Gingrich attacks Romney, a week after promising a positive campaign

December 27, 2011

A week ago, Newt Gingrich vowed to follow Ronald Reagan’s famed “11th Commandment” and withhold attacks on fellow Republican candidates for president.

But last night his campaign e-mail blasted reporters a lengthy opposition sheet on former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, ripping Romney’s latest television ad, “Conservative Agenda.”

In the oppo sheet, the Gingrich campaign calls Romney “Mitt the Massachusetts Moderate” and highlights a number of his past, more moderate positions that may be at odds with his current stances. These include Romney’s health care reforms in Massachusetts, his support for universal health insurance and abortion rights, his vote for Democrat Paul Tsongas in his 1992 bid for president and his renunciation of the Reagan/Bush era.

“Can we trust a Massachusetts Moderate to enact a conservative agenda?” Newt 2012 Communications Director Joe DeSantis said in a statement. “Our campaign might have plenty of things to say about that, but the best response certainly comes from Mitt Romney himself [who in 2002 told a television reporter]:

“I think people recognize that I am not a partisan Republican. That I’m someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive.”

Romney’s latest ad, airing in Iowa, is below. The Gingrich campaign’s opposition sheet on Romney follows.

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FACT SHEET: MITT THE MASSACHUSETTS MODERATE

  • “Mr.  Romney . . . criticized the Republican campaign agenda, the Contract With America, as too partisan.  He said he would have gone against the GOP leadership and supported the [1994 Clinton] crime bill, and would oppose a capital gains tax cut.”  (Source: Washington Times, 10/28/1994)
  • “[Romney] modeled himself on Massachusetts Gov. William F. Weld (R) — apparently on an easy path to reelection — striking a conservative stance on fiscal issues, crime and welfare but a liberal position on abortion and other social issues.” (Source: The Washington Post, 10/29/1994)
  • Romney offered himself not as a conservative, but a Weld-like moderate: frugal on spending and insistent that welfare recipients work for their checks, but supporting abortion rights and gay rights and willing to ban assault weapons.  (Source:  The Los Angeles Times, 10/7/1994)
  • “Eager to show that he is a moderate independent and no ideologue, Romney stressed his support for universal health insurance and abortion rights, criticized the Republican Contract With America promoted by the party’s congressional leaders and, at Faneuil Hall, was more outspoken than Kennedy in arguing that the Boy Scouts should not exclude homosexual youths.”  (Source: The Washington Post, 10/29/1994)
  • “Romney has indicated that he would side with the moderate wing. He endorsed the crime bill and refused to back Gingrich’s jejune Contract with America. He told me he would have backed Chafee’s health care bill. ‘I’m willing to vote for things that I am not wild with,’ he said.” (Source: New Republic, 11/7/1994)
  • As a registered independent, Romney had voted in the Democratic presidential primary in 1992 to support Paul E. Tsongas. (Source: Race 4 2012, 2/16/2007)
  • “Romney has also done well in the debates, but he is not as conservative as Newt Gingrich.”  (Source: Bill O’Reilly, Fox News, 12/2/2011)
  • Romney’s Chief Legal Counsel at the end of his term, Mark Nielsen, was on record as pro-abortion (as a candidate for Congress in 2000), and saw to it that Catholic Hospitals were forced to give morning-after abortion pills – clearly misinterpreting a new statute and ignoring constitutional religious freedom protections.  (Source: Romney Exposed, 6/20/11, )
  • Governor Romney passed a host of new tax and fee increases, hitting the corporate world hard and devastating job creation.  As Peter Nicholas, chairman of Boston Science Corporation, stated, “tax rates on many corporations almost doubled because of legislation supported by Romney.”(Source: Romney Exposed, 6/20/2011,)
  • The Cato Institute reported that in his first year as Governor, Romney “proposed $140 [million] in business tax hikes through the closing of ‘loopholes’ in the tax code.”  (Source: Cato Institute, Annual Fiscal Policy Report Card for America’s Governors, 2004, as quoted in Romney Exposed)

IN ROMNEY’S OWN WORDS:

“Look, I was an independent during the time of Reagan/Bush. I’m not trying to return to Reagan/Bush.”

“I do not take the position of a pro-life candidate.  I’m in favor of preserving and protecting a woman’s right to choose.” (Source: The Rolling Stone, 10/5/2011 )

“We’ll plug corporate tax loopholes so companies will pay their fair share.” (Source: Stateline, 2/25/2003, )

“We first have to get a budget in balance before we may have substantial tax cuts.” (Source: Harvard Crimson, October 21, 1994)

“Everybody in our state has to have health insurance. We`re not going to have free riders…And that`s a model which I think has some merit more generally.” (Source: PBS, 6/5/2006)

“I’m proud of what we’ve done. If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” (Source: Newsweek, 12/2/2007)

“I think you’re going to find when it’s all said and done, after all these states that are the laboratories of democracy, get their chance to try their own plans, but those who follow the path that we pursued will find it’s the best path, and we’ll end up with a nation that’s taken a mandate approach.” (Source: Think Progress, 5/12/2011, ))

“I think people recognize that I am not a partisan Republican. That I’m someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive.” (Source: Business Insider, 12/13/2011, )

Photo credit: Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich laugh during the Republican presidential candidates debate in Sioux City, Iowa, December 15, 2011. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Video credit: mittromney/YouTube

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You know it’s getting good when the republicans are accusing one another of being ‘moderate.’

“So level-headed is my opponent, I wouldn’t trust him to throw the tea party a piece of grilled chicken breast, much less any good red meat. Tea Party gotta eat too!!! This is no time for being moderate. There is never a time for being moderate. Not with all this fluoride in the water supply! The world is extreme and I’m its daddy. Vote for me!!!”

Good times. The GOP has reached freakshow status.

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newt being mean? say it ain’t so!

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