Mitt Romney’s Iowa plan: Eliminate Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry on the cheap

DES MOINES, Iowa – The source is unnamed, but Roger Simon at Politico.com this morning lays bare what Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney hopes to gain on Tuesday – and why the surge by Rick Santorum doesn’t bother him a whit:

“Iowa is about eliminating [Newt] Gingrich and [Rick] Perry without us having to spend a lot of money to do so,” the aide said. “Last time, we spent $2 million just on the [Ames] straw poll, $10 million on television and had over 30 paid staffers. This year we’ve been on TV for only a month and have not spent much on ads, we’ve have five paid staffers and we didn’t do the straw poll.”

The Romney aide believes the turning point in the campaign came when Perry toned down or abandoned his attacks on Romney. “They weren’t working, and he realized it,” the aide said. “Romney’s favorables are very high, and why go after a guy with very high favorables?”

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On Sunday, Newt Gingrich declared that Mitt Romney “would buy the election if he could” – and said he’d been “Romney-boated” by the former Massachusetts governor and his affiliated Super PAC.

On Monday, with less than 36 hours before the Republican caucuses convene, the former U.S. House speaker expounded on the topic during an address to a farm group in Independence, on the state’s eastern side:

”I wish, frankly, that the people running all these negative ads would adopt a very simple rule: If you won’t show the ad to your grandchildren, don’t run them. If you’re not proud of it, don’t run them. I think you’d see 80 percent of the negativity come off TV. I have no problem with contrast – people just saying, this is where I stand, this is where you stand. That’s fine. But a lot of the negativity is just very clever consultants who are paid a lot of money to be nasty.

“It has nothing to do with governing America, solving our problems. It has everything to do with a very cheap and very destructive model of politics – which is why I think Washington is sick today.

If Gingrich does receive a drubbing at the hands of Iowa voters, this is the ad – which ran non-stop in Iowa over the weekend — that will receive much of the blame. Or credit:

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Christopher London

January 2nd, 2012
11:17 am

In a fractured field of weaker candidates and with all the advantages being his, including having Wall Street’s money men and the media illuminati in his back pocket, Mitt Romney, the dutiful candidate of America’s 1%, still can not surge to any kind of super majority, despite his friends funding black ops against his key competitors for the nomination. Furthermore, he has not won over the hearts and minds of a substantial majority of Iowa voters despite the media’s push polling. Political chaos leading up to the Iowa Caucuses may be Mitt Romney’s friend for now but it forebodes the truth about one of the most fundamentally dishonest men to ever run for the Presidency in the United States. Multiple Choice Mitt is a ‘Political Chameleon’ and shape-shifter who LIES and changes his positions on a dime with a proficiency and shamelessn­ess literally unrivaled in the history of American politics. Romney is a hollow man with no core principles or values, except perhaps political expediency. In up close retail politics, Romney’s fraudulence and opportunism is so crystal clear that it simply makes him not embraceable by discerning people, even those in his own party. It is not solely his ’struggles winning over evangelical Christians’ as the mainstream media spins, voters across a wide demographic see the shape-shifting Mormon as a slick and slippery used car salesman in a Wall Street suit. 75% of Iowa voters wants someone other than Romney.Iowa voters are in effect telling America in these polls that as shiny and pretty as is Mitt Romney, he is a like a “JoePa”, one of those famous cardboard cutouts of an actual human being that one could find all over Penn State’s campus during Joe Paterno’s reign as head coach of the Nittany Lions.If the good people of Iowa vote their conscience on caucus night and ignore the mainstream media propaganda about whom is the most electable candidate, Romney should collapse in Iowa and he should come in 3rd place behind Ron Paul and Rick Santorum with Gingrich or Perry on his heels. For that to happen the “sheeple” will have to think for themselves.

interested observer

January 2nd, 2012
11:20 am

A Republican complaining about negative ads?

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
11:26 am

Gingrich should drop out after Iowa. He has no chance after he also gets drubbed in New Hampshire. Even a win or decent showing in South Carolina is not going to resurrect his skeleton campaign which didn’t even get him qualified in Virginia.

Romney is going to be the GOP nominee this time – there is no Huckabee to block him.

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
11:36 am

He won’t be selling many more books after South Carolina and Florida’s January primaries, and he will only make Romney mad if he keeps attacking.

Gingrich has a bigger ego than Ron Paul, so will drop out when he keeps losing. The sooner the better if he really wants to have a shot at an administration job in case Romney beats Obama.

Bucky

January 2nd, 2012
11:42 am

Good Grief…
Has the World ever seen a Bigger Whiner than Newt?

Hey Newt, instead of bitching, explain to us, with specificity and in great detail, which ads, the Pacs, Romney, Perry, or Paul have run, which are not true?

Mitt will at least address in detail anything attacks thrown his way.

