Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney will “limp into South Carolina” with barely enough support to make it through the Jan. 21 primary, rival Newt Gingrich said Monday on Sean Hannity’s radio show.
“He is not a conservative, and I think as a moderate from Massachusetts … he’s going to have a hard time in the Republican primaries once he leaves New England,” Gingrich said.
He said if the former Massachusetts governor does not win the Southern state decisively, “I think he has a real challenge.”
Gingrich, a former House speaker, said Romney also needs to come clean about his personal beliefs and political stance.
“He’s not nearly as radical as Barack Obama, but he is in the tradition of the Massachusetts culture,” Gingrich said. “When you take on somebody like Obama, with his billion-dollar campaign, you had better know who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe in, because they’re going to come at you from every angle.”
Gingrich said South Carolina is “the real do-or-die state.”
“I think that it is very, very important that we be in a position to take him head-on in South Carolina,” he said. “I think, frankly, for Romney, this is sort of do or die. He’s got to get above 25 percent outside of the Northeast, and if he can’t get above 25 percent I don’t see a path for him to succeed."
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