Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gingrich: I'm "clearly" more conservative than Romney

On Fox News last night, Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity that there was "no contest, at all" between him and Mitt Romney on the question of conservatism.

"I'm clearly the more conservative candidate by any rational standard.

I've [got] a 90% American Conservative Union standing for 20 years, I helped Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp develop supply-side economics, I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in Congress, I helped -- as Speaker of the House -- balance the budget for four straight years, reformed welfare as an entitlement, first tax cut since 16 years.

Take whatever your list of conservative is. There are places in my career where I've done that stuff, and I've been consistent about it. I was for Ronald Reagan long before people began just to quote him.

So that part of it -- there's no contest."

Gingrich then went on to claim he was the most electable in the field, claiming that the only way to beat Obama was to make clear contrasts in debates -- which Newt said he'd best at.