Mitt Romney compared former Speaker Newt Gingrich to a 1950s sitcom character, saying Tuesday that his GOP rival's failure to get on Virginia's ballot seemed more like an episode of "I Love Lucy" than Pearl Harbor.

Speaking in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Romney took issue with Gingrich's comparison of his failure to get the minimum 10,000 signatures to appear on the Virginia Republican primary ballot to the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. 

"Newt and I agreed that the analogy is December 1941," Gingrich campaign director Michael Krull wrote on the Gingrich Facebook page earlier this week. 


Not so, the former Massachusetts governor said. A better comparison is the episode of "I Love Lucy" when Lucy can't keep up the pace while working on an increasingly fast chocolate-candy assembly line. 

"I think he compared it to Pearl Harbor. I think it’s more like Lucille Ball and the chocolate factory," Romney said, according to MSNBC

Romney was one of only two candidates to make it onto the Virginia ballot, alongside Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

On Tuesday, Rick Santorum joined Gingrich in criticizing the requirements to get on the Virginia ballot for the March 6 Republican primary. Santorum said the requirements were rigged in favor of the richest candidates. 

"It's weighted toward the candidates who have the most money to go and buy it," Santorum said.