Romney: Gingrich Is Too 'Zany'

Says his rival isn't enough of a leader to be president
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2011 3:33 PM CST
Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting Dec. 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney gave an interview to the New York Times today in which he fleshed out his line of attack that Newt Gingrich is unfit to be president. The main takeaway quote:

  • “Zany is great in a campaign. It’s great on talk radio. It’s great in print, it makes for fun reading. But in terms of a president, we need a leader, and a leader needs to be someone who can bring Americans together.”

It echoes a comment Romney made earlier this week when he called Gingrich "an extraordinarily unreliable leader," notes USA Today. In the Times interview, Romney also seemed to tamp down expectations in Iowa and New Hampshire. "If a candidate didn’t win in either one, let’s say one of the people in this contest—Rick Santorum, you know—didn’t win either one, do you write him off? No." (Read more Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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