Top conservative talker Rush Limbaugh says Newt Gingrich may have made a “good move” by raising Mitt Romney’s Bain dealings — even if the criticisms had some mistakes.
Limbaugh, on his show Friday, also noted that Gingrich’s Bain attacks came after Romney allies spent millions of dollars in negative ads attacking Gingrich, which Gingrich has said included falsehoods or distortions of his record.
Rush read Gingrich’s statement asking his supporters that run Winning Our Future Super Pac to fix their video about Bain or pull it.
Rush said: “Newt Gingrich released the following statement calling for truth and accuracy from campaigns and so-called ‘Super-PACs’ supporting candidates. ‘The American people have a right to know the facts about the records of the men and women who are asking them for their vote. Governor Romney is running as someone who knows how to create jobs. In fact, he has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs while at Bain Capital. However, numerous analyses have said that figure is as inaccurate as President Obama’s claim to have “saved or created” millions of jobs. Furthermore, Governor Romney’s experience as a portfolio manager did not help him create an environment in Massachusetts that was friendly to job creation.'”
Rush continued: “It goes on, but basically what Newt is saying here, what he announced today, “I am calling for the Winning Our Future Super-PAC supporting me to either edit its ‘King of Bain’ advertisement and movie to remove its inaccuracies, or to pull it off the air and off the internet entirely,” and I am urging Romney to do the same.
“So Newt is seeking the high ground. Newt says, (imitating Newt) ‘Okay, I’ll pull my lies out if Romney…’ uh, sorry ‘I’ll pull our errors out.’ I don’t even think he’s making it contingent on what Romney does. He’s just saying he will do that. Gingrich is repudiating the things that are wrong in his super PAC ad, and now they’re trying to put pressure on Romney to do the same thing. ‘I am calling for the Winning Our Future Super-PAC supporting me to either edit its ‘King of Bain’ advertisement and movie to remove its inaccuracies, or to pull it off the air and off the internet entirely.'”
Limbaugh suggested that Gingrich may have just raised an issue about Romney that Obama was surely to raise before the election.
Limbaugh continued: “Now, you could say that if Newt had not gone nuclear already — if Newt hadn’t gone nuclear this past week — this could have been a good move, and it might still yet be a good move. Because in the process of nominating and electing candidates, you do want to know who they are. You do want them vetted. That’s been our problem with the media and Obama all along. Nobody vetted the guy, and nobody’s gonna vet him now.
“That’s why it’s gonna be up to our candidate to do it and our powers that be don’t want that to happen ’cause they think it’s gonna frighten the independents. So, you can say Newt had a great idea but didn’t execute it well because he was the recipient of 96% of all the negative ads in Iowa, and it just flipped his wig.”