GINGRICH: “Newt Gingrich has promised to run a positive presidential campaign. That, apparently, does not extend to comments about certain states,” the Boston Globe writes. “ ‘We’re thinking of having a Massachusetts rally at some point in New Hampshire, sort of a please don’t turn America into Massachusetts,’ the former House speaker told around 125 people at the Radisson Hotel. Gingrich explained to reporters later that Massachusetts, the home state of archrival Mitt Romney, is ‘a very expensive state with a very liberal political culture.’”
On FOX, Gingrich said of the pro-Romney Super PAC hitting him with negative ads: “I think he wants to run a campaign where he pretends to be positive while all of the dirty work is done by his former staffers. I don’t think the people of Iowa are that dumb.”
HUNTSMAN: He played keyboard on Letterman last night.
PAUL: Here come the Paul attacks now with his front-runner status in Iowa. GOP 12 posts a clip of him appearing to sympathize with 9/11 truthers.
The Wall Street Journal’s Rabinowitz compares Ron Paul to Jeremiah Wright. “The school, for instance, of Barack Obama's former minister famed for his ‘God d— America’ sermons: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, for whom, as for Dr. Paul, the 9/11 terror assault was only a case of victims seeking justice, of ‘America's chickens coming home to roost'.’” (Hat tip: GOP 12).
Matt Lewis writes: “Why a vote for Ron Paul in Iowa is a vote for Mitt Romney.”
“On Wednesday, CNN's Gloria Borger pressed Ron Paul over old newsletters that were published in his name and contained racist material in the 1990's,” GOP 12 writes. “He didn't like it, he walked out, the cameras got it.”
ROMNEY: “Mitt Romney rounded out a day-long bus tour around New Hampshire with a stop here in this bellwether town, where he dished out buttered spaghetti to dozens of invited guests, and parried with a 22-year-old resident about whether the United States should apologize for its actions abroad,” the Boston Globe writes. Romney first said, “I’m sure there are times when…” and then went on to again accuse President Obama of going on an “apology tour” around the world.