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Gingrich to throw down debate gauntlet
CNN ^ | 030512 | Gabrielle Schwarz

Posted on 03/05/2012 2:36:45 PM PST by Fred

Newt Gingrich will challenge his rivals for the GOP presidential nomination to a debate next week, the former House speaker said Monday.

Gingrich said he expects to extend the invitation Tuesday for a forum in Mississippi or Alabama, where voters head to the polls on March 13.

"I think we owe it to the people of Mississippi and Alabama to have a debate," Gingrich said on Fox News. "I think that frankly it's to everybody's advantage to have a debate."

He also used the impending invitation to single out Romney, the current Republican frontrunner.

"I don't think Romney can just hide behind millions of dollars of paid ads," Gingrich said. "He's got to come out in the open."

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


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KEYWORDS: gingrich; newt2012; romney; santorum
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1 posted on 03/05/2012 2:36:50 PM PST by Fred
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To: Fred

Check this out...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiaw0hgB-fg


2 posted on 03/05/2012 2:37:50 PM PST by Cindy of Nashville (What has the Democrat party become???)
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To: Fred
Swell. More Lamestream moderated debates. Just what everyone was clamoring for.


3 posted on 03/05/2012 2:41:03 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA; Fred

Little Ricky and Mittens are scared and neither one of them will debate him. They cancelled the debates that had already been scheduled, and I doubt that either one of these dweebs will accept this challenge.

Gingrich has ideas. They don’t. Period.


4 posted on 03/05/2012 2:44:13 PM PST by livius
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To: Fred

Perhaps they could use a Conservative moderator, who might
ask pertinent questions about the issues, and not deflect everything away from our failed pResident and his failed policies.


5 posted on 03/05/2012 2:46:26 PM PST by Fireone (Gingrich/West 2012. (did I mention FUBO?))
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To: Fred
Go, Newt!

" We're at the crossroads. Down one road is a European centralized bureaucratic socialist welfare system in which politicians and bureaucrats define the future.
Down the other road is a proud, solid, reaffirmation of American exceptionalism."
~Newt Gingrich


6 posted on 03/05/2012 2:47:12 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Fred

Don’t know whether I could go 10k bet, but I’m betting that the others won’t be able to make it. Very nice strategy Newt, expose their gutlessness and then frame the scenario to Obama as well.


7 posted on 03/05/2012 2:47:28 PM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: Fred

MSM question #1 - “Why, Newt, do the people in your party slander innocent young college girls as ‘SLUTS’....?!”

MSM question #2 - “Why do all of you hate condoms and birth control pills, something ALL Americans worry about every day...?!”

MSM question #3 - “Why, Rick, do you hate alternative energy...?!”


8 posted on 03/05/2012 2:47:43 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Lazlo in PA

felt the same as you until the last debate where Santourm was really shown to who he was and how he voted so I say get these debates going.

Very telling that last debate and I just can’t see Santorum or Romney doing another debate due to how badly they both looked last time and they’ve already ducked out of one.

Not good if they want to face the sweet talking B/S of obama


9 posted on 03/05/2012 2:48:31 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: Fireone

Hannity volunteered to moderate.


10 posted on 03/05/2012 2:49:12 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: gaijin

Did you live in Japan at one time?


11 posted on 03/05/2012 2:49:23 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

If it was up to Romney, he’d have no debates and no interviews and just ask America to elect him based on carefully crafted dishonest negative ads and his “record” which he can’t ever give any specifics on.

Santorum stupidly cancelled the debates thinking that his fleeting surge would last forever. Now last weekend when he could have used one to try to rebound from his disastrous Arizona performance and constant fumbling the ball on the campaign trail he had nothing lined up. Just more evidence the guy is a lightweight amateur when it comes to every single aspect of campaigning, planning, strategy, etc. For that reason he’s probably proven himself to be less electable than Romney.


12 posted on 03/05/2012 2:50:08 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Fred
This is idiotic. Why on earth do you think the Republicans have been tanking in public opinion?

These aren't debates, they're a media circus and Republicans are being presented as the clown act.

Gingrich...get over it and STFU. Oh yes, Ron Paul that goes for you too. Santorum, if you lose big tonight follow the same advice.

13 posted on 03/05/2012 2:50:59 PM PST by pfflier
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To: livius

All Newt has to offer is endless debating. No one cares anymore. The ratings on the last debates were terrible. No one cares to hear anymore of the candidates taking questions from a hostile media.

If Newt couldn’t bail his campaign out of the toilet after 20 debates, a 21st and 22nd ain’t gonna do it. There is more to this election than these worn out events. We all know where the candidates stand and who they are.


14 posted on 03/05/2012 2:52:35 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Fireone
Perhaps they could use a Conservative moderator, who might ask pertinent questions about the issues, and not deflect everything away from our failed pResident and his failed policies.

I nominate "EL RUSHBO!!"

15 posted on 03/05/2012 2:53:28 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

Perfect!


