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Newt delivers potentially game-changing performance
The Daily Caller ^ | January 17, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein

Posted on 01/17/2012 1:17:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich does the impossible and somehow defeats Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination, analysts will look back and say the upset was sparked Monday night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The knowledgeable, rhetorically gifted Newt Gingrich conservatives love showed up at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal debate and shook the house. Instead of shining by attacking Romney, he thrived by battling his old antagonists: the “elite” media and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Asked by debate co-moderator Juan Williams whether he could understand why his comments that “black Americans should demand jobs not food stamps” and that “poor kids lack a strong work ethnic” and perhaps should “work as janitors in their schools” were insulting to Americans — especially African-Americans — Gingrich dismissed the notion out of hand.

“No, I don’t see that,” he said bluntly to wild applause.

“New York City pays their janitors an absurd amount of money because of the union. You could take one janitor and hire 30-some kids to work in the school for the price of one janitor, and those 30 kids would be a lot less likely to drop out,” the former House Speaker said.

“They would actually have money in their pocket. They would learn to show up for work. They could do light janitorial duty. They could work in the cafeteria. They could work in the front-office. They could work in the library. They would be getting money which is a good thing if you’re poor. Only the elites despise earning money.”

Williams followed up by asking Gingrich to respond to emails that suggested Gingrich intended to “belittle the poor and racial minorities” with his words.

“Well first of all, Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history,” Gingrich responded to more cheers.

“Now I know among the politically correct you’re not supposed to use facts that are uncomfortable. Second, you’re the one who earlier raised a key point: The area that ought to be I-73 was called by Barack Obama a corridor of shame because of unemployment. Has it improved in three years? No. They haven’t built a road, they haven’t helped the people, they haven’t done anything.”

“So here’s my point,” he concluded. “I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their creator with the right to pursue happiness. And if that makes liberals unhappy, I am going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn some day to own the job.”

The crowd again erupted, rewarding what sounded more like a sermon than a debate answer with what pollster Frank Luntz later said was the first standing ovation he had ever witnessed during a presidential debate.


TOPICS: South Carolina; Campaign News; Issues
KEYWORDS: gingrich; juanwilliams; newt; obama; romney; ronpaul; southcarolina
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Why is it supposedly "impossible" to beat Milt? Only two small states have voted so far! It seems that Senator Santorum may have won Iowa, not Milt!!
1 posted on 01/17/2012 1:17:24 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Newt and Perry had a good night. Perry, with what few questions he had, was fantastic. I expect a Perry and Newt boost after this. I’m personally hoping Perry surges over Newt.


2 posted on 01/17/2012 1:20:40 AM PST by Apollo5600
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Some will say Newt hit it out of the park at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I will say it was the first debate in history that a candidate hit it into orbit! Obama must be in the fetal position and clicking his heels together in fear that Newt may be the one facing him.


3 posted on 01/17/2012 1:28:12 AM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: jonrick46

You paint a lovely picture. LOL


4 posted on 01/17/2012 1:40:06 AM PST by stilloftyhenight (99 weeks = associates degree)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

http://www.youtube.com/user/GOPDebates?feature=watch


5 posted on 01/17/2012 1:54:04 AM PST by Haddit (Heartless)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
". . . They would be getting money which is a good thing if you’re poor. Only the elites despise earning money.”
American Beliefs by John McElroy
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1385564/posts
England (it wasn't Great Britain until later) found in the portion of North America which it was able to claim nothing but stone-age people and forests. The land was rich and had tremendous agricultural potential but wasn't farmland until it had been laboriously cleared of trees and vines. The English colonists found that gentlemen were pretty useless; what the situation cried out for was farmers. So England sent over poor people - some, including some of my ancestors, came from Lutheran Germany - and so the American polity was dominated by practical people (even if they often had religious motivations for wanting to come, still they learned that the situation required diligent work).

The conclusion is that Americans respect any honest work. If you reflect on English costume drama, you will realize that we didn't get that attitude from England - where the emphasis was on who you were rather than what you did - but in the American melieu where people were respected because they were useful, and were respected for the caluses on their hands.


6 posted on 01/17/2012 2:25:28 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

unlike anyone else in the race Newt would make Obama look like an ill informed slap downed punk in a debate


7 posted on 01/17/2012 2:32:17 AM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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Why was Juan Williams allowed to “moderate” a GOP debate?


8 posted on 01/17/2012 2:36:39 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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De boss said, "Juan, go out into those fields and do you some ho'ing."
He say, "Yuh suh, yuh suh, I ain't leaving dis plantation."
9 posted on 01/17/2012 3:37:26 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Newt kicked butt, I love it


10 posted on 01/17/2012 3:41:03 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Should be interesting listening to the know it alls like Rush and hannity and Laura Ingraham.


11 posted on 01/17/2012 3:44:37 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama)
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Juan Williams was shown to be a racist pandering fool when he kept pounding on Newt that “blacks are disproportionately affected”, and about the demeaning character of Newt’s saying those poor who want to live off others should get entry level jobs and develop a work ethic. I especially liked his equating the 99 weeks of un-employment funding as a waste, and saying it was the period that could get an Associates Degree, with that money in the same time period. He was on top of his game all night.


12 posted on 01/17/2012 3:46:32 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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>> unlike anyone else in the race Newt would make Obama look like an ill informed slap downed punk in a debate

>> Newt kicked butt, I love it

I AGREE! NEWT KICKED BUTT!!! woo-hoo!

Best in debate against Obama?

Best in debate against Obama?

A majority of Americans think Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich would fare best in a head-to-head television debate against President Barack Obama. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey, 54% said Gingrich would give Obama the best debate, 20% thought Mitt Romney would do the best. All other GOP candidates received single digit votes when asked how they would fare against Obama in a TV debate.

13 posted on 01/17/2012 3:47:49 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Chicago politics = corrupted capitalism = takeover by COMMUNity-ISM)
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To: Timber Rattler
Why was Juan Williams allowed to “moderate” a GOP debate?

It might be because someone thought Williams' slap down by PBS gave him conservative creds.

14 posted on 01/17/2012 3:54:16 AM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: Future Useless Eater
That looks fairly accurate. There is absolutely nothing Obama (even with a teleprompter) could do against Gingrich. It would be a slaughter.
15 posted on 01/17/2012 3:55:55 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tip for you, Rush...if you’re looking for something to “Right on, right on, right on!” about; Newt has graciously provided you with several very juicy soundbites.


16 posted on 01/17/2012 3:56:23 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: traditional1

Regarding why blacks were “disproportionately” represented among the incarcerated, the elephant in the room was that they commit more crime than any other ethnic group. Even stating this fact usually brands one as a racist, but one hopes, not on FR.


17 posted on 01/17/2012 4:00:02 AM PST by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion

Great post. I’m a Perry backer, because I want to see his accomplishments implemented in all states, but I will vote for Newt with bells on because he’s studied Perry’s resume and goals and will probably also implement most of them.


18 posted on 01/17/2012 4:00:12 AM PST by txhurl (EVERYONE is losing their virginity in this election. -Marty60)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The Bambino was hitting them to all fields last night!!!!!! EVery time Newt speaks it's a teaching moment.
19 posted on 01/17/2012 4:05:05 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: Apollo5600

Our news report depicted the debate as a big nothing with no clear winner.


20 posted on 01/17/2012 4:36:27 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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