Newt Gingrich denounced Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney’s campaign as having “a basic policy of carpet bombing his opponent.”
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday” today, former House Speaker Gingrich predicted that the GOP presidential primary in Florida on Tuesday will be "very close" between him and Romney and insisted that the "old establishment" in the party is trying to block Gingrich's path to nomination
"Governor Romney has the ability to raise an amazing amount of money out of Wall Street from Goldman Sachs to all the major banks. And he has a basic policy of carpet bombing the opponent," Gingrich told host Chris Wallace.
Romney’s unfair salvos have hurt his campaign, the former House speaker said, adding, "He doesn't build up Romney. He just tries to tear down whoever he's running against. And it has an effect — we are in a tough campaign down here."
Gingrich ramped up his argument that the former Massachusetts governor isn’t a conservative; instead of using his usual label for Romney as a “Massachusetts moderate,” Gingrich labeled him a "Massachusetts liberal” during his interview with Wallace.
Also on the show, Gingrich defended years-old remarks that Romney has twisted into arguing that Gingrich contends that Spanish is "the language of the ghetto."
"I never used the word Spanish in the conversation," Gingrich told Wallace.
"I wasn't talking about any single language," he said. "Go back and read the text. I didn't reference any single language. English should be the language of every single student because it is the language" needed to "get ahead in America."
"We don't want anyone trapped in America not able to speak English because English is the language of commercial success and gives you a better job," Gingrich said. Romney "turned that on its head and said something that was simply not true" with an ad contending that Gingrich referred specifically to Spanish.
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