Chris Wallace of Fox called you a whiney boob, and ABC said everything in the ads are true.

Newt is arguing “process”. The gloves are about to come off, and Mitt and his team is ready, for this unhealthy, fat, crybaby. The lean mean Romney machine will pummel the Humpty Dumpty doe-boy into the mat.

Newt, did you take money, millions, from fanny and freddie or not?
Newt, did you sit with Nancy Pelosi or not?
Newt, did you attack Capitalism, or not?
Newt, do any of your former House members endorse you or not?
Newt, did you fool around on your sick wives and then marry your mistress”, or not?

You did it to yourself Newt. You are “unfit” to be President. Hit the bricks.

catlady

January 2nd, 2012
12:00 pm

Karma is sweet.

Newt

January 2nd, 2012
12:05 pm

Please do tell how a Southern Baptist or Baptist if you will converts to catholicism. You want to know why people are upset and have a deep distrust. This is the number one reason. If you are a man of faith and stand by your principles you don’t run to another religion just to marry a bimbo. If you do that is the dumbest idiotic thing a man can do which is to abandon his principles.

I liked you for a long time till I heard this bit of information and has plunged me into thinking about voting Ron Paul. I don’t agree with everything he says but he hasn’t changed his wording in anything as far as I can tell. Ron Paul 2012

George Hills

January 2nd, 2012
12:06 pm

> this is where I stand, this is where you stand.
Mr. Gingrich is guilty of “facts evasion”. In politics, it’s not what you claim you’re gonna do, it’s what you’ve done that makes believers. This guy has done a lot of people dirty.

mehlman rings twice

January 2nd, 2012
12:16 pm

Yeah but he’s such a great debater!

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:17 pm

Someone’s faith is a stupid quality to vote on

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

Darvocet spending posted “Someone’s faith is a stupid quality to vote on”

For once we agree – unless that person’s faith is his/her overriding personality trait like Huckabee, Bachmann, and Perry.

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:27 pm

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
12:24 pm

Darvocet spending posted “Someone’s faith is a stupid quality to vote on”

For once we agree – unless that person’s faith is his/her overriding personality trait like Huckabee, Bachmann, and Perry.

No, that makes it objectively worse

mehlman rings twice

January 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

Bill Orifice White will be on here soon telling us that Newt will destroy Obama in a debate. Well Jerry Sandusky could probably out-coach most coaches but that does mean I would support him being hired at my alma mater.

td

January 2nd, 2012
12:31 pm

Is not faith the same thing as someones belief system? So you think a persons belief system is not important and does not give the voter an indication of how the candidate will analysis information coming into them as President and the likelihood of the decisions they would make.

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:32 pm

Hey everyone, remember to not reply to TD this new year!

td

January 2nd, 2012
12:33 pm

mehlman rings twice

January 2nd, 2012
12:28 pm

Since you are attempting to compare Newt with a pedophile then Obama and the rumors of his homosexual tendencies should not be out of line for discussion?

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

Don’t reply to TD, yall.

td

January 2nd, 2012
12:35 pm

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:32 pm
Hey everyone, remember to not reply to TD this new year!

I would say the same about darvocet but he/she would just reappear as Billy May Here or many of his other alternate names. Kyle Wingfield called you and your game plan out troll.

GT/MIT

January 2nd, 2012
12:39 pm

All of you folks here that seem to be worried about electing an inept liar and a charlatan to the presidency, need only to look at the White House occupants we have today. We really couldn’t do worse.

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

No, I kept changing names because Kyle kept deleting them, but I’m not trolling. I’m giving everyone honest, heartfelt advice that they should not reply to you, TD.

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

GT/MIT

January 2nd, 2012
12:39 pm

All of you folks here that seem to be worried about electing an inept liar and a charlatan to the presidency, need only to look at the White House occupants we have today. We really couldn’t do worse.

Great post highly insightful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mehlman rings twice

January 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

td @ 12:33 pm:

Go for it with the homosexual rumors. BTW, I’m not comparing Newt to a pedaphile. I’m just saying that just because someone is good at one particular task doesn’t mean they are fit for a leadership position.
Also, I guess the Jeff Gannon, Ken Melhman, George Bush rumors should not be out of line either?

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

I want Santorum to surge next, that guy’s comedy levels are off the charts

td

January 2nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

One wonders why Kyle would keep deleting your alternative names (what is it now 5, 6, 10? Maybe it could be because you are not giving “heartfelt advice” but are continualy bashing people and not defending an ideology?

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
12:46 pm

“Oh no, this fellow is not posting in a prescribed manner! Gentlemen, ban this man in the name of all that is fair and just! My delicate sensibilities have been offiended!!” –TD, 2012

td

January 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

mehlman rings twice

January 2nd, 2012
12:41 pm

Sort of like Obama has proved he is a leader? I think he has proved he may be one of the worst leaders this nation has ever had in the WH. I will stack up Newt’s accomplishments and capibility of a leader against Obama’s any day of the week and Newt will win.

