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New anti-Gingrich ad calls his attacks ‘desperate’

The super PAC supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is out with a meta-attack ad in Florida and South Carolina. The spot began airing Thursday morning.

The new Restore Our Future spot, “Desperate,” highlights quotes former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s criticisms of Romney’s Bain Capital record. Conservatives are quoted calling Gingrich “foolish,” “out of bounds” and “disgusting.”

The ad then segues into a familiar line — that Gingrich has to go negative to cover up the fact that he “has more baggage than the airlines. Newt was fined $300,000 for ethics violations, took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, and co-sponsored a bill with Nancy Pelosi that would have given $60 million a year to a U.N program supporting China’s brutal one-child policy.” (So why does Restore Our Future have to go negative?)

The super PAC has made a $2.3 million buy in South Carolina and a $3.6 million buy in Florida. The pro-Gingrich super PAC reportedly is planning to spend $3.4 million in South Carolina but only put $726,000 into ads in the state this week, according to a Republican media buyer.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.


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