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Romney Declines Lincoln-Douglas Debate Against Gingrich
Real Clear Policitcs ^ | 12/2/2011 | Erin McPike

Posted on 12/02/2011 11:36:29 AM PST by Notwithstanding

With the Republican presidential primary appearing to have narrowed into a two-man contest, Human Events and Red State moved quickly to lock down a date for a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

The two organizations went so far this past Monday as to firm up the Annenberg Theater at the Newseum in Washington as the venue on Dec. 19 after another debate originally scheduled that day was canceled. For its part, the Newseum was excited to host the pre-primary forum.

There was just one problem. While Gingrich was ready to take his place on the stage, the Romney campaign politely declined in a series of mostly e-mail exchanges.

As Joe Guerriero, a Human Events editor, put it to RCP: “Newt was all over it, and the Romney camp basically said no. It wasn’t a harsh no, but it was a no.”

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1 posted on 12/02/2011 11:36:32 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Notwithstanding

Romney’s not quite so dumb as I thought.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 11:40:25 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Notwithstanding

What is Romney afraid of?


3 posted on 12/02/2011 11:40:41 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Notwithstanding

More like Pee Wee Herman and Jim Norton debate.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 11:40:51 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: Notwithstanding

Maybe Romney could send his boy Chris Christi to debate Gingrich.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 11:41:41 AM PST by annieokie
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To: katiedidit1

Spineless Rino versus Grizzley Gingrich


6 posted on 12/02/2011 11:41:41 AM PST by PALIN SMITH (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: Notwithstanding

7 posted on 12/02/2011 11:42:16 AM PST by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Notwithstanding
Myth Romney. Two faced, speak out of both sides of his mouth with fork-ed tongue flip-floppin' RINO SOB.

Smokes Hopium, too.

8 posted on 12/02/2011 11:42:41 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: annieokie

LOL!!!!!! annieokie, only YOU could come up with such a great comeback:)


9 posted on 12/02/2011 11:44:13 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

Yes - he is very wise
to let people wonder whether he would get stomped in a debate against Gingrich
than to
actually participate and get stomped!


10 posted on 12/02/2011 11:44:32 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Notwithstanding

RINOmney’s perfectly lubricated zero-friction weather vane wouldn’t have had a chance against Newt’s blast-O-words.

Not that I’m particularly a Newt fan...but I just cannot stomach a man that has managed to come this far without ever encountering an idea that he feels strongly enough about to defend.

Even the Cretin-in-Chief supports ideas. (Dumb ones created by intellectual weaklings that have never worked...but they are ideas nonetheless.)


11 posted on 12/02/2011 11:44:55 AM PST by Da Coyote (Liberalism - when you absolutely, positively have no ability to produce wealth.)
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To: PALIN SMITH

IF Romney is afraid to debate Newt...how will he deal with congress and leaders of foreign nations. Got have some backbone here...the man is a whimp


12 posted on 12/02/2011 11:45:53 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Notwithstanding
Because he knows he would get his a$$ handed to him. Romney is not a bad debater, but Gingrich has been, by far the most capable debater since the first debate. Despite his "baggage" he is quite adept at thinking on his feet.

I'm guess the Romney camp plans to use the tactic that worked so well for them on other candidates. That is to ignore them in public, and turn the smear machine into high gear behind the scenes.

13 posted on 12/02/2011 11:46:23 AM PST by apillar
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To: katiedidit1
What is Romney afraid of?

The same thing Gingrich would be afraid of if Romney challenged him to a discussion on the importance of marriage vows and being faithful.

14 posted on 12/02/2011 11:47:55 AM PST by GOPyouth ("We're buying shrimp, guys. Come on." - Dear Leader)
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To: Notwithstanding
You're a RINO!

NO! You're a RINO!

You're a flip-flopper!

NO! You're a flip-flopper!

I'll be the nominee!

NO, I'll be the nominee.

Maybe the cancellation is a good thing.

15 posted on 12/02/2011 11:49:10 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
So what do you think Zer0 will do if the general election comes down to Newt vs. Zer0?

Maybe Zer0 could challenge him to a pitching contest to see who throws most like a girl.

16 posted on 12/02/2011 11:54:11 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Notwithstanding

Newt would murder Romney in a debate and Romney knows it. If Newt gets the nomination, he will get the same response from Obama.


17 posted on 12/02/2011 11:54:30 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: TexasCajun; GOPyouth

Newt would not attack Romney ..Newt would respond to the questions. On the other hand..Romney would need some “depends” on his rear.
Newt is not afraid of such questions and has appeared on Fox news and other television shows honestly responding. He also has the letter from his daughter on his site and answers all attacks in full.
If voters want a man that is running on social issues and a true social conservative..Santorum would be leading in the polls


18 posted on 12/02/2011 11:56:22 AM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Notwithstanding

19 posted on 12/02/2011 11:58:47 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: katiedidit1

an opposition candidate with a brain.

