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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Gingrich Seeks to Keep Race Positive -- But Hits Paul

Candidate also applauds Rick Perry for challenging Virginia ballot decision.

Newt Gingrich holds a press availability after speaking to a crowd of supporters at the Dubuque Country Club in Dubuque, Iowa on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011. (Ralf-Finn Hestoft)

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December 28, 2011

MASON CITY, Iowa –- Newt Gingrich, buffeted by intense criticism from GOP rivals and sagging poll numbers, pledged on Wednesday to keep his presidential campaign positive in the closing days before the Iowa caucuses. But he also reiterated his discomfort with the idea of Rep. Ron Paul serving as commander in chief.

Appearing at Mason City’s Southbridge Mall, Gingrich told a crowd of about 250 people that a “super PAC” that supports him will begin airing ads on his behalf over the next six days “and they’re going to be positive.”

“I think that we have enough trouble in this country that we ought to have a campaign about positive ideas and positive solutions, because the only person helped by negative ads is Barack Obama and our business is to defeat him, not to help him,” he said.

 

Asked by reporters about his comments on CNN on Tuesday that he would have trouble supporting Paul even if the Texas congressman was the hypothetical Republican nominee, Gingrich said his comments were in direct response to a question and not intended as an attack. He said Paul’s general opposition to the use of military force is troubling.

“I’m very uncomfortable with the idea that a commander in chief would think that it was irrelevant to have an Iranian nuclear weapon because I regard an Iranian nuclear weapon as very dangerous,” he said.

The former House speaker also said that his rival Rick Perry “did the right thing” in announcing a legal challenge to being excluded from Virginia’s upcoming primary election ballot for failing to meet the signature requirement. Gingrich’s campaign also failed to get enough signatures.

“We haven’t looked at that [legal challenge], but I think it’s interesting for everybody who thought it was my problem that you also have Gov. Perry also pointing out that Virginia is a very difficult ballot to get on,” he said.

 

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