Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday said that he had an uphill battle to win the GOP nomination because “Massachusetts liberal” Mitt Romney was “carpet bombing” him with negative ads.
Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Gingrich why polls showed him losing over 15 points in Florida in less than a week.
“Governor Romney has the ability to raise an amazing amount of money out of Wall Street, from Goldman Sachs to all the major banks,” Gingrich explained. “And he has a basic policy of carpet bombing his opponent. He doesn’t build up Mitt Romney, he just tries to tear down whoever he’s running against. And it has an affect.”
“I think it is going to be close,” the former House Speaker said of his chances in the Florida primary. “We have the two polls this morning that show that Santorum and I collectively are bigger than Romney. Romney beats me as long as we split the conservative vote. We have a tremendous effort underway to reach to conservatives to get them to see that the only effective way to stop a Massachusetts liberal from becoming our nominee is to vote for Newt Gingrich.”
The NBC News/Marist poll released Sunday showed Romney with 42 percent support in Florida, a 15-point lead over Gingrich’s 27 percent. Santorum was in third place with 16 percent support.
Watch this video from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Jan. 29, 2012.