This seems like dangerous ground for Romney.
The Washington Post reports,
… [Mitt] Romney also opened a new line of attack by personally criticizing Gingrich for having made a television commercial in 2008 with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), then the House speaker and now the minority leader, promoting a campaign against global warming.
“Let’s look at the record,” he said. “When Republicans were fighting for cap and trade and needed a leader to stand up against cap and trade, he did an ad with Nancy Pelosi about global warming.
We’re not defending Newt “Human Hand Grenade” Gingrich, but a couple things for Romney to keep in mind:
- Gingrich has repudiated the ad.
- Gingrich did testify against the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill in 2009, a year after the Gingrich-Pelosi TV ad was made and aired.
- Romney has his own green baggage including willingness to participate in the Northeast cap-and-trade system (RGGI), employing Obama’s EPA air chief as his “green quarterback”, advocating smart-growth, subsidizing failed green energy adventures, being advised by Obama science chief John Holdren, being anti-coal, and also voicing belief in global warming alarmism.
We’d prefer a contest between Romney and Gingrich where they tried to outdo each other in the degree to which they’d crack down on the outlaw EPA.