Videos after the jump.
Oh, yes, he really said it:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose support in Iowa has withered after riding on top of the polls, on Tuesday called former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a liar who would mislead the American people if elected to the White House — but added that he would still vote for him if Romney won the GOP nomination.
On CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning, CBS News chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell asked Gingrich about comments he had previously made about his chief rival and the Super PAC whose negative campaign ads have hurt his campaign: “You scolded Mitt Romney, his friends who are running this Super PAC that has funded that, and you said of Mitt Romney, ‘Someone who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president. I have to ask you, are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?”
“Yes,” Gingrich replied.
“You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?”
“Well, you seem shocked by it!” said Gingrich. “This is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC – it’s baloney. He’s not telling the American people the truth.
“It’s just like this pretense that he’s a conservative. Here’s a Massachusetts moderate who has tax-paid abortions in ‘Romneycare,’ puts Planned Parenthood in ‘Romneycare,’ raises hundreds of millions of dollars of taxes on businesses, appoints liberal judges to appease Democrats, and wants the rest of us to believe somehow he’s magically a conservative. …”
— David Morgan
“Gingrich: Mitt Romney is a liar”
CBS News, January 3, 2012
It remains to be seen if Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan and his controversial budget plan will buoy him to victory, but one thing is certain: now that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is Romney’s chief Welfare Queen Attack Dog, it won’t do for people to see Gingrich attacking Paul Ryan‘s plan as “radical” and “extreme.”
That’s exactly what Gingrich did, though, and Mitt Romney attacked him for it in an ad that’s been scrubbed from his YouTube account, but preserved for posterity by Mediaite…
That moment of honesty brought down the collective Wrath of Con(servatives everywhere) onto Gingrich, and he was forced to offer the most surreal retraction in history, insisting that anyone who quoted what he said was a liar. …”
— Tommy Christopher
“Mitt Romney Scrubs Ad Attacking Newt Gingrich Over Paul Ryan Budget”
Mediaite, August 13, 2012
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