Newt: ‘Amazed’ at Romney’s ‘Dishonesty’
On This Week today, Newt Gingrich owned up to his poor debate performances last week, but implied that the reason he was not as effective in conveying his message was because he was so distracted by how much Mitt Romney was lying on the debate stage. Substitute host Jake Tapper asked Gingrich if his pledge to go all the way to the convention would still stand even if the math doesn’t work out in his favor during the long primary season.
The candidate argued Romney doesn’t have the kind of majority support he needs at this point to secure the nomination, so there is a very real chance the GOP could face a brokered convention and Gingrich could swoop in and claim the nomination. Gingrich touted endorsements from former rivals Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and 2008 Republican candidate Fred Thompson, as well as the many positive comments being sent his way by Sarah Palin.
Gingrich said that “the fewer conservatives there are, the better we’re doing,” a subtle suggestion that Gingrich would easily be able to claim the nomination if Rick Santorum dropped out and endorsed him. He disputed the notion that “Mitt Romney’s liberalism” would make any significant advancement in the contemporary Republican party.