Former Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed Sunday that Mitt Romney is leveraging his Wall Street connections and hefty campaign war chest to “carpet-bomb” the competition in Florida.
“He has a basic policy of carpet-bombing his opponent. He doesn’t try to build up Mitt Romney. He just tries to tear down whoever he’s running against,” Gingrich told Chris Wallace during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “I give Governor Romney’s campaign respect for the sheer volume of negativity that they use and the sheer amount of money they raise on Wall Street.”
Gingrich entered Florida riding a wave of momentum after pulling off an upset victory in South Carolina last Saturday. However, a series of recent polls now place Romney firmly in the lead. The former Massachusetts Governor leads 42 to 27 percent in a Marist/NBC poll, 42 to 30 percent in a Reuters poll and 43 to 29 in a Quinnipiac University poll.
Gingrich noted Sunday that while the outcome in the Sunshine state will likely be “very close,” he would hold the lead if former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum left the race, a development that may soon be at the centerpiece of Gingrich’s strategy.
“Santorum and I collectively are bigger than Romney, but Romney beats me as long as we split the conservative vote,” Gingrich said. “We have a tremendous effort underway to reach out to conservatives to get them to see that the only effective to stop a Massachusetts liberal from becoming our nominee is to vote for Newt Gingrich.”