After being endlessly targeted with negative ads from Mitt Romney, presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, has decided that he has had enough. Now he is determined to save himself, and his campaign, by getting back at Mitt Romney for all of the “free” bad publicity. During a television interview, Gingrich attacked Romney, saying that he is “a liar in claiming to be a conservative.” Apparently, as the governor of Massachusetts, Mr. Romney advocated tax-paid abortions, and promised to always defend the Roe v. Wade decision. Newt Gingrich’s super PAC, Winning Our Future, has also committed to creating combative ads aimed specifically at Romney. Rick Tyler, a leader of this PAC, said that they, “will be going after Mr. Romney directly.” There are several problems, though. Supporters of Mr. Gingrich are worried that in the candidate’s effort to “get back at” Mitt Romney, he will also be hurting himself by reviving old judgments that accuse him of being an, “angry politician of the 1990s.” Even more detrimental to his new goal than this, Newt Gingrich is basically out of money. The $9 million raised in Iowa in 2011 is completely gone, and fundraising efforts in Florida, New Hampshire, and South Carolina do not look promising. All three of these states cast their official vote this January. Because of the very influential, negative ads, Mr. Gingrich has almost no support in New Hampshire, and supporters of the candidate are concerned about his popularity in South Carolina.
This current event relates to government through the upcoming election, the different primaries that are occurring, and the PACs that are involved. The primaries are the first step in presidential elections, and each state is beginning that process currently. Because every state is busy trying to schedule their primary in the beginning, frontloading is becoming very apparent. In this specific current event, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida have all scheduled their primaries early, and are ready to vote in the near future. Winning Our Future, Newt Gingrich’s PAC, also shows a clear connection with campaigns, and government. This PAC, like many others, is supplying their candidate with money to aid in campaign efforts.
This event relates to our class through the same connections: elections, primaries, and PACs. During the Executive Branch unit, we learned about presidential elections, and the long process to actually end up in the Office. One step in this process is winning primaries. During class, we also learned about PACs, and their role in campaigns. This current event accurately depicts what we learned about political action committees during AP Government.
Gabbriel, Trip. “A Frustrated Gingrich Looks Past Iowa and Lashes Back at Romney.”The New York Times. 3 Jan. 2012. Web. 4 Jan. 2012. <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/04/us/politics/iowa-caucus-votes.html>.
Anti-Newt Ad from Pro-Romney Restore Our Future Super PAC. Mitt Romney, 2011. Campaign Ad.