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June 01, 2012

Gingrich Looks Back

Newt Gingrich reflects to Bloomberg Businessweek on how he lost the GOP presidential race:

"Last August, I was down to 3 percent in the Gallup polls. June and July had been the two hardest months of my career. We should have skipped the entire phase of working with consultants who didn't believe in what I was doing. The way they quit and the news media announced my campaign was over meant I was literally in a desert. I was lucky to raise $3,000 on a day when I should have raised $50,000. When the Republican debates began to kick in, we went through Pawlenty, Bachmann, Cain's first surge, Trump's near surge, Perry's surge, and Cain's second surge. By December, I was the front-runner. It was everything I hoped for."

"Then, frankly, the Romney people did the only thing they could. They used their strengths -- which were money and the super PAC and a willingness to go after me very aggressively -- to offset my strength, which was an ability to define a larger, better future. I was probably naive in forgetting that your opponents have every right to try to clutter your message."


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