Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney and challenger Newt Gingrich have engaged in some testy exchanges during the campaign. The battle has become particularly fierce since former Massachusetts Gov. Romney gained traction in Iowa with a series of negative ads against the former House speaker.
Gingrich has been able to skewer Romney with some memorable lines, and Politico
has put together a list of the top five:
“The guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama”
Ripping Romney as the “establishment” candidate to a crowd at a steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, S.C., this week, Gingrich put their choice in these terms: “Ask yourself a simple question: Why would you want to nominate the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?” He was referring, of course, to Romney’s defeat at the hands of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in the 2008 GOP presidential race.
“I would bet you $10 . . . ”
This line allowed Gingrich to kill two birds with one stone: Romney’s work as co-founder of private equity firm Bain Capital and Romney’s offer to fellow candidate Rick Perry for a $10,000 wager during one of the debates. “If Gov. Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, then I would be happy to at least listen to him,” Gingrich said. “I would bet you $10 — not $10,000 — that he won’t take the offer.”
“Are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?” “Yes.”
The question came from Norah O’Donnell of CBS News, and that was Gingrich’s answer. The full dialogue went as follows:
O’Donnell: “Are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?”
O’Donnell: “You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?”
Gingrich: “Well, you seemed shocked by it. Yes.”
Gingrich wasn’t the least bit impressed with Romney’s claim in the Jan. 8 New Hampshire debate that politics don’t represent his career. Gingrich’s response: “Can we drop a little bit of the pious baloney? . . . You’ve been running consistently for years and years and years, so this idea that suddenly citizenship showed up in your mind – just level with the American people. You’ve been running at least since the 1990s.”
“You lost to Teddy Kennedy”
This memorable line, issued at an earlier debate in Iowa, also came in response to Romney’s claim that he’s not a career politician. “Let’s be candid,” Gingrich said. “The only reason you didn’t become a career politician is you lost to [Sen.] Teddy Kennedy in 1994.”
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