Tags: Mitt Romney | | Newt Gingrich | Gingrich | Iowa | Caucuses

Gingrich Says Conservatives Will Be Iowa Winners

Tuesday, 03 Jan 2012 04:15 AM

By Hiram Reisner

Presidential contender Newt Gingrich says because so many Iowa caucus-goers reportedly remain undecided, any of the Republican hopefuls could win. The former House speaker also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Monday he believes the result of today’s Iowa caucuses will be good news for conservatives.
 
Gingrich had been quoted earlier Monday saying he probably would not win in Iowa, but told Hannity that was not the whole story.

“I should say, Sean, the second half of the sentence that didn’t make the headline is I said the Des Moines poll says 41 percent are undecided — if that is the case, any of us could win — that is such a huge swing vote that all of us basically are in the hunt,” Gingrich said. “I think the good news for conservatives tonight is that somewhere between 76 and 79 percent of the vote is going to go to . . . conservatives.

“And the only moderate establishment candidate is going to get something like 21 percent to 23 percent of the vote,” he said, clearly referring to Mitt Romney. “So this will clearly be a victory for conservatism to set the stage for the rest of the primary campaign, as a choice between a Massachusetts moderate, and a conservative as we work our way through the issues.”

Hannity asked Gingrich about negative ads put out by political action committees supporting Romney and whether he planned to respond in kind.

“I’m not going to engage in that kind of petty negativity — I think it demeans the politics and it demeans the country. It’s exactly what we don’t need in Washington — there is enough hostility and negativity already,” Gingrich said. “All I’ll say is that I will be prepared Wednesday morning in New Hampshire to draw a clear contrast between conservatism and the Romney record, which was to not be for Reagan in the 1980s, to be a Democrat for Paul Tsongas in 1992 — when Tsongas was the most liberal candidate — to run to the left of Teddy Kennedy in 1994, which is not an easy thing to do.

“To describe himself as a moderate running for governor in 2002, to have tax paid abortion in Romneycare, to have Planned Parenthood written by law into Romneycare as a key decider with no right to life group, by the way,” he continued. “We’ll just go through how wide the gap is between conservatism and the Massachusetts moderate policies that Romney . . . not in this campaign speeches or his paid ads, but in the real world — the moderate Massachusetts position that he espoused for his entire career.”

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