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Newt Gingrich holds town hall meeting in Naples (Packed, overflowing room!)
News Press ^ | 11-25-2011 | Bob Rathgeber

Posted on 11/25/2011 5:57:36 PM PST by TitansAFC

Is Newt Gingrich the latest flavor of the month among the candidates pursuing the Republican nomination for president? Or is he a real candidate who can beat the supposed frontrunner Mitt Romney?

If the reaction from his appearance Friday in Naples is even the slightest indication, then the former Speaker of the House will indeed challenge Romney for a spot on the ticket to face President Barack Obama next November.

At least 800 people crammed into the Hilton Hotel for a townhall meeting. The ballroom was jammed to the gills and loud speakers were added in the the hallways to accommodate those who weren’t allowed into the room.

He was a commanding presence at the lectern. He spoke for 39 minutes without notes and not once in his talk did he even utter one “uh.”

Gingrich speech was aimed at Obama and not his GOP opponents. He used his background as a history teacher to pepper his speech with historical milestones and repeatedly referred to the presidential race of 1860 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.

It was then that the two candidates held seven three-hour debates with no moderator, just a time keeper. As he has done in other speeches, Gingrich said that if he is nominated, he will challenge Obama to a series of Lincoln-Douglas-type debates.

He said he has a plan that would force the president into debating.

“You see,” Gingrich said, “when Lincoln challenged Douglas and he at first declined, Lincoln began following Douglas where he was speaking and the next day would answer Douglas. It didn’t take Douglas too long to agree to debate.

“So when I am nominated, I will let the White House be my schedule maker. Where ever Obama goes is where my schedule goes. I won’t show up the next day though, I will be there four hours after he speaks.”

In a speech interrupted by applause more than a dozen times, that brought the loudest and most sustained ovation.

In a debate last Tuesday, Gingrich spoke out about his immigration position, and he said, was misinterpreted by his GOP opponents. He said the tenents of his immigration plan are “Control the border, English is the official language of the United States, and it’s baloney, if anyone suggests that I favor amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants.”

He said the government should make it easier for visitors to get visas. “It should be easier to disspell someone who is not desirable.”

Gingrich said his immigration stance hasn’t changed recently. “Check the transcripts of some debates. I said the same thing at the Reagan Library debate.”

Asked why the brouhaha now on immigration, he said it’s because he’s now running well in polls and his opponents are worried.

In essence, Gingrich appears to be setting himself up as the anti-Romney candidate, someone the tea party can turn to.

Barry Willoughby, founder of the Naples tea party movement, admitted that he has been skeptical about Gingrich, but is being won over to a degree.

“I’ve been following him lately and have been very impressed. I wasn’t that enthusiastic at first.

“The question remains ... is he electable. Does he have too much baggage.”

That also concerns Hal Molhoek of Naples.

“He has a firm grasp of the fact. He makes a lot of common sense. He knows the pulse of the country.

“I’m still not sure. I am a little concerned with his baggage.”

What would a townhall meeting be without an appeal for votes?

“Florida could be the decisive primary. If I win Florida I will be the nominee. I hope to do very well in Iowa and respectably in New Hampshire. We are the favorites in South Carolina. Right now I think Iowa is a jump ball,” he said.

“And, if you know anyone in Iowa, tell them to vote for me.”


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012; amnesty; bordercontrol; englishonly; gingrich; newt; obama
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1 posted on 11/25/2011 5:57:49 PM PST by TitansAFC
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To: kalee; TitansAFC; onyx; LuvFreeRepublic; Sea Parrot; SweetCaroline; matthew fuller; Gator113; ...
The "Newt Gingrich for President" ping list!

If you want ON or OFF of the ping list, just let me know!

To whom it may concern: If you wish to give me BREAKING news, links, information, or tidbits for the purpose of (perhaps) having me post it at FR, your confidentiality WILL be kept by yours truly. I will tell NOBODY the source of my information.



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---Newt Gingrich 2012.
2 posted on 11/25/2011 5:59:42 PM PST by TitansAFC (Cain's answer on how to handle illegals who broke FEDERAL law? Let the states take care of it. Punt!)
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To: TitansAFC

800 people and we are supposed to be impressed. Heck Sarah Palin filled stadiums. This guy is not impressive with those numbers. How is he to compete with Obama when Obama gets 30,000 and Newt gets 800? Now you know that is a serious problem.


3 posted on 11/25/2011 6:04:47 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: napscoordinator
How is he to compete with Obama when Obama gets 30,000

I'm sure Obama couldn't get a tire changed now. Much less 30,000 people in a stadium. Sarah Palin - that's a different matter.

