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Pro-Gingrich super PAC will try to make Crist-Romney connection



UPDATE: A Romney backer pushes back on the suggestion that Romney is Crist like notes this video from 2009 where Gingrich praised Crist. Gingrich has also said he'd love to have Sen. Marco Rubio as his running mate, and Rubio has a framed picture of the former House speaker in his Capitol office.

A super pac backing Newt Gingrich will attempt to liken Mitt Romney with another ambitious politician who endured criticism he would say anything to get elected: Charlie Crist.

From Huff Post:

In an interview with MSNBC Sunday morning, Rick Tyler, Gingrich's longtime spokesman who now helps head the super PAC, laid out a simple plan for the week ahead: tie Romney to Charlie Crist, the one-time beloved Florida governor who lost both his popularity and chances of serving in the Senate seat when he chose to be the moderate alternative to Tea Partier-turned-senator Marco Rubio.

"There's been a winnowing out of the conservative contenders," said Tyler. "I think Newt is now the only one left standing. So, if 75 percent of the party doesn't want Mitt and the Republican Party is acting like nominating Mitt is like getting a wildcat into a trash can, then I think the job is simple. We simply align Newt Gingrich with the 75 percent who don't want Mitt. I think here in Florida, all we have to do is remind people that Mitt Romney is Charlie Crist. If you voted for Charlie Crist, then you should vote for Mitt. If you didn't vote for Charlie Crist, then you should vote for Newt."

[Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 9:42am]


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