Angry Newt Heads for NH

Gingrich slams Romney, Paul after fourth-place finish
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2012 4:08 AM CST
Angry Newt Heads for NH
Newt Gingrich speaks during his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

An angry Newt Gingrich quit Iowa for New Hampshire before midnight last night after a fourth-place finish with 13% of the vote. The candidate went on the attack even before the results came in, calling Mitt Romney a liar and blaming his rapid fall from first place on attack ads, the Washington Post reports. Gingrich congratulated Rick Santorum, but slammed Ron Paul for his "stunningly dangerous" foreign policy.

Gingrich called fourth place a good result given that he had "survived the biggest onslaught in the history of the Iowa caucuses." There "is going to be a debate that begins tomorrow morning in New Hampshire and will go on for a few months," he vowed. Gingrich's campaign released a copy of a full-page ad that will run in New Hampshire's Union-Leader today, labeling Gingrich a "Bold Reagan Conservative" and Romney a "Timid Massachusetts Moderate." (Read more Newt Gingrich stories.)

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