Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich answered questions from reporters on Sunday about the status of his campaign should his campaign perform poorly in the upcoming March 6 Super Tuesday contests.
Gingrich had just exited the Fox News Studios in Washington where he told anchor Chris Wallace, that if former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney loses his own home state of Michigan, “I don’t see what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race.”
Polls show former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum with a comfortable lead in Michigan ahead of Governor Romney who is placing second in the polls.
A reporter pointed to Romney’s precarious political circumstances in Michigan and asked Mr. Gingrich if he would drop out of the race if he lost his own home state of Georgia on Super Tuesday.
“It’s very important for us to do well in Georgia. We’re going to go all out to make sure we carry the state. I think Governor Romney is discovering you can’t take your home state for granted,” Gingrich responded.
“Senator Santorum’s got to carry Pennsylvania. Romney’s got to carry Michigan. I got to try to carry Georgia. It’s psychologically important.”
Gingrich then added, “Georgia…We’ll see where we are a day after Super Tuesday.”
Senator Rick Santorum is surging in Georgia polls at the moment, and Gingrich appears to be unsure if he can actually win the state he was born in, raised in, and represented on Capitol Hill for decades.
According to Gingrich, what differentiates his situation with his home state as opposed to Romney’s circumstances with Michigan appears to be that Romney has been running on the platform that he is the only candidate that can win.
“Romney’s real challenge is that he’s spent three or four times as much money as the rest of us combined and his super PAC has spent way more than the rest of us and if he can’t carry Michigan, what’s the rationale for his campaign?” asked Gingrich.
“Romney’s reason for running was that he could win and at some point, if you can’t win, and if winning is your argument, It’s not a very good argument.”