Published: July 20, 2012 12:00AM
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July 21, 2012 8:52PM
He has a high-functioning autism and Asperger's syndrome, and no principals. As Newt Gingrich says, he's "blatantly dishonest". Newt cont., "Somebody who will lie to you to get to be president, will lie to you when they are president." (Jan. 1, in Waterloo, Iowa) "[Romney's] not telling the American people the truth. It's just like this pretense that he's a conservative.... I just think he ought to be honest with the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a poll-driven, consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points." (Jan. 3, on CBS's The Early Show)
About Romney the self-proclaimed job creator: Newt's quote: "Is capitalism really about the ability of a handful of rich people to manipulate the lives of thousands of other people and walk off with the money, or is that somehow a little bit of a flawed system?... I do draw a distinction between looting a company, leaving behind broken families and broken neighborhoods, and leaving behind a factory that should be there." (Jan. 9, in Manchester, N.H.)
About those hidden off-shore bank accounts: Newt's quote: "We're not going to beat Barack Obama with some guy who has Swiss bank accounts, Cayman Island accounts, owns shares of Goldman Sachs while it forecloses on Florida and is himself a stockholder in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac while he tries to think the rest of us are too stupid to put the dots together to understand what this is all about.... People matter more than Wall Street." (Jan. 26, in Mount Dora, Fla.)
About Romney having no principles, as evidenced when Romney's key adviser Eric Fehrnstrom stepped on his boss' big Illinois in March win by telling CNN that Romney can basically start the general election with a clean ideological slate, "almost like an Etch A Sketch," to woo centrist and independent voters.
Newt's quotes: "I took very seriously the Etch A Sketch comments of his director of communications. ... You can't run a campaign with no principles and win the United States. You are not going to beat Barack Obama by being clever." (April 2, in Frederick, Md.)
About Romney backing "radical... right-wing social engineering" when House GOP budget wonk Paul Ryan released his controversial spending blueprint on March 20, with the same general outlines as the Medicare-voucherizing document he released in 2011. Criticizing the budget and chiding Romney for supporting it, Obama recently reminded voters that the "renowned liberal Newt Gingrich first called the original version of the budget 'radical,' and said it would contribute to 'right-wing social engineering.'"
Newt's quote: "I'm against ObamaCare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.... I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering... I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate." (May 15, 2011, on NBC's Meet the Press)
Hey, I didn't say it, Newt did.