The gloves come off as Newt Gingrich hits ‘liar’ Mitt Romney (video)

The gloves come off as Newt Gingrich hits 'liar' Mitt Romney (video)

Newt Gingrich vowed last month to run a “positive” campaign. Of course, that was back when the former House Speaker looked like a potential frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Now that he dropped in the polls, replaced by Rick Santorum, Gingrich is taking off the gloves to take down the party’s top dog, Mitt Romney.

In an interview with ABC News yesterday, Gingrich promised to keep his focus squarely on Romney. “Everything we say will have Romney’s quote, Romney’s videotape, Romney’s record; it’ll all be based explicitly on Romney,” said Gingrich. But Gingrich claims it was not his choice to go negative. Romney started it: “He set the tone of the campaign by going after me negatively and dishonestly.”

Well, Gingrich kept his word — for now, at least — because when asked this morning if Romney is a “liar,” Gingrich answered in the affirmative.

Gingrich’s claim came after CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell brought up his past statements about Romney. “You scolded Mitt Romney, his friends who are running this Super PAC that has funded that, and you said of Mitt Romney, ‘Someone who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president. I have to ask you, are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?”

“Yes,” said Gingrich, who went on to blast Romney for being entirely dishonest. “This is a man whose staff created the PAC, his millionaire friends fund the PAC, he pretends he has nothing to do with the PAC – it’s baloney. He’s not telling the American people the truth.”

“I just think he ought to be honest with the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a poll-driven, consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points, and I think he ought to be candid,” said Gingrich. “I don’t think he’s being candid.”

Despite describing Romney as a liar, though, Gingrich still said he would support the former Massachusetts governor over President Obama. I guess Gingrich, who himself lied about staying positive, is proving his party’s position: a no-goodnik is better than a Democrat. Hell, they probably think that LA arsonist would be better than a Democrat.