Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that, even though front-runner Mitt Romney’s comment about firing people Monday clearly was taken out of context, it shows the danger of thrusting the former Massachusetts governor into a debate with President Barack Obama, Politico
Speaking about health insurance at an event Monday, Romney said, “I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you could fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
Today, Gingrich stood up for his opponent, in a sense. “Of course it was taken out of context. At the time I couldn’t imagine why anybody would have said what he was supposed to have said,” Gingrich said on Fox News.
“It wasn’t very well-worded. I think what he was trying to say was that consumers having the right to choose between competitors is dramatically better than a government monopoly controlling your life.”
But Gingrich also said Romney’s remarks show why he, himself, would match up better against Obama in a debate. “I think I can debate better than he can,” the former House speaker said. “I think I’m more careful in that kind of example. Imagine if he had said that in a debate with Barack Obama, what a mess that would have been.”
In an interview with CNN later this morning, Gingrich said he doesn’t view himself as being hypocritical for having a super PAC that backs his attacking Romney after he criticized Romney for doing the same to him.
“I think you are faced with a reality if somebody decides that that’s what they’re going to do, if you unilaterally disarm, you might as well drop out of the race,” Gingrich said. “He’s decided that he would pin his entire future on shrinking his competitors rather than offering positive ideas.”
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