Newt Ad Hits Romney on Abortion in South Carolina - Update: Backing Off Bain Attacks?

Posted: Jan 11, 2012 2:48 PM

Well, well, well.  A completely legitimate attack ad against Mitt Romney from the Gingrich camp that raises important questions about the "Massachusetts moderate's" record.  Fair game:

If you're going to attack Romney in a Republican primary, this is the way to do it.  Hit him from the right on his target-rich tenure as governor of one of the most liberal states in America.  Enough of this twisted populist Bain rubbish.

UPDATE - Is Newt starting to back away from his destructive attacks?

Newt Gingrich signaled Wednesday that he believes his criticism of Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital is a mistake — and that he’s created an impression that he was echoing Democratic rhetoric. Gingrich conceded the problem when pressed by a Rick Santorum supporter at a book signing here Wednesday.

“I’m here to implore one thing of you. I think you’ve missed the target on the way you’re addressing Romney’s weaknesses. I want to beg you to redirect and go after his obvious disingenuousness about his conservatism and lay off the corporatist versus the free market. I think it’s nuanced,” said Dean Glossop, an Army Reservist from Inman, S.C. “I agree with you,” Gingrich said. “It’s an impossible theme to talk about with Obama in the background. Obama just makes it impossible to talk rationally in that area because he is so deeply into class warfare that automatically you get an echo effect. … I agree with you entirely.”

UPDATE II - Team Newt clarifies in an email: No apology.

Newt 2012 released the following statement from Press Secretary R.C. Hammond responding to misleading reports on an exchange Newt Gingrich had with a voter in Spartanburg, SC regarding Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital (during which the phrase “I crossed the line” was never uttered from Newt, despite the headline from Politico): “This issue at hand is neither about Bain Capital, private equity firms, nor about capitalism.  It is about Mitt Romney’s judgment and character.  It was Governor Romney’s decision to base his candidacy, in large part, on his background as a portfolio manager.  Thus, it is entirely legitimate to ask questions about whether he is accurately presenting how he conducted himself during that career.