In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Newt Gingrich says one of his goals is to, “keep Romney from being in the position to rush the nomination.”
Gingrich told me, “The longer this goes on, the more clear it is how un-conservative his record is, the more difficult it will be for Romney to survive in this race.”
Gingrich also told The Brody File that with regards to New Hampshire, “If he’s under 40 percent in one of his three strongest states, he has a big problem about trying to communicate why he should be the nominee.”
The Brody File went aboard Gingrich’s bus in Manchester, N.H., Sunday afternoon. Watch the video below along with the full transcription.
By the way, The Brody File has two words to sum up what these next two weeks are going to be like in the lead up to South Carolina: Political bloodbath.
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David Brody: New Hampshire. What’s a realistic expectation? What’s going through your mind in terms of what you’d like to do here?
Newt Gingrich: Well, I think we have two goals here. One is to do respectively enough, recognizing that all the votes are split and we’re not spending any resources here. The other is to define Romney increasingly as a Massachusetts moderate who called himself a progressive, just a few years ago. And to begin to set the stage for the showdown in South Carolina, between a Reagan conservative and a Massachusetts moderate, and I think we’ve had a great five days or six days so far.
We came in very, very late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, and have been campaigning non-stop ever since. I can’t tell you what percent we’ll get, because Huntsman has been here forever, Ron Paul is running for election for the third or fourth time, but I think that we will do well enough to be serious and I think that at least what we’re seeing right now is that Romney is starting to decay, and that could be very, very exciting.
Brody: You mention South Carolina. Talk to me about the perimeters, how you see that going, because up here in New Hampshire, it’s more of a home game for Romney. Down there, it’s different.
Gingrich: This is Romney’s third best state, after Utah and Massachusetts. So, if he doesn’t do really well here - And remember, after five years of campaigning and $20 million, he got 25 percent of Iowa. So, three out of four Iowans said no. Now, he’s here in the back door to where he was governor. The last poll showed him at 35 percent. I think if he’s under 40 percent in one of his three strongest states, he has a big problem about trying to communicate why he should be the nominee.
When we get to South Carolina - and we’ve been splitting the votes up among a whole bunch of conservatives, as you know - when we get to South Carolina, I think it will be increasingly clear that there’s a fundamental choice. You have somebody who is from Georgia who is a solid conservative, and you have somebody from Massachusetts who is a solid moderate.
And, I think that’s what it will come down to. Perry will probably still be there. Ron Paul will be in his own world, doing what he does, and Santorum has had a good run, and we’ll see over the course of the next two weeks to what degree between Perry, Santorum and me, how that shakes out.
But, I think one of my goals is to keep Romney from being in the position to rush the nomination. The longer this goes on, the more clear it is how un-conservative his record is, the more difficult it will be for Romney to survive in this race. And, so the next two weeks become really a big deal.