4 posted on 11/25/2011 6:07:21 PM PST by writer33 (Mark Levin Is The Constitutional Engine Of Conservatism)
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To: jaycee

Thought you’d like to see this after our chat.

According to the Miami Herald, more than 1,000 people were crowding the town hall, packing the hallways outside the meeting so much that they brought in loud-speakers so that those outside could hear the townhall, too.

Chants of “Newt” and thunderous applause filled the room.

Today, I added six NEW Freepers to the Newt ping list. :-)


5 posted on 11/25/2011 6:09:16 PM PST by TitansAFC (Cain's answer on how to handle illegals who broke FEDERAL law? Let the states take care of it. Punt!)
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To: TitansAFC

“In a debate last Tuesday”

Last Tuesday? As in Tuesday of “last” week? I thought that debate was this Tuesday. Wow time flies.


6 posted on 11/25/2011 6:09:30 PM PST by Grunthor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0heL2Czeraw)
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To: napscoordinator

Last time I checked Palin wasn’t running.


7 posted on 11/25/2011 6:09:40 PM PST by Patrick1 (" Let's all pray Kim Kardashian's divorce won't have an impact on her craft.")
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To: TitansAFC

NEWT PING.


8 posted on 11/25/2011 6:10:29 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: TitansAFC

Nominate Newt, and you’re making a mistake — replaying the ‘90s all over again. Newt is OLD news. Nothing new from him that I haven’t heard since the ‘90s. And I don’t say that lightly.


9 posted on 11/25/2011 6:10:42 PM PST by GOP_Harley_Guy
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To: Patrick1

So what. She still was able to pack 30 grand into a stadium and Newt can only get 800 and that is impressive? I don’t think so.


10 posted on 11/25/2011 6:12:08 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: TitansAFC
He spoke for 39 minutes without notes and not once in his talk did he even utter one “uh.”

It would be great to have a President who is articulate about America, our history and conservative values again, especially in the face of the all out progressive socialism/liberalism the dems and rinos have shackled us with.

I don't know if that person is Newt Gingrich or not, but I'm willing to hear him out and give him a chance to change my opinion one way or another.

I remember the glory days of the Reagan Revolution and long for a return to a better way. Newt was a part of it and knows how it's done.

11 posted on 11/25/2011 6:13:34 PM PST by GBA
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To: napscoordinator

It wasn’t a stadium, it was a townhall meeting with little fanfare.

They had to turn people away, and there was no room left in the room or the hall.

Yeah, that’s impressive.


12 posted on 11/25/2011 6:13:48 PM PST by TitansAFC (Cain's answer on how to handle illegals who broke FEDERAL law? Let the states take care of it. Punt!)
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To: TitansAFC
He's probably going to drop significantly in next weeks polls because of his illegal immigration comments. I don't think it will be as significant of a drop as Perry, but I do believe it will cost him the nomination. I'm just wondering who will benefit from it. I hopes it's Cain, but things are jumping all over the place so fast I just don't know.

http://www.hermancain.com/

13 posted on 11/25/2011 6:14:01 PM PST by ThermoNuclearWarrior (Support Herman Cain in the Republican Primary! Donate and Campaign for Herman Cain!)
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To: napscoordinator

Mail.


14 posted on 11/25/2011 6:15:01 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter
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To: GOP_Harley_Guy
Nominate Newt, and you’re making a mistake — replaying the ‘90s all over again.

And 2008 too.

15 posted on 11/25/2011 6:15:53 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: napscoordinator
HEHE It was a Town Hall, moron. You don't have a Town Hall in a stadium. Palin would be embarrassed by you.
16 posted on 11/25/2011 6:18:39 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: TitansAFC
Ok. Fine you believe that. I suppose if I read that one of the three conservatives participating in the Republican Primary Season, (Bachmann, Cain, or Santorum) received that headline, I would be 1/2 happy too. I would expect much more participation from those three though.
17 posted on 11/25/2011 6:21:37 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: TitansAFC

Que ?


18 posted on 11/25/2011 6:23:26 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: napscoordinator

It has to be compared relative to the size of the venue...


19 posted on 11/25/2011 6:24:01 PM PST by RockinRight (If you're waiting to drink until you find pure water, you're going to die of dehydration.)
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To: TitansAFC

“So when I am nominated, I will let the White House be my schedule maker. Where ever Obama goes is where my schedule goes. I won’t show up the next day though, I will be there four hours after he speaks.”

FINALLY!!! Someone gets it.


