas White House." Pres Bush even gave up playing golf because he said it did not look good while the war was going on.
    I'd like to see the bill for both vacations.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 10:59 p.m.

    So what policies do you hear from Republicans to decrease unemployment, decrease the debt, decrease gas prices and boost housing prices?

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 10:13 p.m.

    It is true that the GOP seems to be tearing itself apart right now. However, let's remember the record of Barack Obama:

    National Debt has gone from $10 Trillion to $15 Trillion.
    Unemployment has gone from 7.5% to 8.5%.
    Gas prices have doubled.
    Housing values have fallen by 50%.

    The country cannot afford Barack Obama's philosophy for another four years. I'm not thrilled about any of the GOP candidates (Mitt seams to have the best qualifications for what we need at the moment) but we HAVE to try something else.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 26, 2012 10:08 p.m.

    Obama's charitable contributions percentage equaled Romney's for 2010.

    So far, (not counting Christmas) President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch in Crawford, TX. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch in Santa Barbara, (along with trips to Palm Springs).

    The Obamas pay out of pocket for their housing while on vacation. Taxpayers pick up the tab for transportation, housing for staff and security as has been done for other Pres.

    I, too, remember complaining about all the time Bush spent going around the country campaigning, so what else is new?

    So do you think Obama should have different rules than his predecessors?

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 26, 2012 9:23 p.m.


    Like Pagan, what Bush or Reagan did, excuses everything.

    Those working vacations to Camp David or their ranches, were not as costly.

    Did Obama pay twenty five percent on the millions he took from us for lavish vacations? Did he spend millions without paying income tax on it? Does he pay thirty percent which he finds as common sense? Is the IRS after Mitt for breaking any laws?

    Obama spends more than Mitt, yet donated much less to charities. He's been using tax money for campaigning. Money he didn't pay taxes on. Let's really seek the truth.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 26, 2012 8:13 p.m.

    Uh Worf.
    Obama paid a higher rate of tax in 2010 (25%) than Romney did (13.9%). Most of Obama's income came from book sales.

    You must've really been irked by Reagan and Bush who hold the record for the most vacation days!

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 26, 2012 7:55 p.m.


    Newt or Barry?

    Scary isn't it?

    One Obama vacation cost much more than the yearly wage of Mitt. Mitt needs to pay more taxes, while the commander pays nothing on the money he takes from us.

    Go figure.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Jan. 26, 2012 7:54 p.m.

    Re;Riverton Cougar
    Context is everything.

    "This is an example where good people can disagree," the Illinois senator said. "The question then is, are there areas that we can agree to that everybody can get behind? We can all agree that we want to reduce teen pregnancies. We can all agree that we want to make sure that adoption is a viable option."

    The exchange appeared to be prompted by Obama's earlier comments that he does not favor abstinence-only education, but rather comprehensive sexual education that includes information on abstinence and birth control.

    "Look, I got two daughters 9 years old and 6 years old," he said. "I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, (ie if they have sex) I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn't make sense to not give them information."

    In other words, he wants his daughters to be informed so they wont have unplanned pregnancies or STDs. He wasn't saying he wants them to have an abortion.

  • The Deuce Livermore, CA
    Jan. 26, 2012 6:49 p.m.

    While not registered as a Republican, I am simply amazed that so many of the far right wing of the Republican party buy in to Newt's chatter. Here is an individual who was forced to step down due to his ethics in the House. We also know much about his personal life and numerous marriages. While everyone deserves a second chance with personal matters, this is a guy you don't want to walk down a dark alley with alone. In addition to an individuals platform, I also look at their character and ethics. If it came right down to it, I would rather vote for someone who you know is ethical and has a consistent character in their dealings with others, even though I may not agree on all points of their platform. If this is what the right wing of the Republican Party offers, I am afraid that Pres. Obama will enjoy a second term.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Jan. 26, 2012 5:43 p.m.


