Gingrich Calls Romney Strategy "Carpet Bombing"

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich joined “Fox News Sunday” to discuss this week’s “winner take all” Florida primary.

Recent polls suggest Romney pulling ahead in the Sunshine State and Gingrich attributed this to the Romney campaign’s decision to run negative ads against him. He said that Romney “has a basic policy of carpet bombing his opponent. He doesn't try to build up Mitt Romney. He just tries to tear down whoever he's running against, and it has an effect.”

Gingrich also pointed out that the conservative vote is being split, and insinuated that if he were the only conservative left in the race, then he would be beating Romney in Florida and elsewhere. He explained, “Down here, one of our challenges, two major conservative candidates, between us, clearly beat Romney who is splitting the conservative vote.”

The former Speaker of the House hammered home his point that Romney is a liberal or moderate conservative at best. He pointed out that the GOP nominated moderates in ’96 and ’08 and lost.

He used the juxtaposition of RomneyCare and ObamaCare as an example, saying, “I think if we nominate a moderate this year... I think it would be very hard for Romney to defend himself."