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Gingrich: 70% Of Republicans 'Want Someone Other Than Romney'

Grant M. Dahl
By Grant M. Dahl | October 13, 2011 | 10:51 AM EDT

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says 70% of Republicans want "someone other than Mitt Romney" – but, they don’t know who.

Yesterday, radio talk show host Sean Hannity asked the former House Speaker what he “made of the ups and downs in this (Republican presidential) race.”

Gingrich responded by saying he felt that “most Republicans, probably 70% of them, know that they want someone other than Romney but they don’t have anybody” and that that is why the race has seen so many candidates pull up in the polls and then fall.”

Gingrich then pointed out how many of the candidates, such as Pawlenty, Bachmann, and Perry, have all seemed to initially surge in the polls and then fade.

He went on to say that he felt that this was the result of how voters give presidential candidates far more scrutiny than they do candidates for other offices.

“The presidency is the most important secular job in the world” and “people take it very seriously. This is not like running for the Senate or running for Governor,” Gingrich said.

“[P]eople really pay attention at a level that, if you have never been in the national league, you don’t realize how intense the scrutiny is” and that he felt that that was why Romney has had the initial advantage, because of his experience in running for the Republican nomination back in 2008,” he said.

“I do think there is a very large non-Romney faction in the party” added Gingrich

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