    Your judging this man hardcore. Back off faithful non-judging Christian.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 5:27 p.m.

    "We already have someone who has family values. . . . He has two wonderful daughters."

    Neither of which he wants "punished with a baby", apparently. Some family values that is.

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Jan. 26, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    Kami | 1:58 p.m. Jan. 26, 2012
    Bountiful, Utah

    "I am shocked that so many members of the church have been making excuses for Romneys lies, simply because he is also LDS."

    This shocks you?

    While Romney and Newt go back and forth about how untrustworthy BOTH of them all, Ron Paul's going to steal the cake. At least we can all hope.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    So Newt (unhinged) says Romney is "desperate, liar, hypocrite.." Wow. So how would we like a President who resorts to name calling and personal attacks when he gets annoyed?

    To paraphrase/adapt Shakespeare, "Me thinks the gentleman doth protest too much!"

    Newt has only confirmed what many have known; he's erratic and unstable. Oh, and should we really trust a man who has committed Adultery three times (that we know of?) Isn't the very definition of Adultery... a Liar and someone not worthy of trust and living up to a commitment previously made?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    'And family values.' - On the other hand | 4:35 p.m. Jan. 26, 2012

    We already have someone who has family values.

    Married, to ONE woman.

    He has two wonderful daughters.

    And, he's already in the White House.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 4:35 p.m.

    Newt knows all about lies. And family values.

  • NedGrimley Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 4:09 p.m.

    "I have seen the enemy..."

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 26, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    RE: ouisc-- "The Republicans are on the verge of another presidential self-destruction..." I sure hope you're wrong, but I certainly see things progressing that way as well.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 3:38 p.m.

    The Republicans are on the verge of another presidential self-destruction...

  • So. Cal Reader San Diego, CA
    Jan. 26, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    I hope the ads fulfill the intended consequences. Mitt REALLY needs Florida. Should Newt capture Florida as well, I'm wondering if his momentum will be able to stop. However, as much as these ads are necessary and effective, Mitt needs to be equally forceful in his debates, face-to-face w/ his rivals. I believe that's what hurt him most in the SC debates. Newt ran all over him. For all you Mitt non-believers, there's a reason why the Obama campaign is already attacking Romney. They wouldn't like any more than to have to go toe-to-toe w/ Gingrich rather than Mitt.

  • 4Shore Farmington, Utah
    Jan. 26, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    The all telling sign of a fraud and one who is scared, is someone who attacks others in an attempt to hide their own imperfections. Newt is a fraud and is making up lies.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:58 p.m.

    "2) WHO, brought us down?

    Wall Street Bail out:

    **'Bush signs $700 billion bailout bill' - AP - Published by Denver Post - By Tom Raum - 10/03/08"

    Yet Pagan opposes Romney for opposing this bailout, so Pagan is really FOR the bailout. Either that or he secretly agrees with Romney (it turns out Romney was right on the issue).

    And WHO brought this on us? It's funny that Pagan cites THIS bailout as the cause for our economic woes when Obama signed an EVEN LARGER bill shortly after. Not to mention all the spending he did on top of that! If a guy falls off the cliff, which was more responsible for the fall: the steps taking him near to the edge of the cliff, or the last steps over the edge of the cliff? Your logic suggests the former.

  • twinfallsid TWIN FALLS, ID
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:53 p.m.

    Obama deserves everything that Republicans are dishing out right now. I am shocked that so many members of his party have been making excuses for Obama's lies, simply because he is also a Democrat. Just makes me sick.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    @Star Bright
    Yeah, Gingrich is progressive, like how he did that TV ad about climate change... nevermind that Romney entered his state into a cap and trade program. Or how about how Gingrich supported insurance mandates... nevermind that Romney instituted one and defends it while Gingrich says he was wrong. Yeah... Gingrich is clearly a progressive.

