Newt: Mitt Supports Safety Nets

(STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
(STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

At Thursday morning Las Vegas event, Gingrich pans Romney and Obama for backing minimum wage increases and social support systems.

Ex-Speaker: “I really believe that we should care about the very poor, unlike Governor Romney. But I believe we should care very differently from Barack Obama….What the poor need is a trampoline so they can spring up, so I am for replacing the safety net with a trampoline.”

More Newt: “So, unlike Governor Romney, I really care about making sure that, in fact, every person has the right to pursue happiness. …Obama believes he is so smart, he can come here and take from the overly happy to redistribute to the underly happy.”

Romney spox Amanda Henneberg responds: “It’s no surprise that Newt Gingrich would join the Democrats in distorting Mitt Romney’s comments. The sad fact is that Newt Gingrich will do anything to distract from his work for Freddie Mac. When Nevada families were struggling in the housing crisis, Newt Gingrich was being paid $1.6 million by Freddie Mac. He was not sticking up for Nevada families – he was cashing in.”

This is a verbally clever attack simultaneously from the left and the right. Clever -- but does it cut politically?
Related Topics: Newt Gingrich, 2012 Elections, Analysis, News, Republican Party, The Page

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