You never had to guess what Newt Gingrich thought of Mitt Romney because he was more than happy to tell everybody. But that was before he dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president Wednesday and threw his support to Romney — because he's a Republican and he's not President Barack Obama. Here is a comparison of Gingrich's critique of Romney then ... and now.
In January in Iowa
"Somebody who will lie to you to get to be president, will lie to you when they are president."
In Florida in January
"We're not going to beat Barack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns shares of Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on Florida and is himself a stockholder in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while he tries to think the rest of us are too stupid to put the dots together to understand what this is all about."
In April in Maryland
"You can't run a campaign with no principles and win the United States. You are not going to beat Barack Obama by being clever."
In New Hampshire in January
"Those of us who believe in free markets and those of us who believe that in fact the whole goal of investment is entrepreneurship and job creation, we find it pretty hard to justify rich people figuring out clever legal ways to loot a company, leaving behind 1,700 families without a job."
At his Wednesday news conference
"This is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan, this is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history."
In an interview published Wednesday in USA Today
"Mitt Romney met the first criteria of being a good candidate: He won. Now you have to respect that."
In that same interview
"I believe Mitt Romney will become president. I believe he will do well enough to be re-elected."