Newt Gingrich on Wednesday received further validation of his status as an emerging front-runner in the Republican presidential campaign: He’s the subject of rival candidate Ron Paul’s latest attack ad.
Paul has focused his fire on the other Texan in the race, Gov. Rick Perry, in national television and radio ads in the past, but his campaign’s latest video volley is aimed at his former congressional colleague.
“Newt Gingrich: Serial Hypocrisy” is a two-and-a-half minute Web advertisement that uses the former House speaker’s own words to raise questions about Gingrich’s constancy to conservative principles. One featured clip is from an ad that Gingrich cut with another former House speaker, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, to urge action on global warming. Gingrich has since called the ad “probably the dumbest single thing I’ve done in recent years.”
Paul’s new ad also condemns Gingrich for his relationship with Freddie Mac. Gingrich reportedly collected $1.8 million in fees from the quasi-governmental mortgage agency.
In a press release announcing “the video that Newt doesn’t want you to see,” Paul’s campaign chairman, Jesse Benton, called it an effort “to debunk the myth” that Gingrich is a conservative. “Ron Paul is the only Republican presidential candidate with that record,” Benton said.