NASHUA, NH Newt Gingrich made an appearance at the Hillborough County Republican Gala in New Hampshire on the eve of the primary election here and said that winning the White House will be just the beginning of the fight for the GOP.
“We are a country where the incumbent president is going to have a billion dollars to attack and smear the Republicans. We are a country where every institution of the left is going to fight every day, so even if we win the presidency, that is only the beginning. But the struggle is going to go on. If you look at what is happening with Scott Walker in Madison, you have a pretty good idea of what this is going to be like.”
In Madison, newly-elected Governor Walker proposed a massive rollback of labor union’s collective bargaining rights, a roll-back which the former House Speaker seemed to suggest was orchestrated by the liberal media.
“They are going to try every single day to slow us down. They are going to try every single day to distract us. They are going to try every single day to put us in a corner, make us be on defense.”
Speaker Gingrich had vowed to run a positive campaign, but in Nashua drew contrasts with front-runner Mitt Romney, who he said wasn’t bold enough to stand up to President Obama.
“If we want to win, we had better have somebody who can get on that platform in October and defeat him in debates, and to defeat Obama in debates you have to know what you are doing, you have to know what you believe, you have to stand there and tell the truth even when the elite media and the president are lying about you. And if you are not clear in your head you cannot be clear with the country.”
Speaker Gingrich has languished in the back of the pack in polls here. He led nationally for several weeks before a barrage of negative advertising by Mr. Romney sunk his poll numbers.
Tonight, Mr. Gingrich bashed the former Massachusetts governor as a “Massachusetts moderate” who raised $750 million in taxes while serving as leader of New Hampshire’s neighboring state, including raising taxes on commuters and for “raising taxes on the blind”– a reference to an $10 fee Mr. Romney imposed on the visually impaired to receive a I.D. card identifying them as blind.
Mr. Gingrich described the measure as “scraping the bottom of the barrel.”
Mr. Gingrich has been competing hard in New Hampshire, but suggested that the real test would be in South Carolina, the next state to vote.
“I have always said South Carolina is the key. And I think we will do very well there. We win South Carolina, and we are in very good shape.”
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