Newt Gingrich’s supporters are fighting back -- but will it be enough?
An independent super PAC, Winning Our Future, launched an ad over the weekend to push back against the onslaught of negative TV ads and mail pieces targeting the Republican presidential front-runner that are inundating Iowa voters in the final two weeks before the Jan. 3 caucuses.
The ad defends Gingrich as a “proven conservative” and reminds voters of his alliance with Ronald Reagan and battles with Bill Clinton.
Gingrich is at a critical juncture in his campaign, with several leading opponents --- former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas -- targeting the former House speaker on the airwaves and in mailboxes. Among other things, the attacks portray Gingrich as not really a conservative and accuse him of switching his views on global warming and abortion.
Gingrich is still playing catch-up, organizationally speaking, after rocketing to the front of the pack last month. Whether he or independent committees supporting him can muster the resources to counter the barrage of material flying his way in Iowa will go a long way toward revealing whether he will retain his front-runner status over the final two weeks of the campaign.
It was clear over the weekend that Gingrich was doing what he could to build up his organization. He held two conference calls on Saturday, one with 14,000 Iowa voters, whom he exhorted repeatedly to push “1” to be a caucus speaker on Jan. 3 and “2” to serve as a precinct captain.
Gingrich used the other call, with reporters, to expand upon his controversial view that federal judges who issue “radical rulings” on such issues as prayer in school and gay marriage should be subpoenaed to testify before Congress and their seats eliminated.
That topic kept Gingrich in the news on Sunday as well, when he sat for an interview with Bob Schieffer on CBS News’s Face the Nation.
It was unclear late Sunday how big Winning Our Future’s new ad buy is and what else the committee has in store for Iowa voters.