J.C. Watts, a Newt Gingrich supporter, says Mitt Romney’s attacks on his candidate shows the former House speaker is a serious threat as “dogs don’t bark at parked cars.” The former Oklahoma congressman also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Gingrich and his supporters are ready for “the balance of the battle.”
“We knew that Florida would not be easy. We thought, you know, going in, we had a pretty good ground game — which I think we did,” Watts said. “However, I think we got outspent about, you know, 12, 13 to 1 on the airwaves. And so you always need . . . an air attack to support your ground attack. We couldn’t compete on the airwaves, with Florida being such a — such a big state.
“But I still think the speaker’s positioned extremely, extremely well. I think he probably becomes the target of the Romney folks and the [Rick] Santorum folks,” he said. “But again, the speaker’s got a good record to run on. And as the old saying goes, the speaker used to say us: ‘They can lie louder, but we can tell the truth longer.’ So I think he’ll continue to do that. And we’re ready for the balance of the battle.”
Watts noted that although negative ads and campaigning are distasteful to many voters, they do work.
“I recite what Buddy Watts, my dad, used to say is: ‘Dogs don’t bark at parked cars.’ I think the speaker is a threat — will be — to Senator Santorum and has been to Governor Romney. So he will continue to be under attack,” Watts said. “But again, I think he got a balanced budget, entitlement reform, paid down the public debt, helped create 11 million jobs when he was the speaker. And you know, the only time in my lifetime we’ve had a balanced budget is when Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House.”
Watts said Gingrich has good chances going into Super Tuesday on March 6.
“We think there are some shots — Nevada, Arizona — we think we can be competitive there,” he continued. “And that’ll give us a boost going into Super Tuesday, and we feel pretty good about that.”
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