If Newt Gingrich wants to play with the big boys, he needs to learn how to deal with the pressures of running a presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said on Wednesday.
“This is politics and if you can't stand the heat in this little kitchen, wait until the Obama hell's kitchen turns up the heat,” Romney said on Fox and Friends, responding to Gingrich's criticisms of the Romney campaign's negative ads.
Romney's sentiment echoes one of his ads, which argues that the presidential candidate and former House Speaker's baggage would weigh him down against President Obama. Gingrich has referred to Romney's campaign tactics as "disgusting."
“There’s nothing that any of these ads, by any of the candidates, are showing by Speaker Gingrich that President Obama would not put out with his billion-dollar money that he’s going to have down the road,” Romney said on Wednesday.
Romney isn’t the only one with ads slamming Gingrich. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who is polling third heading into Iowa, questioned Gingrich’s record as well–calling him a serial hypocrite in a campaign ad.
The Paul campaign also released a new ad on Wednesday featuring four former patients of the former OB-GYN who praised both his pro-life views and a resistance to being changed by being in politics so long.