Newt Who? Romney Speech Is All About Obama

Gingrich says he's not going anywhere
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2012 7:58 PM CST
Updated Jan 31, 2012 8:33 PM CST
Newt Who? Romney Speech Is All About Obama
Newt Gingrich speaks at a Florida Republican primary night rally in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

In his victory speech tonight, Mitt Romney barely mentioned his Republican rivals—maybe worse for Newt Gingrich and company, he gave them faint praise as "able competitors"—and instead focused his attention on President Obama and the general election. "Mr. President, you were elected to lead, you chose to follow, and now it's time to get out of the way," he said, according to AP. And for those complaining about a divisive GOP race: "A competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us, and we will win." Time has his prepared remarks here.

Addressing his own supporters, Gingrich spoke from a podium emblazoned with the phrase "46 states to go" and emphasized that he's sticking around. The lesson of Florida, he said, is that the GOP race is now a two-man contest between him and the "Massachusetts moderate." He couldn't resist adding: "I'm not going to compete with Obama on singing because I'm not running for entertainer-in-chief.'' More details at USA Today. (More Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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