Newt Gingrich relishes any opportunity to take a shot at his former consulting team and he took full advantage of one at Thursday’s GOP debate.      

The former House Speaker said he wishes he could erase the first three months of his presidential campaign, specifically the part where he “hired regular consultants” and tried to be a “traditional candidate.”

“I would skip the first three months where I hired regular consultants,” Gingrich said when asked Thursday what he would do differently in his campaign if he had it to do over.  

Gingrich’s distaste for political consultants is well known, and he’s repeatedly slammed his former cadre of strategists who deserted him en masse last summer. Many of them went on to run the campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped his bid Thursday and endorsed Gingrich.  

The former Speaker said he should have realized earlier on that he’s not capable of being a traditional candidate and shifted to a “big ideas” campaign sooner.