On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Mr. Gingrich, ex-speaker and the only speaker in the 220-plus year history of the house to be disciplined
for ethical wrongdoing, said on the CBS show 'The Early Show
' that his opponent Mitt Romney is a liar. Gingrich has been the victim of negative campaigning from a group called the Political Action Committee (PAC), and he in essence claims Romney is part of that group.
Gingrich: Romney not "telling the truth"
Gingrich went on record as saying that Romney has not been truthful about PAC, a Tea Party organization that supports Romney, and his, Gingrich claims, close connection to it. Norah O'Donnell, a host on the show, asked him if that statement meant he was calling Mr. Romney a liar. He responded with a "yes." She then asked: "You''re calling Mitt Romney a liar?"
"Well, you seemed shocked by it," Gingrich said. "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."
He also criticized Romney for not trying to win as "the real Mitt Romney" and letting the electorate know who he really is; instead, he claims, Romney is resorting to "talking points" in order to gain more support.
Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin?
Gingrich also made news on Dec. 28 after being asked on a faith-based telephone call in show, whether he would consider choosing former Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his V.P. running mate should he win the nomination. Mr. Gingrich responded by saying that yes, he would.
"I am a great admirer of hers and she was a remarkable reform governor of Alaska, she's somebody who I think brings a great deal to the possibility of helping in government and that would be one of the possibilities." Gingrich replied.
Gingrich has been falling in the polls
; of late Romney has been surging.