Double

January 2nd, 2012
12:51 pm

The Freddie/Fanny money thing keeps coming up.Who authorized this payment to Newt?This buddy/buddy system has broke this nation.

Ga Values...Just call me heartless

January 2nd, 2012
12:52 pm

Amnesty Perry & Run Around Newt did it to themselves.. I’ll be voting for Ron Paul in the primary & general election.. No difference between Romney & Obama except the color.

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
12:54 pm

td posted “Is not faith the same thing as someones belief system?”

To some extent. But we have had secular humanist presidents in the past who served us equally as well. Many of us fear somebody who has an overriding theological belief system.

td

January 2nd, 2012
12:55 pm

Ga Values…Just call me heartless

January 2nd, 2012
12:52 pm

Ron Paul will not win the Republican nomination and will not run as a third party candidate. He will not run third party because it would ruin any chance Rand Paul would have in the future for higher office.

Double

January 2nd, 2012
12:55 pm

Student of Newt with only one screen name.Think you have stacked enough.

td

January 2nd, 2012
12:57 pm

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
12:54 pm

I am trying to think of a secular huminist we have had as President and a name evades me (maybe Wilson0. Who were you thinking of?

JCL

January 2nd, 2012
12:57 pm

For all who are religious why not stop ripping Newt apart for the personal sins for which he has repented and show a little grace. We all need it. We should all give it.

While doing that, it might be worth your time to consider that he is the only person running in this race that has a positive strategy to address the issues that most religious people care about. He’s the only one working towards implementing Ravi George’s 14th amendment personhood argument to stop the abortion mills. He’s the only one promising to aggressively re-balance the federal judiciary and push back against the social change imposed by the likes of the 9th circuit court of appeals. He’s the only one promising to stand with Israel by moving our embassy from Tel-aviv to Jerusalem. He’s the only one providing a national platform for senate and house hopefuls to run on in his 21st century contract with America which will allow them the strength in congress to actually do what he is talking about.

And lest you want to argue that his past moral failings make you believe he will not follow through just look at his record from 1995-1999. He did what he promised in the original contract with America. Newt is the only candidate in this race who can and will pass the agenda that religious people want.

mehlman rings twice

January 2nd, 2012
1:01 pm

Solid leader as a law student.
Solid leader as a community organizer.
Solid leader as a law professor.
Solid leader as a corporate lawyer (this is a private sector job).
Solid leader as a campaigner and then Senator.
Solid leader as a husband.
Solid leader as a President (even Rep. Joe Wilson must be envious of this).
Did I mention solid Husband yet?

JCL

January 2nd, 2012
1:11 pm

**
Sorry I need to make a correction. I meant to say:
He’s the only one working towards implementing Robert George’s 14th amendment personhood argument to stop the abortion mills.

JCL

January 2nd, 2012
1:14 pm

mehlman rings twice,
Could you give us a few examples of legislation and leadership that have yielded positive results that Senator Obama or President Obama have enacted?

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm

lol, abortion mills. “Yep, just got me a job on second down at the abortion mill.”

You are tragically hilarious

Alabama Communist

January 2nd, 2012
1:26 pm

More Breaking News On Anti Newt TV Iowa Ad paying $300,000 fine for being a Scumbag Crook…….A Spokensperson for the Newt Campaign in Northern Alabama said today..” Thats a dang lie, The fine was paid by Bob Dole and it was his fault.Newt was frame by a group of secret Kennesaw College Communists Profs”

td

January 2nd, 2012
1:30 pm

Darvocet spending

January 2nd, 2012
1:17 pm
lol, abortion mills. “Yep, just got me a job on second down at the abortion mill.”

You are tragically hilarious

Maybe this is the reason Kyle Wingfield has called you out so much? You have nothing constructive to bring to the discussion. It is always trying to be a smarta$$ and running someone else’s opinion down. Just go back and look at every post on this thread. I am guessing that you are young and are lacking in the ability to really come on here and defend your ideology so you have to resort to such tactics.

JCL

January 2nd, 2012
1:37 pm

Darvocet spending,

The tragedy is that 40 million living children have had their lives ended in this country since 1973. If you find that hilarious I am very sorry for you.

You may believe that those children are not really children and that it is ok to end their lives. It is your right to believe that and for most thinking people an issue as serious as this is anything but hilarious. My point is that most of the people who are ripping Newt Gingrich for his past moral failings agree with me and desperately want to see this practice brought to an end or at the very least made very very rare. If you are of that belief system Newt Gingrich is the only candidate in the race with an actual plan to move the country that direction. If you are not of that belief system there is a whole party dedicated to keeping it legal.

