Newt Gingrich appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace this weekend to discuss the 2012 nomination and his path to rebuilding his lost momentum. Here is Gingrich’s entire interview from Sunday, February 19, 2012:
Report from the Chicago Tribune:
Amid news reports that casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is preparing to spend another $10 million to boost Newt Gingrich’s flagging bid for the Republican nomination, the former House speaker said Sunday that Adelson was helping level the presidential race — keeping his campaign on course at a time when he was being pummeled with millions of dollars in attack ads from Mitt Romney and his allies.
“He’s certainly helping balance off Romney’s 16 billionaires and he’s helping balance off Wall Street money,” Gingrich told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “Sheldon Adelson is desperately worried about an Iranian nuclear weapon and he is desperately worried about the survival of Israel, and I am the strongest candidate on foreign policy and the strongest candidate on national security.”
“It’s a very open relationship,” Gingrich said of his friendship with Adelson, who with his wife has contributed some $11 million to the independent political action committee supporting Gingrich’s effort.
Gingrich’s appearance on “Fox News Sunday” came at a crossroads for his campaign. In the month since his victory in South Carolina, Gingrich’s standing has slid in national and key primary state polls as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has surged into what increasingly appears to be a two-man race with Romney for the Republican nomination. Still, Gingrich insisted that he was in the race for the long haul, noting that he had survived the surges of other candidates, including Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, both of whom are no longer in the GOP race.
Gingrich will have a tough battle to climb coming up on Super Tuesday which is March 6. He’s now fighting both Romney and Santorum along with the perception that he has lost whatever mojo was building into South Carolina.