Barely equivocating, while still managing to hedge his bets, the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on CBS News’ Face the Nation that he was "probably going to win" in South Carolina.
“As a Georgia Reagan Conservative, I fit much more comfortably with the average South Carolina Republican,” he said, in comparison to a “Massachusetts moderate.”
Gingrich stood behind the attack ads the Winning Our Future PAC, which supports him, is running against Romney, despite criticism from fellow Republicans that the attacks are helping President Obama’s reelection efforts. He said that it was necessary to vet any candidate at this point in the race so the GOP doesn’t nominate a candidate that “collapses in September under the weight of Barack Obama.”
“It’s fair to raise the questions now, get them out of the way now, to make sure that whoever we nominate is clear enough, public enough, accountable enough that they can withstand the Obama onslaught,” he said.