… and Newt Gingrich doesn’t do well when he has to go negative.
Speculating that since Gingrich had not planned to go negative, the Romney surrogates went hard negative on Gingrich in Iowa (remember all those commercials?) expecting Gingrich would eventually go negative and do damage to his campaign.
Now that people are starting to watch the campaign, they are seeing that Gingrich looks pissed off and attacking, only those in Iowa saw those hard-core attack ads from Romney’s supporters. Their might even be attack ads in the individual primary states, but everyone in the country are not seeing them, a lot of people are watching the debates.
I’ve been watching a bit of the debate tonight and Gingrich looks frustrated. His attacks seem stupid and off target to me. He – even though he was prompted – went after the location of Romney’s investments – in the Caymans and Switzerland. Who gives a crap? Mitt’s answers are good concerning those questions.
Quick comments on tonight’s debate… (updated as long as I can stay with this)
Romney: Spend money on building housing here at home instead of on the Moon? No Mitt, the federal government does not have a mandate to build or fix housing here at home.
Paul: On space – only for national defense. But he thinks it’s just for fun with no real value. National pride has a big value.
Gingrich: Mentioned 90 percent of the space industry should be private.
Paul: Points out the budgets during the four years Gingrich was speaker, were really not balanced since Social Security was not counted … the debt kept going up.
All four candidates: Health Care Insurance for Americans… They seem to agree on somehow getting individuals the same low rates that employers pay, but the problem is employers pay a high rate.
Santorum: Very uncomfortable, almost red-faced going after the health care histories of Gingrich and Romney. Getting mad now…
Santorum knows this is it for him. Going off the rails. (9:10 p.m. ET)
The health care mandate… If Massachusetts wants it, they should be able to do what they want. There is a big difference between the states and the federal government and what they can do. Santorum might not understand that it’s OK for a state to have a socialist medicine system if they want it, but the federal government must stay out of it.
Paul: You think he’s mentioned a non-interventionist policy enough?
OK – it’s 9:20 p.m. and I have to stop. More with Vicevich on the big radio show tomorrow morning.