Newt Gingrich to super PAC: pull or revise anti-Bain film

On Friday, Newt Gingrich publicly asked the pro-Gingrich super PAC “Winning Our Future” to either correct factual inaccuracies or altogether pull “King of Bain,” a so-called documentary attacking Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capitol.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of what unfolded during a Gingrich campaign stop in Orlando is how the candidate had to tap-dance around campaign finance regulations in order to convey a message to the super PAC that spends millions supporting him.

The New York Times’ Andrew Rosenthal: “Mr. Gingrich … focused (on) the question of accuracy. Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post found that the video contained a long string of errors, misrepresentations, jumbled facts and mixed up chronologies. … I had to laugh a little at how Mr. Gingrich expressed his displeasure. He said he could not legally contact Winning Our Future directly — because after all, that would be against the campaign finance rules, or what’s left of them — and instead told a crowd of supporters in Orlando that he was speaking out ‘as a citizen.’”

Newt Gingrich

Politico reports: “Gingrich’s statement was part of a public back and forth between Gingrich and the managers of the super PAC, some of whom are his former aides. It also shows the apparent ambivalence of the former House speaker in attacking Romney over his stewardship of Bain Capital as many prominent Republican leaders leap to Romney’s defense. At first, Gingrich seemed to relish attacking Romney on Bain, but more recently he has backed off, saying he was only holding him accountable for his job creation claims.”

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