JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In the first FCN Truth Test of the 2012 election cycle, the attack ad against GOP candidate Newt Gingrich is paid for by "Restore Our Future," a pro-Romney PAC.
First Coast News Truth Tests are designed to determine what it true, what is false and what is opinion.
"Barack Obama's plan is working: Destroy Mitt Romney, run against Newt Gingrich."
This is opinion.
The president has not said that his plan is to destroy Romney and run against Gingrich.
Most recent polls do show that in a head-to-head matchup, the president performs more favorably against Gingrich than his top rival Mitt Romney.
"Newt has a ton of baggage. He was fined $300,000 for ethics violations and took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, before it helped cause the economic meltdown."
Both of these statements are true.
Gingrich was fined $300,000 for ethics violations in 1997 for using a college course to promote partisan politics although the substance of those charges was largely abandoned later.
Gingrich was paid by Freddie Mac - or at least his consulting company was, from 1999 to 2002 and then again in 2006. He was hired by a lobbyist for Freddie Mac, but has repeatedly denied lobbying was part of his job. Instead Gingrich is quoted as calling himself "a historian" for the company.
Gingrich has been critical of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as drivers of the economic meltdown.
There appears to be some disagreement among reports.
"Newt supports amnesty for illegal immigrants."
This is opinion.
While it's true that Gingrich supports a "more humane" policy for illegal immigrants who have established family ties in the U.S., the definition of amnesty is to pardon. The Gingrich plan would not pardon illegal immigrants with family ties. Under his plan, they would be fined and allowed to remain in the U.S., but not as citizens. Under the Gingrich plan, most illegal immigrants would still be deported.
"and teamed with Nancy Pelosi and Al Gore on global warming"
This is true.
Gingrich appeared in an ad with Nancy Pelosi on the subject which he now calls the biggest mistake of his life.
"Maybe that's why George Will calls him the least conservative candidate."
This is true. In his syndicated column, the conservative analyst did make that statement.
"Check the facts at NewtFacts.com."
As always, candidates are free to comment on our Truth Test. Any comments from the Gingrich campaign will be printed in their entirety along with this story.
First Coast News