01/19/2012 11:21 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

John McCain Blasts Newt Gingrich's 'Dangerous' Rhetoric In South Carolina Robocall

Mitt Romney is using John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a robocall to blast Newt Gingrich as "dangerous," as part of the GOP candidate's effort to blanket South Carolina in robocalls ahead of the state's Jan. 21 primary.

"Newt Gingrich has experienced a lot of backlash over the last few days for his attacks on capitalism and Republican principles, and rightfully so," says McCain in a robocall made for the Romney campaign. "He must have forgotten that Republicans stand up for free enterprise and a strong work ethic."

"Newt Gingrich should know better than to use the dangerous anti-capitalism rhetoric used by the Democrats. He's using talking points straight out of Barack Obama's campaign playbook," continues McCain.

"It's finally time we sent him a strong message -- this behavior is unacceptable."

The Huffington Post's Sam Stein reported that Romney was making five robocalls for every one being made by the rest of the GOP field combined.

Gingrich's attacks on Mitt Romney have also reinforced the perception among top Republicans that the former House speaker is erratic and impulsive.

The former House Speaker has denied that his attacks on Romney's experience at Bain Capital are anti-capitalist and insisted that they are particular to the former Massachusetts governor's business experience at the private equity firm.