GOP Gives Newt a Second Look
In an interview on Monday with Iowa Public Radio, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich cited the substance and positivity of his campaign as the reason for his recent surge in the polls, CBS News
“I have to say that I’m really humbled that millions of people watched the debates and the general conclusion was that I have real substance and real solutions and that they prefer my approach of being positive to the kind of consultant-driven negativities that I think actually hurt the candidates who are negative,” the former House Speaker said in Des Moines.
A new CNN/Opinion Research International poll out Monday shows Mitt Romney holding a steady lead at 24 percent. But largely on the basis of his debate performances and the newfound stability of his campaign, Gingrich has vaulted from 8 percent in October to a statistical tie with the former Massachusetts governor now at 22 percent of Republican-leaning voters.
Gingrich is the latest member of the GOP field to challenge Romney in this year’s hard scrabble nominating contest – Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain. Cain suffered a precipitous 11 percent slide in the latest poll, falling from a statistical tie with Romney last month to a third place wrestling match with Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Gingrich also attributed the volatility in the polls to unhappiness with Romney among some Republican voters.
“There’s a deep discomfort – you see it in the polling data,” he said. “They were going to look for somebody. Early on it might have been me, but I blew it and so they were floundering around and they went to a number of very nice people, each of whom had an opportunity to consolidate and I’ll let you decide why they didn’t. But gradually during the fall with the debates, people began to come back and say well, gee, maybe we’d better give Newt a second look.”