Thursday, October 27, 2011
U.S. News: Newt Gingrich Embraces Slow and Steady 'Tortoise' Campaign
(U.S. News and World Report)
"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has a strategy to stay competitive through 2012's early primaries and caucuses: stay positive, focus on ideas, and campaign slow and steady. 'I think we have the tortoise campaign,' he says. 'We've seen several rabbits run by and then fall asleep, so now we just want to keep moving forward.'
Gingrich, who spoke with reporters at a National Republican Lawyers Association event on Capitol Hill Wednesday night, is optimistic he'll finish in the top two or three in New Hampshire and Iowa, and he thinks he'll win South Carolina. In fact, he points to his third place slot in Tuesday's CBS/New York Times poll: Sen. John McCain also polled third at this point in 2007, behind former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani and former Sen. Fred Thomson, before going on to win the nomination. 'I think the odds are very good I'll be the nominee," he says. "I think you'll see a very idea-oriented, very positive campaign in the next 30 days." (Read the full story here.)