    I'm a progressive and I agree with very little Gingrich is advocating (I do think he has a good immigration policy plan, of course that's one of the few issues I'm not progressive on since I oppose amnesty and Gingrich's plan does not give citizenship to illegal immigrants) so the idea that Gingrich is a progressive is just absurd. It is literally so out of touch with reality that you clearly are just a Glenn Beck listener (since he says that Gingrich = progressive thing all the time) who hasn't bothered to set about and determine what progressives actually advocate. I'll give you a hint... progressives are disappointed that Obama hasn't been left enough in his governing.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    I don't trust Gingrich. He plays to the audience he speaks to .... as an art. Gingrich is turning into an angry, frumpy old man. Romney looks presidential.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:40 p.m.

    Well, if anyone knows about "lies and hypocrisy" it's the Newt; he has spent the majority of his career finely tuning his use of both. This guy is the most delusional, self-serving blowhard to come down the political pike is ages...maybe ever. If the Newt is the GOP's candidate Obama will win by one of the largest margins in history.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:38 p.m.

    '...if the Republicans choose Newt they can bank on 4 more years of Obama, which would take this country way, way down. If that happens we might as well start using "Euros" for money.' - toosmartforyou | 2:06 p.m. Jan. 26, 2012

    Few things:

    1) None of the Republican canidates have any of the Republican parties confidence.

    As exampled by:

    **'Iowa vote doesn't resolve GOP search for identity' - By Charles Babington - AP - Published by DSNews - 01/04/12

    So, to say that 'X' Republican canidate can 'beat Obama' when, right now it's:

    Gingrich, SC.

    Santorum, Iowa.

    Romney, New Hampshire.

    2) WHO, brought us down?

    Wall Street Bail out:

    **'Bush signs $700 billion bailout bill' - AP - Published by Denver Post - By Tom Raum - 10/03/08


    **'Report: Taxpayers still owed $133B from bailout' - By Marcy Gordon - AP - Published by DSNews - 01/26/12

    'After the 2008 financial crisis, Congress authorized $700 billion for the bailout of financial companies and automakers, called the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. About $413 billion was lent. So far, the government has recovered about $318 billion, or about 77 percent of it.'

  • Marine Corps Vet Tempe, AZ
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:33 p.m.

    Kami; are you also shocked that Mitt accepted no salary while serving as Governor of MA and no salary serving as chairman of the SLC olympic committee. This is, I believe, evidence of his character and commitment to public service. I'm not sure any other candidate, and certainly not Newt the Brute, can evidence such ultraistic values.

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:15 p.m.

    I think whatever Romney comes up with will be multiplied 1000x by the obama admin. There is such a wealth of information on the internet about Newt and all the things he has said and done. You think Romney is not conservative enough well, just read all the things the Newt has said. Progressive anyone?

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    I can't believe Newt can lecture anyone about "lying" after his personal life is placed in perspective. He's in denial. Like the candidate chosen in Nevada to run against Harry Reid, if the Republicans choose Newt they can bank on 4 more years of Obama, which would take this country way, way down. If that happens we might as well start using "Euros" for money.

    Isn't it amazing that voters would choose a known adulterer and rail against someone who has been faithful to their spouse and then be fearful of a candidate that actually paid their tithing? My, this country has dropped a long way.

    Mitt is the guy who can fix what's wrong, not some Fanny Mae lobbyist. As previous stated, "It's the economy, stu...."

  • Grundle West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    "There's something about the hypocrisy that should make every American angry."

    Pot calling the kettle black...What a piece of work this guy is!

  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 26, 2012 1:58 p.m.

    Romney deserves everything that Gingrich is dishing out right now. I am shocked that so many members of the church have been making excuses for Romneys lies, simply because he is also LDS. Just makes me sick.

  • A1994 Centerville, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    ' guilty of lies, desperation and hypocrisy that should make "every American angry."'

    Wow. Newt said THIS? Newt? I think 'chutzpah' is the word that best describes this man. His nerve knows no bounds.