Gingrich Goes Nuclear With ‘Dishonest Mitt’ Ad

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 26: Republican presidential candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) visit during a commerical break in a debate sponsored by CNN, the Republican Party of Florida and the Hispanic Leadership Network at the University North Florida on January 26, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida. The debate is the last one before the Florida primaries January 31st. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The candidates in a happier time. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Photo: Joe Raedle/2012 Getty Images

After his ill-prepared flop in Thursday night’s debate and his continuing slide in the polls leading up to Tuesday’s all-important Florida primary, Newt Gingrich has taken off his gentlemanly white gloves, put on a pair of steel-plated boxing mitts, and started smashing Mitt Romney with everything he’s got. His campaign’s latest ad, released yesterday, is nothing short of desperate. Here’s the opening salvo, which starts with a quote taken from a Mike Huckabee 2008 campaign ad; Huckabee has since rebuked the Gingrich campaign, saying use of the clip was “not authorized, approved, or known in advance by me.” 


[Huckabee:] If a man’s dishonest to get a job, he’ll be dishonest on the job.” [Narrator:] What kind of man would mislead, distort, and deceive just to win an election? This man would: Mitt Romney.

Another anti-Romney ad called “Blood Money” was also released yesterday by the pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future, and this one just takes the smear-covered cake. To a breathless violin soundtrack, this slickly produced video calls Romney every Republican epithet imaginable (“Obamacare inventor,” “serial flip-flopper, “questionable conservative”) before hammering home randomly inflammatory phrases from a recent Forbes article about Romney’s directorship of Damon Corp., a medical testing company then controlled by Bain Capital that defrauded Medicare of millions.

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Gingrich Goes Nuclear With ‘Dishonest Mitt’ Ad