Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is trying to convince voters with a new Web video, out Monday, that the Republican Party would forfeit the debate on healthcare and the 2012 election if Mitt Romney wins the nomination.
The ad’s narrator says, “Republicans ran against ObamaCare in 2010 and won. But how can we run against ObamaCare in 2012, if Republicans have to defend RomneyCare? And that’s why Mitt Romney can’t beat Obama.”
Romney has been under attack throughout the 2012 primaries for passing a healthcare reform law when he was governor of Massachusetts. The Obama administration has said that Romney's Massachusetts plan was the model for Obama's Affordable Care Act. In defending his position Romney has claimed that the law is appropriate for state-wide and supported by the people of Massachusetts.
Going into Tuesday’s southern primaries, Gingrich is currently third in the delegate count behind Romney and Rick Santorum.