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Romney Preparing Attack On Newt Gingrich

Hannah Madans |
December 1, 2011 | 2:13 p.m. PST

Associate News Editor

Mitt Romney may be preparing an attack on Newt Gingrich after his rise in the polls. (courtesy Creative Commons)
Mitt Romney may be preparing an attack on Newt Gingrich after his rise in the polls. (courtesy Creative Commons)
Mitt Romney will start emphasizing his family to draw contrasts between him and Newt Gingrich, who has been married three times, Politico reports.

Gingrich’s new popularity has caught Romney off guard and Romney’s team is now debating whether to take Gingrich on aggressively, according to The Washington Post.

Romney is now, according to Politico, “preparing a robust, sustained attack that targets the former House speaker as a Washington insider and serial flip-flopper who can’t be trusted with the nation’s economy.”

With five weeks to go before the Iowa caucus, Romney’s advisers still claim they are not concerned about Gingrich’s surge in the polls, but are preparing ways for Romney to attack Gingrich directly and proactively, according to Politico.

Romney’s team plans to bring up Gingrich’s shifts in policy as a way to protect Romney from attacks of being a flip-flopper. They will also bring up Gingrich’s conservative views against Romney’s moderate ones. Romney’s stable family life and marriage will also be brought up in contrast to Gingrich’s two divorces.

Romney has been married for 42 years and has five sons. He does not plan to mention Gingrich’s three marriages, but hopes that focusing on his family values will raise conversation about Gingrich’s, according to Politico.

Romney also hopes to present himself as someone who has spent his life in the “real” economy, opposed to Gingrich who, as House speaker, appears as an establishment figure.

“Speaker Gingrich is a good man, he and I have very different backgrounds,” Romney told Bret Baier on Fox News Tuesday night according to Politico. “He spent his last 30 or 40 years in Washington. I spent my career in the private sector, and I think that’s what the country needs right now.”


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