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The Latest on Newt vs. Mitt

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RUSH: "Newt Gingrich released the following statement calling for truth and accuracy from campaigns and so-called 'Super-PACs' supporting candidates. 'The American people have a right to know the facts about the records of the men and women who are asking them for their vote. Governor Romney is running as someone who knows how to create jobs. In fact, he has claimed to have created 100,000 jobs while at Bain Capital. However, numerous analyses have said that figure is as inaccurate as President Obama's claim to have "saved or created" millions of jobs. Furthermore, Governor Romney's experience as a portfolio manager did not help him create an environment in Massachusetts that was friendly to job creation.'"

It goes on, but basically what Newt is saying here, what he announced today, "I am calling for the Winning Our Future Super-PAC supporting me to either edit its 'King of Bain' advertisement and movie to remove its inaccuracies, or to pull it off the air and off the internet entirely," and I am urging Romney to do the same. So Newt is seeking the high ground. Newt says, (imitating Newt) "Okay, I'll pull my lies out if Romney..." uh, sorry "I'll pull our errors out." I don't even think he's making it contingent on what Romney does. He's just saying he will do that. Gingrich is repudiating the things that are wrong in his super PAC ad, and now they're trying to put pressure on Romney to do the same thing. "I am calling for the Winning Our Future Super-PAC supporting me to either edit its 'King of Bain' advertisement and movie to remove its inaccuracies, or to pull it off the air and off the internet entirely."

(interruption) Nah, that's not the point. They could, but... Snerdley just asked me, "Could they come out now and say that Newt's coordinating with his super PAC?" 'cause you can't. In a super PAC, there is no allowed contact between the candidate and the PAC. There's nothing, I don't believe, that proscribes a candidate from going out publicly and asking his PAC to do something. He can't make 'em do it. This is all bogus! Everybody knows this. It's typical. What do you mean they don't have contact with the super PAC? What are we a bunch of idiots? The idea that they don't is absurd, but the law says they can't, so we'll run with the illusion that they don't.

Now, you could say that if Newt had not gone nuclear already -- if Newt hadn't gone nuclear this past week -- this could have been a good move, and it might still yet be a good move. Because in the process of nominating and electing candidates, you do want to know who they are. You do want them vetted. That's been our problem with the media and Obama all along. Nobody vetted the guy, and nobody's gonna vet him now. That's why it's gonna be up to our candidate to do it and our powers that be don't want that to happen 'cause they think it's gonna frighten the independents. So, you can say Newt had a great idea but didn't execute it well because he was the recipient of 96% of all the negative ads in Iowa, and it just flipped his wig.

'Cause he thought so much of it was lies. So now he's taken the high road: "I'm urging, I'm calling on my PAC to edit the King of Bain advertisement and movie to remove the inaccuracies or to pull it off the air." Now, clearly what's supposed to happen now is that a gaggle of so-called journalists with cameras and microphones will find Romney. Mr. Romney. "Mr. Romney! Mr. Romney! Newt says he's gonna get rid of these lies, Newt says he's gonna pull out the inaccuracies? Will you do the same? Will you do the same?" That's what the Newt camp hopes happens here. I'm not sure that Newt... Well, he does. "Furthermore, I am once again calling on Governor Romney to issue a similar call for the super PAC." So he is calling for Romney to coordinate with his super PAC the same way Newt's coordinating with his super PAC -- in ways, of course, that they're not allowed to coordinate with their super PACs.

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