Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned that the GOP presidential field must move away from the intraparty attacks that could hurt the party’s eventual nominee and vowed not to run any attack ads against his rivals in the nomination race.
“I will not run any 30-second attack ads, not against Republicans. The bickering does not help the Republican Party,” he said, alluding to the feisty exchanges between several of the candidates, including Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, in the GOP presidential debate on Tuesday.
The remarks were warmly received by the audience gathered here at the Western Republican Leadership Conference, though Mr. Gingrich’s third quarter fundraising report suggests that the Georgia Republican is deep in debt and wouldn’t have much money to spend on attack ads if he wanted to.
As of Sept. 30, he had $353,417 cash on hand and more than $1.1 million in debt.