Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Gingrich super PAC spokesman: Santorum ‘might win if he could speak English’

This story has been updated.

A campaign that’s already seen its fair share of sharp attacks took a novel turn Wednesday morning when the spokesman for a super PAC backing former House speaker Newt Gingrich took aim at former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum’s ability to speak the English language.


Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Reports National Journal’s Matt Vasilogambros:

Speaking on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co., Rick Tyler said that the outcome of last night’s primaries in Arizona and Michigan gave Gingrich an opening.
“Rick Santorum failed to win, but Mitt Romney failed to inspire,” Tyler said. “Rick Santorum might win if he could speak English.”

Tyler is a senior adviser to “Winning our Future,” the super PAC backing Gingrich.

Tyler’s comment referred to a clip of Santorum played by MSNBC in which the candidate said, “A month ago, they didn’t knew who we are. They do now.”

A Santorum spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the statement.

It’s not the first time in this campaign that someone associated with a super PAC has made a potentially problematic comment. Foster Friess, a millionaire donor to a pro-Santorum group, outraged women’s groups when he made a joke about aspirin being used for contraception. Santorum quickly disassociated himself from the remark.

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Tags:  presidential election, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, campaign finance

 
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