Newt Gingrich is working overtime in his quest to be the worst campaign surrogate ever.
A day after telling CNN’s John King that “there will be fewer teachers” under Mitt Romney’s economic plan, Gingrich told MSNBC’s Al Sharpton that elections are “rigged, frankly, in favor of the wealthy.”
It is very difficult in America today. If you look at New York where Mayor Bloomberg spent an extraordinary amount of personal money to buy the mayor’s office for the third time. It is fairly hard to compete with a billionaire if — if they get to spend all the money they want and the middle-class candidate’s raising money in $2,500 units. So I think the current system is rigged, frankly, in favor of the wealthy.
Although that comment didn’t directly cite Romney, earlier in the interview Gingrich made it perfectly clear that he doesn’t think Romney played fair to win the Florida primary. Romney’s campaign and its associated Super PACs buried Gingrich in negative advertising, which essentially cleared the former speaker out of Romney’s path to the Republican nomination.
“I believe that [being outspent] two to one I would have won the primary,” Gingrich said. “It took five to one to beat me.”
As Paul Ryan famously said of Gingrich in May: “with allies like that, who needs the left?”
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