Don't look for Newt Gingrich to throw any bombs at Mitt Romney. He doesn't plan on it, even if Romney goes after him first. And he's told his campaign staff not to as well, according to the Washington Post.
The surging Republican presidential candidate instructed his aides on Thursday morning not to respond to any attacks Romney has leveled against him or advance in coming days, according to a Gingrich campaign adviser.
Asked in an interview with the Post on Wednesday evening if he would return fire against Romney and Ron Paul, who ran a scathing web video, if he dipped in the polls, Gingrich replied, “No. I’ve gotten this far because I’ve stayed totally positive, and I’ve stayed focused on Barack Obama.”
The "no comment" approach to negative attacks hasn't worked in the past. It didn't do well for John Kerry's campaign when he was slammed by the Swift Boat Veteran ads. But, as Gingrich said yesterday, "They are not going to be the nominee. I don’t have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who are not going to be the nominee. They are not going to be the nominee.”
So, he should be fine.