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

Gingrich: Splitting Anti-Romney Vote A 'Concern'

Newt Gingrich speaks during a Des Moines, Iowa, campaign event on Friday Dec. 30, 2011, as seen in this screen grab from a C-SPAN video. (C-SPAN Video Screen Grab)

January 12, 2012

Newt Gingrich on Thursday turned to another argument in trying to persuade South Carolina voters who oppose Mitt Romney to back him instead: Splitting the anti-Romney vote in the Palmetto State primary will only help Romney.

Appearing on Fox News' Hannity, Gingrich was asked about the potential of his dividing up conservatives' primary votes with rivals Rick Santorum and Rick Perry.

"That is of concern to us," Gingrich said. "Frankly, as the race clarifies over the next five to six days, my hope is ... the average South Carolina voter will decide they will vote for a conservative. It's clear from the polling data, if we consolidate conservatives, we could beat Romney by a big margin. That is one of my major challenges. to convince conservatives to come together to make sure that we don't nominate a moderate who I think would have a hard time debating [President] Obama."

 

Recent polls show Gingrich battling Santorum for second place in the Palmetto State.

Gingrich also continued defend attacks on his rival's record at Bain Capital, even as he has expressed reservations about a new video made by a super PAC that supports him. "I do think it's absurd there has been a general response, mostly by Romney supporters, that to question his record is to be opposed to capitalism," he said.

 

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