March 28, 2012 |
Casino titan Sheldon Adelson, who has almost single-handedly bankrolled a “super PAC” backing Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign, now believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line.” Speaking to a group outside his Las Vegas hotel and casino the Venetian, Adelson this week criticized GOP front-runner Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, but acknowledged that his preferred candidate had little hope of becoming the nominee. “It appears as though he's at the end of his - at the end of his line,” Adelson said in comments Monday that were reported by JewishJournal.com . “'Cause, I mean, mathematically, he can't get anywhere near the numbers, and there's not - unlikely there'll be a brokered convention.” Adelson, along with his wife and children, has donated $16.5 million to Winning Our Future, a super PAC that was instrumental in paying for advertising to boost Gingrich's cash-strapped campaign.
March 28, 2012 |
Though he has announced his full-time campaign staff will be cut by a third, that his campaign schedule will be scaled back and his campaign manager has been replaced, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich remains adamant that he will stay in the race. "[Mitt] Romney has to earn this. It's not going to be given to him," Gingrich said in an interview with Washington's WTOP-FM Wednesday morning, soon after his campaign's announcement of the cutbacks. Putting his campaign in a sports context throughout the interview and evoking the St. Louis Cardinals' underdog sprint to a World Series win last year, Gingrich continually stressed that he wouldn't drop his candidacy despite its current struggles.
March 27, 2012 |
Newt Gingrich's campaign says that a new policy to charge supporters $50 to take a photo with the GOP hopeful is really a way to showcase the grass-roots strength of his shoestring campaign. Reporters traveling with the former House speaker on Monday took note of the new paid photo policy , observing that he had long taken pictures with people attending his events for free. A campaign spokesman said Gingrich will continue to do so when he works the rope lines after he speaks.
March 27, 2012
Was President Obama playing a political race card when he observed that, if he had a son, the boy would look like Trayvon Martin? That's what Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are claiming. "What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful," Gingrich told Fox News. "Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK, because it didn't look like him? Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. " Santorum said Obama was using "these types of horrible and tragic individual cases to try to drive a wedge in America.
March 22, 2012 |
It was Newt Gingrich's turn Thursday to mock Mitt Romney, brandishing a pink Etch-A-Sketch with “No Romney” printed on the back at a glorified photo op at Big Al's Seafood Restaurant in Houma, La. The toy, handed to him by conservative activist Jeff Giles (who is actually a Santorum supporter), has become the topic of various barbs against Romney after Romney campaign manager Eric Fehrnstrom told CNN, “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes.
March 15, 2012 |
He's lost 26 of the last 27 Republican delegate contests. His money is running low. Any chance that he might gain the presidential nomination has now disappeared. But Newt Gingrich isn't leaving the campaign trail -- though Rick Santorum and some leading conservatives wish he would quit. At 68, the former House speaker is making what figures to be his last fling at elective politics. But it is his sense of himself as an epic figure that may well be what's keeping him going.
March 14, 2012 |
Newt Gingrich wanted to show up in the Chicago suburbs Wednesday with two new reasons Republicans should make him their presidential nominee: Alabama and Mississippi. Instead, with two more losses and no momentum boost, he stuck to an old standby: He's the smartest guy in the race. Putting himself in the company of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, he argued that he is the only candidate running in the GOP contests who gets science and technology and who knows how to employ it to revolutionize the federal government.
March 13, 2012 |
Scoring major upsets in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, Rick Santorum dealt a potentially crippling blow to Newt Gingrich and effectively emerged as Mitt Romney's lead challenger for the Republican presidential nomination. With most of the votes tallied, Gingrich was finishing a close second to Santorum in both states, followed by Romney. Santorum's victories in the heart of the GOP's Deep South stronghold give him a burst of momentum heading into the next round of contests in Missouri, Illinois and Louisiana.
March 8, 2012 |
Poor Mitt Romney. He won six of 10 states on Super Tuesday, including hotly contested Ohio. He lengthened his lead in the count of delegates who will actually choose the Republican presidential nominee. But he's still a long way from claiming victory. Why? Because there's no compelling reason for Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul to drop out of the race. Each has a reason to keep fighting at least through April - and maybe all the way to the convention in August. The elongated GOP primary race is partly a product of new party rules that aimed deliberately to produce a longer campaign, mostly by allowing losing candidates to win more of the delegates through proportional allocation.