Romney isn’t as smart nor as quick as HE thinks he is.


20 posted on 12/02/2011 11:59:40 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: Notwithstanding

Romney helpfully supplies Obama with a precedent to follow.


21 posted on 12/02/2011 12:01:04 PM PST by Lady Lucky
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To: katiedidit1

Yes - Santorum is my ideological choice, but he is also flawed. And he has not been able to get any traction - and that is a fatal flaw for any candidate.

We can’t vote just for ideology - we have to vote for a package of all that is necessary as BOTH a candidate and a President.


22 posted on 12/02/2011 12:01:26 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: katiedidit1

I have said the same thing about Mitt’s refusal to debate or appear on the Sunday talking head political shows. He hasn’t been there for over 2 years. He complained about ‘aggressive questions’ when he appeared on Fox this week.

I don’t think Mitt has a pair of “big girl panties’ to put on when he has to.


23 posted on 12/02/2011 12:02:05 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: katiedidit1
Newt should follow him around the country like Seabiscuit did to War Admiral ...
24 posted on 12/02/2011 12:02:36 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: katiedidit1
A great debater is not high on my list of qualifications to be POTUS.

That's why I still prefer Perry to Romney or Newt!

And yes, all three have their problems w/ Conservatives.

25 posted on 12/02/2011 12:02:39 PM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Notwithstanding

Truman: The buck stops here.
Romney: The buck-buck-buck stops here.


26 posted on 12/02/2011 12:03:25 PM PST by Lady Lucky
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To: katiedidit1

LOL, Well, it’s true. He has already sent Christi to make some negative comments about Newt.


27 posted on 12/02/2011 12:03:29 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Hugin


Sorry, I could not resist the opportunity...
28 posted on 12/02/2011 12:04:01 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: apillar

Baggage? Wild oats sown by a war-horse.


29 posted on 12/02/2011 12:04:18 PM PST by b9 (NEWTer the Whitehouse in 2012 *you betcha*)
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To: Notwithstanding

And so would Obama. Neither of the two are that stupid. Gingrich will never get the chance, in ANY debate with Romney or Obama.


30 posted on 12/02/2011 12:04:44 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: ridesthemiles

Romney is used to being “the media darling” and even if he received more simplistic questions..Newt would rip him to shreds. I would love to see them debate in NH...Lincoln Douglas style


31 posted on 12/02/2011 12:05:00 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Notwithstanding

Of course he would! No way he can match Newt’s knowledge!


32 posted on 12/02/2011 12:05:57 PM PST by tutstar (Want pings to Aaron Klein articles and OWS nonsense?)
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To: Notwithstanding
Yes - Santorum is my ideological choice, but he is also flawed.

Agreed. Here is Victor Davis Hanson who I think nails Santorum's fatal flaw ....

Rick Santorum does great when he answers directly the question asked. The more he avoids attacking others, or curbs his exasperation that his often superior answers don’t lead to political traction, the better he does. But somehow such an experienced and knowledgeable candidate always seems frustrated to the point of vexation.

33 posted on 12/02/2011 12:07:29 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Notwithstanding

Do not fight any opponent on their terms.

- Some smart guy


34 posted on 12/02/2011 12:08:18 PM PST by Grunthor (Pro-illegal alien "conservatives" piss me off.)
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To: Grunthor

OK. Then how about a Mr. Haney-Mr. Douglas debate?


35 posted on 12/02/2011 12:09:30 PM PST by Mustang Driver
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To: apillar

“I’m guess the Romney camp plans to use the tactic that worked so well for them on other candidates. That is to ignore them in public, and turn the smear machine into high gear behind the scenes”

That’s my opinion too. Romney trashed Sarah behind the scenes and may be behind the Cain smears. Guessing his back ops will go after Newt big time now and try to label newt as unstable, mean-spirited, philanderer, etc. etc. Or, they may think Newt is so strong and well-known that they’ll need something real big to knock him out. They could be concocting some sort of major dirt to release around the holidays.


36 posted on 12/02/2011 12:09:36 PM PST by vekzen
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To: katiedidit1
Newt would not attack Romney

Newt's already tried that once regarding Romneycare. Romney shut him down completely when he (Romney) stated that he got the idea of a government mandate to purchase healthcare insurance from Newt's support of the federal government forcing me to buy something. Newt had absolutely no response to it.

Don't get me wrong. I have no use for either Romney or Newt. Neither will be able to go after Obama regarding Obamacare, as Obama will just say he was doing what Romney and Newt supported, and followed their lead on the subject.

