COLUMBUS, Ga. — Newt Gingrich on Friday served notice that he intends to serve as Mitt Romney’s bulldog in the upcoming presidential contest, bringing an audience at the state GOP convention to its feet several times with comparisons of the presumptive Republican nominee to President Barack Obama.
“Let’s have a contest – who has killed more jobs in their career?” Gingrich asked, alluding to the Obama campaign’s attack on Romney’s years at Bain Capital. Romney may have had some down periods, Gingrich said, but “ultimately” the former Massachusetts governor was a job creator.
Gingrich also declared he would have Romney’s back when it came to the question of the candidate’s Mormon faith. “He takes it seriously. It is a deep part of his life. He is committed to it,” Gingrich said.
The former U.S. House speaker, who went to high school in Columbus, will appear at a major Cobb County fundraiser with Romney on June 11. “This is going to be a rough and tumble campaign. I did all I could to get Mitt ready,” Gingrich said to some laughter. He closed with this line:
“I am not for a narrow victory. I am for crushing the left in every single race.” With that, as the crowd stood, he abruptly walked away from the microphone and waved good-bye.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider