Calls Gingrich Erratic

January 24, 2012 by staff 

Calls Gingrich Erratic, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is targeting Newt Gingrich with attacks as they go into tonight’s GOP debate in Florida.

Romney said Gingrich was “erratic” and “a failed leader” Sunday in a step to regain his lead in the GOP presidential race, while political pundits are saying that Romney needs to put Gingrich on the defensive to pull a win in Florida’s Jan. 31 primary.

Gingrich surged ahead of Romney in the South Carolina primary Saturday, winning with 40.4 percent to Romney’s 27.9 percent.

Romney called Gingrich’s behavior erratic and called for the disclosure of Gingrich’s clients, contracts and records after he left Congress, especially his consulting contract with mortgage lender Freddie Mac, according to the Associated Press. Gingrich told several media outlets that his campaign is working to release his Freddie Mac records.

In Florida Sunday, Romney pointed out that although they have both been leaders, “it was proven (Gingrich) was a failed leader,” according to The Washington Post.

With second place finishes in Iowa (after the recount) and South Carolina and a win in New Hampshire, is Romney headed for a third second-place finish in Florida?

The New York Times is predicting Gingrich will take Florida with 43.9 percent of the votes and Romney will come in second place with 30.1 percent of the votes.

Jonathan Capeheart of The Washington Post points out that Romney will lose in Florida because he isn’t conservative enough for Florida voters.

If Gingrich does indeed win in Florida the race for the GOP nomination, assumed to be Romney’s just last week, figures to be a tough fight.

Amy Walter of ABC News suggests that for Romney to win in Florida, he should “let Newt be Newt.” Gingrich is polished and poised, but he lacks the ability to stay that way for long, Walter writes.

Walter had two more suggestions for Romney: To stop Gingrich from becoming an anti-Washington populist candidate and to stop using politicians as messengers.

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