Newt: I Can Still Win It
Gingrich flip-flops on winning as Iowa rivals make final push
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 3, 2012 3:54 AM CST
Updated Jan 3, 2012 5:19 AM CST
"Whatever I do tomorrow night, I will be a victor because I’m still standing," Gingrich said Monday.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – It's crunch time in the cornfields, and while polls show Newt Gingrich in fourth place, the candidate yesterday said he may still "pull off one of the greatest upsets in the history of the Iowa caucuses." The upbeat tone, however, only came after a supporter asked him to stop publicly declaring that he won't win, Politico notes. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, told supporters: "We're going to win this thing," the Des Moines Register reports. Campaign aides later said that the "thing" Romney meant was the nomination, not the Iowa caucuses.

As rivals talked victory, Ron Paul—who is, along with Romney and the surging Rick Santorum, considered a leading contender in Iowa—said his chances of winning the White House are slim, AP reports. Asked whether he could see himself in the Oval Office, he said: "Not really, but I think it's a possibility." Santorum drew large crowds as he made his final pitches, ABC reports. He urged Iowa's voters not to pick somebody purely on the basis of electability. "They may not be able to do what American needs to get done and that’s a victory that will feel very empty," he said.

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DanPB
Jan 4, 2012 6:27 PM CST
All Newtie wants to do is take in more donations, then drop out and bank the balance of his take.
SPHeroid
Jan 3, 2012 7:21 PM CST
I've been politically aware for over 35 years now and have never seen a weaker GOP field for the Presidency.... This group makes McCain/Palin look good....
OuttaHere
Jan 3, 2012 3:58 PM CST
You already won Newt. You'll outsell all of them on Amazon.