Al Sharpton on Why Gingrich Is Failing in Florida


He talks to The Root about Gingrich’s “dishonest” strategy and why they are not meeting on race.

Just a week ago, Newt Gingrich was back. Having won over Southern conservatives with surly debate performances (heavy on his “food stamp president” catchphrase, lectures on the malformed work ethic of poor children and eviscerations of the liberal news media), he handily won the South Carolina primary.
But Gingrich lost steam this week in Florida after lackluster debate performances with a far more aggressive Romney. In an open letter on Thursday, former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole made a case against the former House speaker. “If Gingrich is the nominee it will have an adverse impact on Republican candidates running for county, state and federal offices,” Dole wrote. “Hardly anyone who served with Newt in Congress has endorsed him and that fact speaks for itself.”
Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay followed suit in a radio interview, saying: “He’s not really a conservative. I mean, he’ll tell you what you want to hear. He has an uncanny ability, sort of like Clinton, to feel your pain and know his audience and speak to his audience and fire them up. But when he was speaker, he was erratic, undisciplined.”
By Friday, Romney held a nine-point lead in Florida polling. What happened? The Rev. Al Sharpton, who collaborated with Gingrich on education reform in 2009, echoed DeLay’s point that Gingrich is inconsistent with his views, switching them up depending on the audience before him.
In an interview with The Root, Sharpton talked about Gingrich’s inability to balance different messages for different people, his racial rhetoric on the trail and why their meeting on race that you may have heard about isn’t happening.
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SOURCE: The Root
Cynthia Gordy