What do the anti-John Kerry Swift Boat Veterans from the 2004 presidential election and Newt Gingrich have in common? Nothing. But Gingrich thinks his campaign has been a victim of a swift boat-like attack from Mitt Romney.
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group of Vietnam war vets, was largely credited for sinking Sen. John Kerry's presidential bid in 2004 by airing a series of negative ads and publishing a book attacking Kerry's military service record.
Gingrich's campaign has seen a spate of negative ads. As of Friday, 45 percent of the ads that have aired in Iowa were anti-Gingrich, according to ABC News. Many of them were released by pro-Romney PAC Restore our Future.
While campaiging in Iowa on Sunday, Gingrich was asked if he felt "swiftboated" by the series of negative ads. "I feel Romney-boated," he said, according to the Sioux City Journal.
At least he didn't compare his campaign to Pearl Harbor. That would be weird.