20 posted on 11/25/2011 6:26:40 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: TitansAFC

“You see,” Gingrich said, “when Lincoln challenged Douglas “

I suppose they’ll flip a coin to see who gets to be Lincoln.


21 posted on 11/25/2011 6:30:20 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: TitansAFC

You’re right, it is impressive. We live near this event and had no idea it took place. Had we known there would have been at least another five standing in the hall to hear Gingrich.


22 posted on 11/25/2011 6:30:56 PM PST by CelesteChristi
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To: TitansAFC
“You see,” Gingrich said, “when Lincoln challenged Douglas “

First Gingrich compares himself to Reagan and Thatcher now it's Lincoln and Douglas?

If he were half as smart as he thinks he is then he wouldn't have been thrown out as Speaker.

23 posted on 11/25/2011 6:33:29 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: napscoordinator

naps,

if Santorum showed any real movement, I’d be running the “Rick Santorum Ping list” instead.

No Palin, and Rick is dead in the water. Sigh.


24 posted on 11/25/2011 6:33:40 PM PST by TitansAFC (Cain's answer on how to handle illegals who broke FEDERAL law? Let the states take care of it. Punt!)
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To: GBA

“I don’t know if that person is Newt Gingrich or not, but I’m willing to hear him out and give him a chance to change my opinion one way or another.”

That is my stance also along with some of the other candidates. I want to hear the candidates out unlike some others here are Free Republic.


25 posted on 11/25/2011 6:33:40 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: TitansAFC

Since his presentation of his amnesty plane he probably would have had an even better turnout in Immokalee.


26 posted on 11/25/2011 6:33:56 PM PST by Iron Munro (Ben Raines For President)
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To: tumblindice

I suppose they’ll flip a coin to see who gets to be Lincoln.
___________________________________________________________
Look at your posting name and you use a comment like this???


27 posted on 11/25/2011 6:34:31 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: Iron Munro
Ooops - previous post should read:

Since his presentation of his amnesty plan he probably would have had an even better turnout in Immokalee.


28 posted on 11/25/2011 6:36:03 PM PST by Iron Munro (Ben Raines For President)
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To: TitansAFC

Unfortunately you are right. I just keep him named because I think he hasn’t received a fair look. Sure he doesn’t have the flair of some candidates, but he sincerely is a good man who would absolutely 100 percent love America. But I know you know that since you mentioned the ping list. :-)


29 posted on 11/25/2011 6:36:23 PM PST by napscoordinator (Anybody but Romney, Newt, Perry, Huntsman, Paul. Perry and Obama are 100 percent the same!!!!!)
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To: TitansAFC

Add about 50 pounds to this picture. Newt’s baggage has baggage, not the word baggage used by the voters at the event.


30 posted on 11/25/2011 6:37:07 PM PST by Fred ("The terrorists' want to kill us, so we need to kill them first!" http://hermancain.com)
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To: sanjuanbob

I suppose they could take turns wearing a fake beard and tall stovepipe hat.
Yeah, you’re right. They should shoot craps for it since they both seem to think they’re `Honest Abe’ reborn.


31 posted on 11/25/2011 6:38:15 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: TitansAFC
"...it was a townhall meeting with little fanfare...They had to turn people away..."

I guess they couldn't find a 'pathway to avoid deportation.' If only they had been here at least 25 years.

32 posted on 11/25/2011 6:39:32 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: TitansAFC

“Newt Gingrich holds town hall meeting in Naples (Packed, overflowing room!)”

Wow. I guess he is the best hope of Illegals, and they appear to really want to hear what he has to say.

(hopefully they brought their kids to translate)


33 posted on 11/25/2011 6:40:06 PM PST by BobL (Send Rove a Message, VOTE CAIN, no matter what)
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To: Fred

While Newt may have baggage, Obama has much more....it’s that we can’t find most of the damn bags. Newt is a choir boy compared to Obama.


34 posted on 11/25/2011 6:40:17 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: napscoordinator

I think she wiil campaign for him.


35 posted on 11/25/2011 6:41:08 PM PST by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: BobL

Yeah, that room in the attached video was just overflowing with obvious illegals......Not!


36 posted on 11/25/2011 6:41:55 PM PST by TitansAFC (Cain's answer on how to handle illegals who broke FEDERAL law? Let the states take care of it. Punt!)
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To: ThermoNuclearWarrior

I hope for our sake youre wrong


37 posted on 11/25/2011 6:42:26 PM PST by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: TitansAFC

His 6 year affair is so offputtng to me. It’s so much worse and deceptive than a one night indiscretion.

Also amnesty hurts my life personally. I think he’s not trustworthy. But I love him at the debates.


