"The fact is I don’t believe the Republican party is going to nominate a liberal who is pro- abortion, pro gun-control pro tax-increase pro gay-rights and I don’t think Romney can frankly raise enough money to sustain the falsehoods that are the basis of his campaign."
Newt has said that Romney is "breathtakingly dishonest", and yet he is saying that Romney is pro-abortion, which is false, pro gun-control, which is false, pro tax-increase, which is false, and pro gay-rights, which is false.
Now what Newt probably meant is that Romney has held those positions in the past, but he didn't say "was" -- He said "is", even though the latest time Romney held any of those positions was years ago, and he has been consistent since.
If we are going to "was", then unfortunately Newt is in trouble, because then people have to analyze his voting record. How he is getting away with being the "conservative" candidate, I'll never know.
If we are looking at "is", how are Newt's current positions any more conservative than Romney's current positions?
Ronald Reagan, the greatest conservative maybe in history, was a liberal Democrat before he was a Republican.
Reagan actively supported Democratic candidates. But somewhere along the way, he realized he was wrong. His views changed, his stances on issues changed, and he slowly became a conservative. If Newt were running against Reagan, he would be calling him a liberal who "is" pro New Deal.
Newt is upset with Romney over being "dishonest" about a few accusations:
- Lobbyist: Romney has called Newt a lobbyist. That's not true. Newt was simply a person who was being paid by health companies at the same time he was trying to influence legislation that affected those health companies. (Which is exactly what lobbyists do.)
- Resign in Disgrace: Romney has said that Newt was forced to resign in disgrace as the Speaker of the House. That's not true. Newt was simply reprimanded by the majority of the House (395-28), and then he chose to resign. (As if he had a choice.)
- Ethics Violation & Fine: Romney has said that Newt was investigated for 84 ethics-charge violations and handed a $300,000 fine. That's not true. 83 of the ethics-charge violations were dropped, and the $300,000 he paid was simply for the costs of the investigation. (He was investigated on 84 charges and paid a $300,000 fine.)
Newt does not like how Romney presents facts, and that is why he calls him "breathtakingly dishonest." But to say Romney is a "pro abortion liberal" when Romney has explained his position over and over again is somehow not dishonest.
Romney made this statement earlier in the week which I thought was absolutely perfect:
"[Gingrich] is now finding excuses everywhere he can," Romney said. "He's on TV this morning going from station to station complaining about what he thinks were the reasons he thinks he's had difficulty here in Florida. But you know, we've got a president who has a lot of excuses, and the excuses are over, it’s time to produce."
Newt needs to man up and buckle down and take his opponent on without resorting to slander. But that is not the campaign strategy of a desparate candidate.