Very interesting response.
Some are pointing to this as arrogance on the part of Newt, but in context, it’s more a statement of how he intends to run his campaign going forward as the frontrunner.
Gingrich is asked by Jake Tapper if he is going to “point out the inconsistencies” in the records of opponents like Mitt Romney – essentially attack his opponents. Gingrich flatly said, “They’re not going to be the nominee. I don’t have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who aren’t going to be the nominee. They’re not going to be the nominee.” Tapper then says to Gingrich, “You’re going to be the nominee?” Gingrich responds, “I’m going to be the nominee.”
Gingrich pointed to recent polls as showing there is a strong likelihood he would be the nominee. He invited his opponents to attack him if they choose, but pointed out everyone who has risen to the top has fallen when they engage in attacking other candidates.
NOTE – Here is the report Tapper did for ABC News built around the clip above: