Newt Gingrich: GOP Race His to Lose?

Jake Tapper on how Mitt Romney, Barack Obama are responding to GOP frontrunner.
3:07 | 12/05/11

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Transcript for Newt Gingrich: GOP Race His to Lose?
Jake let's Begin with Herman -- dropping out they'll be a race for his endorsement right now and he and Newt Gingrich are close. They are friends and I do expect eventually. The -- endorsement will go to Gingrich although I don't think that's gonna happen. Any time today. They are they are have similar appeal to a similar base Tea Party voters. And of course they had that Lincoln Douglas style debate a few weeks ago they are France -- -- -- -- Mitt Romney right now he's clearly gonna have to adjust. His strategy and with the surging Newt Gingrich he's gonna have to take him on a more directly started to. Over the weekend in a press conference. -- that's right he had distanced himself from comments Gingrich made. About repealing child labor laws teach inner city kids. About the value of work Romney is going to go after Gingrich I'm more directly they do that I've talked to Romney aides over the last. Weekend and they talked about how they do view this threat from Gingrich differently from the threat of other former previous Republican flavors of the week Rick Perry -- -- Michelle Bachmann or Gingrich is more been known quantity they planned to go after him. On a couple ways but one of them about electability making the case that Mitt Romney is far more likely to be able to successfully take the fight Barack Obama on the message of the economy where is Newt Gingrich is a Washington insider will have a more difficult time making that that's the case -- yeah. Meanwhile former speaker Gingrich is saying he's gonna stick to -- and entirely positive campaign. In the primaries right now he's an emailed us -- saying I will focus. This campaign on President Obama -- be no 32 attack ads against my friends who are also seeking the Republican nomination that he can stick to that. It's going to be tough one of the Romney. Advisors told me that. If he's still sustaining some momentum Gingrich in the next few weeks the decision will be made to take the fight to him. And if he does not fight back this Romney advisor said how will he fight back. Against the Democrats that's the argument they're gonna make not just in making the negative case against Gingrich the contrast but also telling Republican primary voters. If Gingrich can't fight back he's gonna have a billion dollars of democratic money dropped on him as their nominee he'll need to respond then that may that may be that for now at least the White House and Democrats still training all of their fire. On Ronnie don't appear to be taking a -- she seriously yet. No not at all and in fact is -- on John Berman -- they actually some advice about Obama advisors were praising. Newt Gingrich I think the only way to look at this is at the White House in the Democratic Party still considers Mitt Romney. To be the most perilous threat to Obama's reelection although they do take Newt Gingrich a lot more seriously than they took the other previous non Romney surging Republicans like. Herman Cain no question about it OK Jake thanks very much and -- -- and I will be out of Iowa the next big Republican debate. Saturday night 9 eastern 6 Pacific across the ABC network all the top contenders will be there. And I am a moderate just three weeks before the first books -- have sold much on the ground.

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