37 posted on 12/02/2011 12:10:42 PM PST by GOPyouth ("We're buying shrimp, guys. Come on." - Dear Leader)
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To: vekzen

You may have a point about that - Don’t forget the Rick Perry stuff - Perry was suspicious of Romney too.


38 posted on 12/02/2011 12:12:53 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: TexasCajun

I don’t think two easy-to-mock stereotypical Texans lacking statesmanlike stage presence in a row would be good for the USA.

Image is important, and on the world stage, Perry would be even more of a joke than W ended up being.

I don’t think that caricature of W was fair, but it existed and it was widespread.

Perry’s “oops” moment was so damaging NOT because it was a big mistake, bur because it symbolized the utter lack of gravitas he had exhibited in all the debates prior to that “oops”. The “oops” confirmed our fears (based on our observations of him in debates) that Perry might consistently embarrass the USA on the world stage.

Gravitas is necessary in a president. Perry has none.


39 posted on 12/02/2011 12:13:38 PM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: ridesthemiles

“I don’t think Mitt has a pair of “big girl panties’ to put on when he has to.”

I don’t know if he has a pair of “big girl panties” or not, but if he does would he wear them under or over his mormon underwear...just curious don’t know much about these things.

anyone, anyone, bhuller...


40 posted on 12/02/2011 12:14:07 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: katiedidit1
"""""Newt would not attack Romney ..Newt would respond to the questions. On the other hand..Romney would need some “depends” on his rear."""""

LOL!!! DEPENDS????? my thought exactly, but will they fit into the magic underwear?

Heck, Romney just got flustered and mad at Brett on the Fox interview, now try to imagine up against NEWT.

Looking back at the debates, Newt was very polite and never said anything negative about the others. I think he must have been thinking, JUST YOU WAIT, I'll take the very last one of you out with kindness, and make you like it, and do a double take of "what the hell happened".

Does all this mean that NEWT will now have the Center podium in the next debate???

41 posted on 12/02/2011 12:14:21 PM PST by annieokie
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To: GOPyouth

Romney is afraid of Newt..period. Newt would answer any question hurled his way and not stutter. Romney always spinning...he now has the “deer in the headlights” look


42 posted on 12/02/2011 12:14:21 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: annieokie

“Maybe Romney could send his boy Chris Christi to debate Gingrich.”

Actually that would be good. Fire and ice. Not surprised about Romney. Holograms are all pixel, no guts.


43 posted on 12/02/2011 12:15:40 PM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: annieokie

8 days till the next debate!!! it will be in Iowa...LOOK OUT! as a matter of fact...I would need some depends if I had to debate Newt...LOL LOL LOL


44 posted on 12/02/2011 12:18:34 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: annieokie

8 days till the next debate!!! it will be in Iowa...LOOK OUT! as a matter of fact...I would need some depends if I had to debate Newt...LOL LOL LOL
Do you think Mitt wears boxers or briefs? lol lol


45 posted on 12/02/2011 12:19:03 PM PST by katiedidit1 ("This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever." the Irish)
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To: Notwithstanding
the Romney campaign politely declined in a series of mostly e-mail exchanges

More good publicity for Newt. But of course Romney knows a trap when he sees one so he was wise to decline.

46 posted on 12/02/2011 12:23:45 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Romney’s not quite so dumb as I thought.

I am not a Romney supporter but he missed a golden opportunity. Mitt can hold is own with Newt- again not a Romney fan. He might not win, but a tie or close finish would be huge. It would take away a perceived notion that only Newt can beat Obama in a debate.

47 posted on 12/02/2011 12:25:11 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: katiedidit1
BOXERs or BRIEFs??? I said the same thing in days past on here, just wondering if the Media would dare ask him?? rofl.

From what I've seen of those magic pants, they are boxeries, with little stitched emblems on them. google will find them for you. Not sure if only the ELITE "prophets" such as Romeny get to wear them, but I can see why he must live in a cold climate area.

48 posted on 12/02/2011 12:26:53 PM PST by annieokie
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To: Notwithstanding
I can't argue your points. ...Perry has his problems.

But Bush was liked by our allies and loved by our military.

The MSM spun W as an idiot and will do the same with any Republican President.

But, what if, just what if Palin would endorse him over the other RINOs?

...setting up a Perry/Palin ticket?

I believe Sarah's "kingmaker' endorsement, whoever it is, will vault him/her ahead of the others.

49 posted on 12/02/2011 12:27:40 PM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Psalm 144
""""Holograms are all pixel,"""""

HOLOGRAMS, rofl. So true.

50 posted on 12/02/2011 12:28:51 PM PST by annieokie
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