Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was forced by increasingly tenuous political circumstances to show his mean side.
To convince Republican voters before the Florida primary on Tuesday rival is not the best option as the Republicans’ presidential nominee, Romney is increasingly carrying out the attack himself.
The New York Times says that now the candidate is attacking Newt Gingrich and speaks about unacceptable morals and raise doubts about his emotional stability. Whether he can be withering enough without turning off voters or will appear too politically calculated is one of the biggest tests so far of his skills as a candidate.
For example, on Tuesday, Romney repeatedly described the former Speaker as an “influence peddler.” On the Monday debate, Romney said his rival in the presidential race had resigned his speakership “in disgrace.”
“You can call it whatever you like — I call it influence peddling. It is not right. It is not right,” Romney said directly to Mr. Gingrich. “You have a conflict. You are being paid by companies at the same time you’re encouraging people to pass legislation which is in their favor.”
“I would say there was a certain delight in it,” Stuart Stevens, a top aide to Mr. Romney, said. “I think Mitt Romney’s a very aggressive individual. You don’t succeed at the levels that he’s succeeded in his life, against pretty tough odds, without being aggressive.”
No wonder, Gingrinch is totally dissatisfied with Romney’s behavior.
At a Tea Party rally in Mount Dora in Central Florida he told reporters, ”I am angry and every American should be angry” about Romney’s attacks.
The Republican kept speaking on Swiss bank accounts (where Romney used to keep some of his money) and the Cayman Islands (where he still does), reveals ABC News.
“To have his campaign take on a lifetime of work and lie about it, frankly I do find infuriating. I think it is one of the most dishonest things I’ve seen in politics. It is so fundamentally abusive,” Gingrich explained.
“He is counting on us not having YouTube,” he added. “That’s how much he thinks we are stupid. And we are not stupid. The message we should give Mitt Romney is: we aren’t that stupid and you aren’t that clever.”
Karl Rove on Wednesday urged both candidates to “step back” from the personal attacks explaining that it would not help them in their campaigns.
“Stop! Stop!” Mr. Rove told them. “Have disagreements but realize that you’re only doing damage to your chances for the general election.”
And Mr. McCain, a Romney supporter, said the debates were “deteriorating, obviously, into serious personal attacks.”
However, at least currently, the attacks continue. Standing in front of a foreclosed home in Lehigh Acres, Fla., Mr. Romney questioned Mr. Gingrich’s basic integrity, suggesting that Mr. Gingrich was for sale to the highest bidder.
“You get paid and then you go out and say things that influence other people,” Romney attacked his opponent.
That suggestion, in particular, has definitely gotten under Mr. Gingrich’s skin. In debates, he has paid Mr. Romney back noticing that his advocacy was the result of a paycheck, not his core beliefs.
“It is not correct to describe public citizenship, having public advocacy as lobbying,” anxious Gingrich said. “Every citizen has the right to do that.”