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Newt Gingrich Rallies Supporters in Rosslyn

by ARLnow.com — December 22, 2011 at 10:42 am 1,838 22 Comments

About 200-300 supporters of Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich packed a large conference room in the Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn last night, to hear a brief campaign speech by the former House speaker.

“I have one opponent: Barack Obama,” Gingrich told the enthusiastic crowd.

But with a dozen television cameras rolling and with members of the national press corps typing notes into their laptops, Gingrich focused his sharpest words on GOP rival Mitt Romney. Specifically, Gingrich bristled at the negative ads Romney and others have been running against him in Iowa.

“If they don’t have anything positive to get elected on, they shouldn’t be running,” Gingrich said, later suggesting that Romney is in danger of being branded “just another normal national politician with clever consultants and a lot of money but no willingness to tell the truth.”

(Video of the speech is available via the Democratic blog Blue Virginia.)

Before and after the speech, campaign volunteers collected signatures to get Gingrich, a McLean resident since 2000, on the ballot in Virginia. Gingrich’s campaign needs to turn in 10,000 valid voter signatures today to get on the ballot for the Commonwealth’s primary, which is held on Super Tuesday (March 6).

Despite a busy campaign schedule, Gingrich and his wife took time to pose for photos with dozens of supporters after the speech. Gingrich’s campaign headquarters is located in Ballston.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Interesting. I got a robocall yesterday evening from the Gingrich campaign. I hung up once it started, I don’t accept robocalls from any organization.

    • drax

      Got one too. I listened. It was begging for signatures, and then said there was a rally. The call came while the rally was in progress. Gee, I missed it!

      • Bluemontsince1961

        They called me a little after 7 p.m., so maybe the rally was already going on? One reason why I never accept any robocalls from anyone is that they either want money or my signature. I prefer to donate/sign the petition when I choose. Sounds like I didn’t miss anything by hanging up.

  • Tabby

    Counting children and reporters?

    • John Fontain

      Yes, and each one counts as 3.

    • ArlingtonCountyTaxpayer

      Melissa Bondi is doing that trick too — last I counted FOUR Zimmerman’s endorse her. Sure they are all adults.
      But it is called PADDING.

  • http://nationleprechaun.com/ jinushaun

    It’s easy to run a negative campaign against Gingrich because he has so many negative aspects.

    • Ivy

      You’re right about that!

  • esmith69

    Gingrich is so full of himself it makes me want to vomit

    • Patrick

      Kind of like Obama the 4th best president in history in his own mind.

      • D’oh

        He was speaking about number of accomplishments, not rating himself.

      • HughJassPhD

        But he’s the most humble.

  • Ryan Brown

    I also got a robot call last night. My four year old daughter answered it and was exasperated that the “person” on the other end wouldn’t respond to her request to “take us off your calling list.”

    If you want to stop the robot calls, you can dial 404-220-7273 and follow the prompts on Newt’s phone system to add your phone number to the do not call list.

    Robot dialers are prohibited in most cases, but of course the politicians who wrote the law created an exemption for robot calls from political campaigns. Makes me want to unplug my land line.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      “Makes me want to unplug my land line.”

      Isn’t that the truth! Thanks for the phone number, I just called it and added my phone number to their do not call list. Let’s see if they honor my request.

      “Robot dialers are prohibited in most cases, but of course the politicians who wrote the law created an exemption for robot calls from political campaigns”

      Between all the various GOP candidates as well as the Democrats, I’ll be keeping my LAN link warm calling up all their numbers to get on everyone’s do not call list.

      • drax

        I think it’s good that Newt lets us know what he’s up to so we can avoid him.

  • charlie

    maybe this was the domestic disturbance at the Spout Run Giant as what’s-her-hair-called was making a run for it and Newt had caught up with her on I-66….

    http://www.arlnow.com/forums/misc/police-activity-at-giant-at-lee-and-spout-run/

    • Bluemontsince1961

      LOL!

  • Narlington

    it’s so nice to see that everyone on the Republican side forgot that Newt left the Speaker of House with one of the highest ethics fines in history of the US Houes 300,000.

    He’ll be a great choice for President

  • Max

    Gingrich has already stated he won’t be my President, so I don’t really care about him.

  • charlie

    is it just me or does NEWT2012 sound like a medical procedure?

  • Ivy

    It sure would be nice if he won the GOP primary. Obama will win by a landslide if he’s up against Mr. Contract-with-America. The only other two people who would do worse in an election than Mr. Contract-with-America are Sarah Palin (whatever happened to her??) and Michelle Bachman.

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