Gingrich Lambastes Romney for PAC's 'Smear Campaign'
Mitt says he can't control 'independent' group
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2011 7:18 AM CST
Republican presidential candidate former House Speaker Newt Gingrich listens to a question during a campaign stop at Al-Jon manufacturing in Ottumwa, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney was confronted yesterday over the anti-Gingrich attack ads that a pro-Romney super PAC has been pumping out, prompting him to label the whole concept of super PACs “a disaster”—and insist he couldn’t lawfully intervene. “My goodness, if we coordinate in any way whatsoever, we go to the big house,” he said. Newt Gingrich read those remarks at a press conference later. “Baloney,” he declared, observing that the PAC was founded by ex-Romney staffers and funded by “his personal friends,” the AP reports.

“Understand, these are his people running his ads, doing his dirty work while he pretends to be above it,” Gingrich said, calling Romney’s statements “palpably misleading, clearly false, and politics in its worst form.” Gingrich also has a PAC run by a former top aide, and said that if it aired “a single negative ad” he would “disown” it. Gingrich blasts Romney’s ads as “lies” and a “negative smear campaign.” In reply, the Romney PAC told the Wall Street Journal simply, "the truth hurts."

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OuttaHere
Dec 21, 2011 9:19 PM CST
Newt, open your ears. The fat lady is singing.
LollieDotCom
Dec 21, 2011 10:38 AM CST
Gingrich said ".... politics in its worst form." And he was talking about someone else? Not himself? And he wasn't struck dead with a bolt of lightening from the heavens? That settles it. There is no God. I am forthwith an Atheist. I need a card. Where do I get my Atheist card? I am ready to be a card carrying Atheist right this second!! Unless God is a lot like Ashton Kutcher and Gingrich is just a prick he's playing on us!
greenlantern1
Dec 21, 2011 9:26 AM CST
Gingrich is preaching ethics? Wasn't he censured? Clifford Spencer