Gingrich Links Romney to 'European Socialists'

Pro-Gingrich PAC slams 'liberal Republican establishment'

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 28, 2011 1:55 AM CST

(Newser) – As the Iowa caucuses loom, Newt Gingrich's campaign is seeking to paint Mitt Romney as a "Massachusetts moderate"—who gets his ideas from "European socialists." The Gingrich campaign has pounced on recent Romney comments in which he suggested that a European-style value added tax could replace part of the tax code at the corporate level, and praised the co-incentive aspect of the health-care system in Switzerland, where people pay some 20% of their medical bills, ABC reports.

"The fact that he’s willing to look at European socialism shows just how far out of the conservative mainstream he is," a Gingrich spokesman says. As Gingrich—who says he wouldn't vote for Ron Paul if he became the GOP nominee—attacks his rivals, a pro-Gingrich super PAC has gone on the offensive against the party. A new Iowa ad from Winning Our Future urges conservative voters not to let the "liberal Republican establishment" choose the Republican nominee, CBS reports.

Newt Gingrich and his wife stand inside their campaign bus after making a campaign stop at the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa, yesterday.
Newt Gingrich and his wife stand inside their campaign bus after making a campaign stop at the National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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