38 posted on 11/25/2011 6:43:37 PM PST by Yaelle (Herman Cain: the clever conservative with cojones.)
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To: TitansAFC

Toobad Newt isn’t a conservative.


39 posted on 11/25/2011 6:44:09 PM PST by Apollo5600 (Cain 2012)
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To: BobL

I was in a packed, overflowing room just last weekend.
But the Wal-mart janitor got it plunged and mopped up.


40 posted on 11/25/2011 6:45:40 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: Yaelle

Showmanship is all he’s got. If he cheated on his wives, he’ll cheat on us too. We’ll be lucky if he leaves 20 bucks on the dresser after the honeymoon night.


41 posted on 11/25/2011 6:45:55 PM PST by Apollo5600 (Cain 2012)
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To: napscoordinator
500 hundred of them were illegals, they thought he was having an amnesty drawing.
42 posted on 11/25/2011 6:46:38 PM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Newt, Willard, Perry and his fellow supporters.)
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To: TitansAFC; Liz; rintense
Conservatism, experience, results, eloquence, statesmanship, knowledge.
Infidelity, Washington Insider, bi-partisan statism, amnesty, global warming, arrogance.

SERIOUS solutions to SERIOUS problems!
Serious PANDERING on SERIOUS problems!

The Conservative who practices Capitalism and gets hated for it!
The Establishment Republican who practices fair-weather cronyism and gets paid for it!

43 posted on 11/25/2011 6:49:02 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: TitansAFC
But do those 800 people know these facts?

“Criticized Paul Ryan's plan saying social engineering from the right is bad”
“Era of Ronald Reagan is over!”
“We are not going to deport 11 million people”

For healthcare mandates before he is against it!
For man made global warming before he is against it!
Newt was actually FOR Cap & Trade!!
Partnering with Al Sharpton on Obama’s education reform.
Partnered with Hillary Clinton to advocate health-care IT legislation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThwVp0cwOMA individual mandates http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi6n_-wB154 climate change

Newt Received Over $300K for Work for an Ethanol Lobbying Group
Gingrich Received Over $300K for Work for an Ethanol Lobbying Group
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/265555/gingrich-received-over-300k-ethanol-lobbying-work-katrina-trinko



Newt voted to create the Department of Education.
Newt voted for the Amnesty.
Newt voted to lock up 65 million acres of Alaskan wilderness.
Newt voted to give China Most favored Nation status.
Newt pushed the liberal Scozzafazza in NY23( a GOP district) when there was a perfectly good conservative running in the race.
Newt is for the Individual Mandate where Health Insurance is concerned.
Newt is NOW for a limited Amnesty based on years of illegal stay.
Depending on the day of the week, Newt believes Global Warming is real.
We need a conservative, not a moderate globalist.

44 posted on 11/25/2011 6:49:32 PM PST by federal__reserve (Only Herman Cain could break up Barack's 95% black voting block down to 75-80%.)
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To: TitansAFC

Fatboy Newt has about as much a chance of getting the nomination as I do of bedding Scarlett Johanssen.


45 posted on 11/25/2011 6:50:44 PM PST by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: Clemenza
Fatboy Newt has about as much a chance of getting the nomination as I do of bedding Scarlett Johanssen.

Especially since for that to happen, she'd have to break up with me first. ;)

46 posted on 11/25/2011 6:53:35 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: DTogo

Yes! Seems some need a big, conservative reality check.


47 posted on 11/25/2011 6:56:01 PM PST by rintense (ABO is not a winning strategy.)
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To: BobL

In Naples? LOL!


48 posted on 11/25/2011 7:00:00 PM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: TitansAFC

” - - - “Control the border, English is the official language of the United States, and it’s baloney, if anyone suggests that I favor amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants.”

Newt, you left out how YOU are going to pay for the 2.6 Trillion dollars in entitlement payments to these 11 million illegal aliens.

Don’t ask us to vote for you, as we are TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!

BTW, nice try with the “baloney” and “suggest” words to frame us the way the Obaminator does. You are picking up a few of his tricks.

BTW, BTW, until the POTUS candidates spell out how he/she will make the USA hostile to illegal immigrants, do not bother us with you useless “strengthening” of a 2000 long border. We are very good at spotting money ratholes.


49 posted on 11/25/2011 7:00:32 PM PST by Graewoulf ( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.)
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To: lonestar

“In Naples? LOL!”

Ever been there? That place is PACKED with Illegals. It was GROUND ZERO of the housing bubble and subsequent disaster.

...and it wasn’t today’s high school kids building those houses.


50 posted on 11/25/2011 7:04:06 PM PST by BobL (ue)
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