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

@ td – The term “secular humanism” is/was never used in politics – but Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Wilson, and Taft were of that ilk. There have probably been more modern presidents who are more secular, but at least minimum pandering to the religious right is now a requirement – more-so in the Republican party.

Many Democratic voters didn’t care if Obama, Clinton, Gore, Kerry, etc. were secular or not. It doesn’t bother me that Romney is a Morman or Gingrich is a converted Catholic – as long as that is not their central thrust.

JCL

January 2nd, 2012
1:43 pm

Alabama Communist,

Perhaps I am wrong, but the silly nature of your post tells me that posting the truth here is probably a waste of time. You have your mind made up and the truth will probably not be much of an obstacle to your opinion but if anyone is reading who actually cares about the facts here they are:

Eighty four politically motivated ethics charges were filed against Newt when he was Speaker of the House by a committee that included the very partisan Nancy Pelosi. Eighty-three of the eighty-four charges were found to be without merit and dropped. The remaining charge had to do with contradictory documents prepared by Newt’s lawyer supplied during the course of the investigation. Newt took responsibility for the error and agreed to reimburse the committee the cost of the investigation into that discrepancy. The agreement specifically stated the payment was a “cost assessment,” and not a fine.
In 1999, after a 3 1⁄2 year investigation, the Internal Revenue Service (under President Bill Clinton, nonetheless) concluded that Gingrich did not violate any tax laws, leading renowned CNN Investigative Reporter Brooks Jackson to remark on air “it turns out [Gingrich] was right and those who accused him of tax fraud were wrong.”

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
1:49 pm

@ GA Values posted “No difference between Romney & Obama except the color.”

How about these stated differences?

* Tackle the annual deficit and long term debt.

* Downsize and impose far greater productivity and efficiency inside the federal government. eliminate and cut programsreturn numerous federal programs to the states.

* Revamp the tax, Social Security and Medicare systems.

* Repeal/revamp Obamacare.

* Expand energy exploration.

* Confront Iranian nuclear acquisition.

* Appoint constitutional conservatives to the Supreme Court.

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
1:51 pm

I left out of Romney’s positions ILLEGAL immigration constraints.

td

January 2nd, 2012
1:54 pm

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
1:42 pm

I am going to have to disagree with you a little my friend. Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln were what I would call deist. They believed in a higher power and believed that there were a certain set of principles (religious based) to guide the decisions they made. I sort of thought Wilson was a secular humanist and I will take your word for Taft.

Michael H. Smith

January 2nd, 2012
2:03 pm

What does not bother me with Mitt Romney is that he can actually win the general election.

What does bothers me with all the others is a genuine doubt that any of them can win the general election, even though, anyone of the others would be better for the country than the present occupier of the people’s oval office, IMHO.

td

January 2nd, 2012
2:03 pm

The constitution is holding society back. I say we replace the constitution with the voice of the modern people. Gone are the days where everybody’s voice is suppressed.

Centrist

January 2nd, 2012
2:07 pm

@ td – Deists do not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God.

James Madison (I left him out above) quotes:

“During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial. What has been its fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and servility in the laity; in both, Famous Atheist & Quotes superstition, bigotry, and persecution.”

“In no instance have . . . the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people.”

“Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise.”

“What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political tyranny. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy.”

Thomas Jefferson quotes:

“The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.”

“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards uniformity.”

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.”

“History I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose. ”

“And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.”

“Religions are all alike – founded upon fables and mythologies.”

“I do not find in orthodox Christianity one redeeming feature.”

“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.”

“It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine had many such similar opinions, although never elected.

Abraham Lincoln quote: “”The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.”

Michael H. Smith

January 2nd, 2012
2:08 pm

I say let the voice of the people amend the Constitution. Reform it but don’t replace it.

JCL

January 2nd, 2012
2:09 pm

td,

I’ll have to agree with you on Romney versus Obama. Anyone who says they are the same on policy is simply being intellectually dishonest. You should, however, take a look at the differences between Newt’s economic plan and Romney’s.
Art Laffer, the chief architect of the Reagan recovery endorses Newts economic plan. He says he likes Romney’s as well but it is not nearly as good as Newts. the Wall Street Journal Panel said this weekend that Gingrich’s plan is aggressive while Romney’s is timid.
Also, Bently Elliott, director of White House speechwriting for President Reagan endorsed Newt this week in an op ed called “America Needs Newt.” He siad, “Just imagine what America could accomplish with the Gingrich Plan: with real spending restraints, real regulatory reform and a strong dollar, a 12.5% corporate tax rate, equaling Ireland’s near-lowest in the world, 100% expensing, an optional 15% flat tax, zero tax on capital gains and inheritances, an all-out drive for American energy and the choice of personal Social Security accounts for young people. Logic compels us to believe that with these bold solutions, Americans will once again surpass expectations and shock the world.”