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Entries in Newt Fact Check (8)


Rollins clears the record on Gingrich, surprises Fox pundits

Ed Rollins was a campaign manager for President Ronald Reagan, and he’s nationally known as an expert on politics as well as a strategist.

Few pundits know more about members of Congress during the Reagan years than Rollins. Fox News interviewed Rollins recently, and he spoke bluntly about some of the negative charges former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s fellow presidential contenders have levied.

Rollins’ comments about Gingrich appeared to surprise at least one Fox pundit—watch her face in the video as he speaks. His tone even surprised me.

Rollins said:

"I'm going to straighten it out once and for all: Gingrich was a very important congressional ally. Congressmen aren't in the White House all day long, and they're not basically giving advice. But he and Jack Kemp and Trent Lott and others were among 10 or 12 most important players and most loyal to Ronald Reagan. At the same time, Mitt Romney was an independent and he was not on the political scene at all. It's a stupid argument. They ought to be talking about the future, not the past.”

(Filed by Kay B.Day/ Feb. 9, 2012)


Friday shooting range: Popping a cap in a few Newt smears

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a few claims during the CNN-Republican Party of Florida-Hispanic Leadership Network debate in Jacksonville on January 26. It’s Friday, so we thought we’d go to the political shooting range and pop caps in a few of those smears.

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Romney camp erred on date, context for Newt’s ethics ‘anniversary’

Updated on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 6:09PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

The Mitt Romney campaign, smarting perhaps at the possibility of another loss, issued a statement congratulating former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on the ‘anniversary’ marking the date of his reprimand by Congress.  The statement was released on the day of the South Carolina Primary, January 21.

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In bizarre, confused attack, Sununu calls Gingrich 'anti-conservative'

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich addressed the GOP Jewish Coalation Candidate Forum. (Screen snip from newt.org)Most supporters of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich expected attacks to come as Gingrich inched his way up in the polls—all the way up as it now stands, for the candidate who in November described his campaign as the “tortoise.” At that point, another frontrunner was described by Gingrich as “the hare.”

In recent weeks, attacks on Gingrich, who has thus far refused to attack anyone even when the candidate deserved it, have escalated. One of the most bizarre, in my opinion, came from former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu.

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Newt opens door for talk on illegal aliens, but 'heat' will surely follow

Photo of presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. (Newt Gingrich campaign.)Newt Gingrich opened the door for a discussion on illegal aliens during the Heritage-American Enterprise Institute debate on Tuesday. Gingrich managed to package a great deal of information in a short time block, but clarification on his positions will be a vital factor in determining whether he maintains his position as a GOP frontrunner in the presidential selection process.

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Media pivot to Newt and Freddie Mac rather than solutions

Updated on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 1:58PM by Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is a frontrunner among Republican presidential candidates. Media are taking former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich seriously after writing him off earlier in the Primary season. Gingrich’s numbers have risen, and now he is a direct threat to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

At the moment, many media outlets are making much ado over the fact that Gingrich provided consulting services to Freddie Mac, the government sponsored enterprise that bought, pooled and sold mortgages to investors.

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Newt takes the hot seat on Fannie Mae

*Note: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich's consult work was for Freddie Mac, sibling of Fannie Mae. Both are government sponsored enterprises.~~Editor/TUSR (Nov. 17)

Republican candidates for office, unlike Democrats, get vetted by media. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich continues to rise in the polls and it comes as no surprise he’s the topic du jour on social media.

Some conservative publications in the camp of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are also chewing on Newt right now. None of this should surprise.

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Gingrich's after-the-couch redemption conservatives should see

As former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gains momentum, I’ve seen some pretty nasty comments about his couch moment, when he made an ad about climate change with then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Gingrich was making a case for alternative energy, by the way, not the massive Cap and Trade bill Democrats wanted to pass without even reading.

The first couch moment occurred in 2008. There was a significant off the couch moment, however, in 2009.

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