Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Gingrich says little enthusiasm for Romney in GOP

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich casts his chief rival for the GOP nomination as a creation of the “elite media” in an e-book released on Wednesday.


Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich gestures as he speaks Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 in Bluffton, S.C. (Stephen Morton - Associated Press)

“I just spent two days in New Hampshire. I didn’t find any place where there’s enthusiasm for Mitt Romney,” Gingrich told the authors of “Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back” in an interview earlier this month. “The only place that’s enthusiastic for Mitt Romney is the elite media, who keep saying he is inevitable.”

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, has lead in polls in the Granite State for much of the year.

The e-book is the first volume in a series by political writers Mike Allen and Evan Thomas that will chronicle the 2012 campaign.

While much of the narrative is familiar, the book offers some new details on the first few months of the campaign, such as the tension between campaign manager Nick Ayres and the wife of Tim Pawlenty, who dropped out of the race earlier this year.

According to the book, President George W. Bush was among the Republicans who personally encouraged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to enter the 2012 nomination race.

“You’ve got what it takes to do this if you want to do it,” the ex-president told Christie while both men were in the skybox of New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.

Gingrich, who is now surging in the polls, doesn’t slam just Romney, but also a group of consultants who left his campaign in June and a few months later started working for Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

“We were surrounded by a bunch of guys who had learned politics 25 years ago and they had no idea how much the world changed,” he said. “By the way, all of them except for [Rick] Tyler went to Perry, and I”ll let you decide how successfully they’ve been.”

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