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
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)

(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.

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Dec 28, 2011 11:21 AM CST
the funny thing is that both newt and romney realize that some socialism is necessary for a functioning developed nation with a healthy middle class.
Dec 28, 2011 11:03 AM CST
As a European with some knowledge of the European Parliament I can say without any shadow of doubt that not even Barack Obama would be socialist enough to be in the European socialist collective. And besides they are not ]true socialists. They are social democrats. There is a world of difference between the socialism of the old Labour party in Britain and the 'socialism' of todays political parties and a significant difference between the old Labour party and the former communist East. This man is dishonest or ignorant.
Dec 28, 2011 7:49 AM CST
Newt, I'm sorry you didn't come up with these ideas but don't take it so hard you'll come up with some soon.