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Mitt mocks and socks Newt before big Naples crowd

by George Bennett | January 29th, 2012

Romney works the crowd in Naples.

NAPLES — With polls showing him climbing to a commanding lead before Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary, Mitt Romney drew his biggest Sunshine State crowd today and mocked GOP rival Newt Gingrich as “Goldilocks,” then accused the former House speaker of being an accessory to the state’s mortgage meltdown.

The crowd at a downtown retail area topped 2,000, one Naples police officer estimated.

Former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack and his son, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, introduced Romney at the midday event. Romney campaigns later today in Hialeah and Pompano Beach.

Romney, who dominated a pair of GOP debates last week, accused Gingrich of being “like Goldilocks” because he complained a Monday night debate crowd was ordered to be silent and one of his aides said the Romney camp “packed the room” for a louder Thursday debate.

“He’s now finding excuses everywhere he can. He’s on TV this morning going from station to station complaining about what he thinks are the reasons he’s had difficulty here in Florida,” Romney said.

“My own view is the reason that Speaker Gingrich has been having a hard time in Florida is the people of Florida have watched the debates, have listened to the Speaker, have listened to the other candidates and said, ‘You know what? Mitt Romney’s the guy we’re going to support.’ “

After Gingrich scored a big victory in South Carolina’s Jan. 21 primary, Romney arrived in Florida the next day and began hammering Gingrich’s work as a consultant for troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac. Gingrich’s firm got $1.6 million for what Gingrich describes as strategic advice and Romney insists was lobbying.

“The fact that you had Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae guaranteeing mortgages in some cases of people who couldn’t possibly pay them back, that contributed to the kind of crisis you see here. And at the time some people were standing up and saying we need to reform this system, Speaker Gingrich was being paid $1.6 million to stand up and do what he did, which was to say these programs should continue the way they are, these institutions are fine,” Romney said.

“So Mr. Speaker, your trouble in Florida is not because the audience is too quiet or too loud or because you have opponents that are tough. Your problem in Florida is that you worked for Freddie Mac at a time when Freddie Mac was not doing the right thing for the American people and you were selling influence in Washington.”


9 Responses to “Mitt mocks and socks Newt before big Naples crowd”

  1. Downtown Danny Says:

    Connie Mack the creep who mailed me flyers touting his “family values” when he ran, then got elected went to DC & had affairs all over town then moved in with Sonny Bonos widow then divorced his wife left his kids and spent all his off time with Bono in California instead of his own district.
    This is the type of slime Republicans give us – over privileged punks who would have gotten no where if not for daddy & his money. Mitt claims he inherited nothing? Thats a lie – his daddy paid his way thru school, paid for him to have a home during college along with all his expenses – his daddy was a rich man.
    All Willard wants to do is create more of a corporate dictatorship in America where the rich make all the rules, play by their own rules and mock the poor.

  2. Lynn Carmichael Says:

    Romney’s got a “commanding lead” because his performance is commanding; he’s taken the mittens off and he’s socking it to the Newt — an all-around flabby, mockable target. What’s more, Mitt seems to be enjoying himself en route!

  3. Dave Longdale Says:

    Like it even matters. The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

  4. Tea Lady Says:

    Oh my, which Mitt Romney showed up today?

    The “fiscal conservative” Mitt Romney, whose Massachusetts health care plan became the blueprints for Mr. Obama’s mandated federal coverage?

    The “military support” Mitt Romney, none of whose children served in the military?

    The “establishment” Mitt Romney, who enjoys super from super-PACS funded by hedge fund managers and Wall Street bankers?

    It’s hard to tell which Mitt Romney we’re getting.

    But what we’re sure to get is .. MORE OF THE SAME.

    .. And Citizen’s Insurance must go!

  5. The Real Perspective Says:

    President Obama will be easily re elected.

  6. nemo Says:

    I see that the palm beach post made a fool of it’s self again by ID’ing the fair shooting suspect as a male…in dark clothing. We can’t talk about the RACE of the suspect…or even of the victims…because we(palm beach post) don’t wish to offend anyone…and because the suspect may be black, which we REFUSE to report.

  7. tejas Says:

    January 29, 2012

    I think the mainstream media, or MSM, and Washington elite think the majority of voters just fell off the turnip truck. But the South Carolina primary election and other current voting trends show otherwise.

    The MSM are working double time to get us to forget about the unprecedented results of the South Carolina primary election, but they are a sign of what could be in Florida, Nevada and beyond. They are also proof that American citizens will not be outwitted by the political shenanigans of the powers that be. Let me give you a few examples.

    Despite that ABC paraded Newt’s bitter ex-wife across their airways two nights before the South Carolina election, Newt won women’s votes by 36 percent to 30 percent over Romney. And married women and evangelical women both backed Gingrich with 40 percent support. (Women in general backed Newt 38 percent, and men were 42 percent in support of him.)

