Gingrich Swipes at Romney's Flip-Flopping

'I wouldn't lie to the American people' to become president, he says

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 29, 2011 9:51 AM CST

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich took on Mitt Romney yesterday in a phone call with South Carolina radio station WSC, CNN reports, calling himself “a lot more conservative” than his competitor for the Republican presidential nomination. “There needs to be a solid conservative alternative to Mitt Romney,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t “lie to the American people. I wouldn't switch my position for political reasons."

“It's perfectly reasonable to change positions if you see new things you didn't see,” he continued, adding that even GOP hero Ronald Reagan did that. But “if you go around and adopt radically different positions based on need for any one election, people will ask, ‘What will you tell me next time?’” Gingrich admitted he’s not perfect—no one is—but said, “I don't claim to be the perfect candidate, I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney and a lot more electable than anybody else.” Click to see why Gingrich's campaign is like The Producers.

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney laugh before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney laugh before a Republican presidential debate at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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