Then, when he lost by a wide margin to the former speaker, Willard "Flip" Romney decided to show South Carolina and America why he is a sore loser (Yahoo News).
Arriving on stage a few moments later, Romney barely mentioned Gingrich's name. Yet in tougher remarks than those he's delivered on the trail in recent days, it was clear whom he was referring to in a series of attacks.
"Our party cannot be led to victory by someone who also has never run a business, and never run a state," Romney declared. "We cannot defeat [President Obama] with a candidate who has joined in that very assault on free enterprise."
"Those who pick up the weapons of the left today will find them used against them tomorrow," Romney continued, adding that Republicans who embrace such attacks aren't fit to be the nominee.
That's likely to be Romney's message in Florida next week, as he looks to rebound in a state where his campaign has already invested millions of dollars in staff and other political infrastructure.
Talk about using the tools of the Left, who has been the candidate who has launched into using personal attacks based on falsehoods against his competitors? That's Mitt Romney.
If anyone is still undecided, this should show how unstatesmanlike and resembling Obama that Romney is.