Newt Gingrich’s ailing nomination campaign has hit on a bold new strategy – appropriating attack lines from Ed Miliband. The Labour leader’s predators and producers concept, the centrepiece of his conference speech last September, is being used by the Republican grandee by in his latest media assaults on Mitt Romney.
As Romney closed in on victory in New Hampshire, Gingrich’s campaign attacked the bedrock of his business credentials: his time at Bain Capital LLC where he “advised” companies to fire workers and outsource to developing countries.
“Mitt Romney is not a capitalist. He is a predatory corporate mugger. If you ever wonder why so many manufacturing jobs are overseas, you need to look no further than Mitt Romney.”
This uses remarkably similar language to Ed Miliband’s address to delegates in Manchester:
“Producers train, invest, invent, sell. Things Britain does brilliantly. Predators are just interested in the fast buck, taking what they can out of the business. This isn’t about one industry that’s good and another that isn’t.”
This isn’t the first time that US politicians have borrowed from Labour. In 1987 now-Vice President Joe Biden’s nomination campaign came to an abrupt end when he was accused of plagiarising a speech by Neil Kinnock on university education and social mobility.
The Gingrich that stole Miliband.