A defiant Newt Gingrich said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that he would plow forward in his presidential campaign, the morning after losing the Nevada caucuses to Mitt Romney, his second primary loss to the former Massachusetts governor in a week.
“This is a state he won last time and he won it this time,” the former House speaker said of Romney. Gingrich has publicly pledged he will fight Romney all the way until the GOP convention in Tampa this summer.
Gingrich, who represented Georgia in Congress, suggested his path to the nomination runs through the South, which won’t vote again until Super Tuesday in March. “We want to get to Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee,” Gingrich said.
He made no mention of Virginia, another state that votes that day but where he won’t be on the ballot, or the half-dozen states up for grabs before then.
“My goal over the next few weeks is to draw a very sharp distinction,” Gingrich said, calling Romney a “timid” leader.
Gingrich predicted that in April, after the big delegate prize of Texas casts its votes, “we’ll be very competitive in delegate count.”
Speaking on CBS’ Face the Nation, Gingrich attempted to quell concerns that his fundraising will be hurt by recent losses.
“We had a very good series of fundraising meetings and calls over the last couple of days,” he said, adding that a number of people were coming up to him and offering to fund the “one conservative candidate” who could be the alternative to Romney.