After months of emails and web videos focused almost exclusively on attacking Mitt Romney's record, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is now shifting focus. Early this morning, they released the first web video attacking Newt Gingrich.
The video, posted at 1:41 AM, intersperses clips of Gingrich as Speaker of the House and in Saturday night's Republican presidential debate. The ad accuses him of espousing Tea Party views and being the "original Tea Partier."
(Watch the video above.)
In a post-debate statement, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz used similar language saying, "Newt Gingrich was a Tea Party politician even before there was a Tea Party -- he supported gutting funding for education and Medicare to fund a tax cut for millionaires and shut down the government over it and those are the same policies he supports today."
This first Gingrich attack comes just days after Obama advisers said they believed there was a "realistic chance" Gingrich could be the GOP nominee.
While this week marks the beginning of an assault on a new candidate for the Obama campaign, a senior campaign adviser said they are not going to let up on Romney while they open a second line of attack on Gingrich.
The decision to engage Gingrich was made out of reality. "It's clear he's leading in the polls," the adviser said, "the dynamics of the race have changed."