    Despite (or maybe, on account of) Mitt’s Massachusetts creation of Romneycare and promises for Social Security’s perpetuity, Newt gained 47 percent of the vote (to Mitt’s 36 percent) among those ages 65 and older.

    Despite the MSM’s attempt to convey Newt as old and outdated, he received 27 percent of votes from among those 18-29 years of age, only being beaten by Ron Paul’s 32 percent.

    Despite the MSM’s and Washington elite’s campaign to convey that Newt would be dangerous to the country and world, 39 percent of U.S. veterans voted for Newt, compared to 32 percent for Romney.

    Despite that Romney spent millions on ads in South Carolina to persuade voters that Newt was an ethically compromised Washington insider, Newt won 45 percent of GOP electorate votes, while Rick Santorum and Romney trailed with 23 and 20 percent.

    Despite the MSM’s pro-Romney coverage and six years of Romney’s campaigning, Newt stole 31 percent of moderates’ votes from the Massachusetts’ moderate.

    Despite Romney’s often-flaunted business credentials, eight in 10 voters who said they were very worried about the direction of the economy also voted for Newt by a double-digit lead over Romney. Hence, the New York Times also described Newt as South Carolina’s “preferred candidate for people who said they were … falling behind financially.” That is because Newt has actually helped lead the federal government during two of the greatest economic booming eras in our country’s history.

    Despite that 120 evangelical leaders met recently in Texas and claimed to have come to a consensus backing Rick Santorum, the initial vote of those leaders split almost evenly between Newt and Santorum, 48-57 votes, according to CBN News Chief Political Correspondent. I don’t think it’s coincidental that a similar 45 percent of evangelicals also voted for Newt in his landslide South Carolina victory. Forty-five percent of pro-lifers also voted for Newt, compared to just 21 percent for Romney.

    Despite the MSM’s and some social conservatives’ onslaught to make Newt out to be a reckless immoral politician, evangelical voters understand that, while not condoning adultery and divorce, they are not fatal but forgivable by God. Evangelical voters understand that family values are redeemable and renewable among contrite souls who have suffered from relational failures.

    North Carolina was such a landslide election that the New York Times confessed, “Mr. Gingrich was supported by men and women alike, evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics, those who support the tea party and those who are neutral about it.”

    Even in Florida, Newt’s populous popularity is evident by the size of his audiences. Despite that Washington heavyweights like John McCain and Bob Dole have come out to endorse Romney, in a drive that the Boston Globe described as “GOP insiders rise up to cut Gingrich down to size,” the Los Angeles Times reported last week: “Newt Gingrich winning the crowd contest in Florida.”

    The Times explained, “The former House speaker drew enormous crowds on Tuesday in the Sunshine State, the final one attracting more than 5,000 people. On the same day, Romney drew about 150 people to a closed speech in Tampa and addressed about 300 people outside a foreclosed house in southwest Florida later in the day.”

    And despite that Romney and his cronies have spent, and will spend, millions and millions of more dollars in Florida and Nevada to perforate Newt’s character and record again, which NewsMax explains in Florida alone is 20 times what has been spent there in supporting any other Republican candidate, I am believing that voters will neither be bought by his money nor directed by his political spin and rhetoric, just as those in South Carolina didn’t fall for the fool’s gold.

    One final proof came last week via the triple-gang of the MSM, Romney and Washington elites. They all pounced again on Newt, claiming he is not a Reagan conservative. But they were discounted again, as President Reagan’s eldest son, Mike, who has also endorsed Newt, joined radio talk-show legend Rush Limbaugh by lambasting Newt’s critics. Mike said, “I am deeply disturbed that supporters of Mitt Romney are claiming that Newt Gingrich is not a true Reaganite and are even claiming that Newt was a strong critic of my father.” And Limbaugh added, “That kind of stuff is why people hate Romney so much.”

    NewsMax also reported, in a 1995 speech at a dinner honoring Ronald Reagan, former first lady Nancy Reagan said: “The dramatic movement of 1995 is an outgrowth of a much earlier crusade that goes back half a century. Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt and the Republican members of Congress to keep that dream alive.’”

    There’s a reason 34 percent of those who voted for Newt in South Carolina said they “strongly supported” the tea party, dispelling another MSM myth (or is that a wish?) that the tea party’s influence has dwindled. Thirty-one percent of independents also voted for Newt.

    To the naysayers of Newt, Theodore Roosevelt has a wise word, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    I think it’s time again that “We the People” showed the media and Washington elite exactly who is in charge.

    South Carolinians were not duped by the titans of political swing.

    Floridians and Nevada patriots, don’t you let them manipulate and muscle your vote either.

  8. REAL TRUTH Says:


    If you don’t like it go read something else. You post has nothing to do with the subject of the article and doesn’t belong here.

    @tejas….Chuck Norris…Riiight!!!!LOL

  9. Teapublican Says:

    And the latest poles show Obama beating Romney by 6 points and just destroying Newt in head to head contests.

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