Newt Gingrich a 'Force' Mitt Romney Must Deal With

Matthew Dowd explains why former Speaker Gingrich may be the candidate to beat.
2:16 | 11/29/11

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Transcript for Newt Gingrich a 'Force' Mitt Romney Must Deal With
-- get more from Matt -- down in Austin, Texas our ABC political contributor and I guess I take him at his word. Right now -- that he's not gonna drop out but Herman Cain was already losing. Altitude. In this race what -- was votes go. -- -- George he's always -- at a downward trend in most of it had nothing to do with these things had to do with the fact he never got beyond the 999 in tax plan any. He wasn't able to answer questions on foreign policy. I think right now his downward trend continues he's already in third or fourth when he was in first. They go to Newt Gingrich I think I think right now that anti Romney -- has coalesced around the former speaker. I think more votes are gonna go to -- I think he's benefited by this endorsement in New Hampshire by the Paper. I think more these votes go to Newt Gingrich and I think Newt Gingrich is a force that Mitt Romney has directed no question about it and -- gainers was taking on Mitt Romney directly. Yesterday on the issue of flip flopping also saying this is an interesting line for -- -- -- he says I'm more conservative than Romney and more electable. Than anyone else in the field he's really boiling down his pitch. He's definitely isn't he wants to preempt I think George any sort of attacks it's -- well -- might be -- -- conservative but he can't win and so he's demonstrating one. That he can -- Mitt Romney in the primary which he wants to show and two that he can beat Barack Obama in the general election. And I think the Mitt Romney folks understand that Mitt -- -- you know has also taken on. Water from the Democratic National Committee is attacking a month. On the same thing with the TV spot on foot -- and then -- also wanted to get to because the White House and -- there Democrats still seem to think that Romney. Is the man to beat and they're not all that concerned about Gingrich. I think part of their strategy is a little jujitsu I think what they could do is they could actually hurt Mitt Romney in the primary. And create even bigger opening for Newt Gingrich I think he attacked. That the Democratic National Committee has not -- -- -- and as much in the Republican primary as it does in the general election. So -- -- softening them up for the general election Casey is the nominee. But -- they make trade and opening for Newt Gingrich and -- -- -- Mitt Romney take out more water in the primaries in the nomination process. And hurt him in that process right and they want to run against Newt Gingrich -- but be careful what you wish for. Exactly be careful what you wish for -- mad dad thanks very much.

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