16 posted on 03/05/2012 2:54:44 PM PST by Fireone (Gingrich/West 2012. (did I mention FUBO?))
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To: Fireone

Hannity just told Newt he would be glad to moderate the debate! I hope he puts the other two candidates on the spot when they come on his program.


17 posted on 03/05/2012 2:55:08 PM PST by conservativejoy ("Where there is no vision, the people perish." Proverbs 29:18)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Actually Hannity has already volunteered to moderate. We understand why you don’t want debates (look at Santorum’s last performance!), but actually if you think about they may be good for him as they would give him an opportunity to reinvigorate his sinking campaign.

Go Newt!


18 posted on 03/05/2012 2:56:58 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Fireone

They did have some debates co-sponsored with the WSJ and with one of those conservative think tanks, like Heritage Foundation. But I don’t understand why FOX News has a debate and then allows their liberal commentators like Juan Williams to ask questions but never their conservative guys like Hannity. Makes no sense.


19 posted on 03/05/2012 2:57:08 PM PST by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Fred

Santorum and Romney will probably be busy campaigning.

There have already been 20 debates. What could they say that is new?


20 posted on 03/05/2012 2:57:44 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: Lazlo in PA

If Newt was half as good at schlong control as he was at debating, he’d already be the nominee.


21 posted on 03/05/2012 3:01:42 PM 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: trappedincanuckistan
We understand why you don’t want debates (look at Santorum’s last performance!), but actually if you think about they may be good for him as they would give him an opportunity to reinvigorate his sinking campaign.

It sounds like you are describing Newt here. He is the one not showing up in the polls anymore. All you guys have to stand on is Newts "Brilliant" debating. Guess what? When he was in that debate with no audience participation he bombed. The same types of debates that are always used in General Election debates. Going through the last minute polling, it is Milt and Rick going head to head. All Newt has is his own state. Big deal.

22 posted on 03/05/2012 3:02:58 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: trisham

yes


23 posted on 03/05/2012 3:03:17 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Lazlo in PA

24 posted on 03/05/2012 3:10:13 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The debates drew huge audiences.

Is the fear of debate a Santorum thing?


25 posted on 03/05/2012 3:13:09 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: gaijin

Excellent. :)


26 posted on 03/05/2012 3:15:29 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: livius
Newt has seen the latest national poll, that's all.

Romney 25.5%

SANTORUM 25.3% out of 500 likely voters, well within the margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

Paul 13.5%

Gingrich 11%

- washingtontimes.com

27 posted on 03/05/2012 3:16:08 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: Fred
Wow, saying the word "Debate" to the Santorum crowd is like pulling out a cross at a Vampire convention.

Since when did conservatives want to end debates instead of seeing more of them.

28 posted on 03/05/2012 3:17:06 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: Lazlo in PA

Rush Limbaugh killed Gingrich just before Florida with the stupid meme that Gingrich was “anti-capitalist” because Gingrich actually asked Romney to be honest about the nature of his business (which was not automobile manufacturing, like his daddy’s business, but a rather dubious and publicly unpopular area of finance).

I think Gingrich was genuinely stunned by having the theoretical spokesperson of the right turn against him and support Romney, and even though Rush said a few days later that maybe he had overstated this, the damage was done. Also, Romney and Santorum had already carpeted Florida with their signs and most elderly people, who are a big bloc here, had already early-voted for Romney or Santorum because they wanted to vote for the person that they were told was going to be the winner.

Finally, the “moderators” asked Gingrich virtually no questions, and when they finally asked him one, Romney attacked and Gingrich told Romney that he wanted to discuss the issues and not attack other candidates. Then Romney launched into a completely bizarre off-the-wall attack on him that was not stopped by the moderators because they were obviously on the Romney side.

I repeat: neither Lil Ricky nor Mitty has any ideas. They are both big-government statists. Look at their track records.


29 posted on 03/05/2012 3:18:03 PM PST by livius
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To: Fred

The only way this would work is if Gingrich proposed a “round table” discussion moderated by an uncommitted conservative media personality like Rush Limbaugh.

To make things more interesting, give the candidates the questions ahead of time, and limit the discussion to a back and forth between the moderator and each candidate one at a time, with the limitation that questions and answers be limited to just the topic at hand.

No digressions, no contrasts with the other candidates, just “What will I do as president?”

I would propose some real hardball questions.

1) What parts of the federal government should be strongly reduced or eliminated?

2) What will you do to create energy independence for America?

3) With the cooperation of congress, what steps will you take to reduce the power of the “imperial presidency”?

4) What is your program to stop economic collapse?

5) What should be done about illegal aliens, both keeping them out of the US, and with those already here?


30 posted on 03/05/2012 3:18:39 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Don Corleone

I wish they held a round table discussion with equal time given to all. Maybe with a short winded moderator. Or questions written and put in a bowl in the middle of the table and drawn out by a moderator. Each candidate has opportunity to answer the question.


31 posted on 03/05/2012 3:18:39 PM PST by IM2MAD
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To: CainConservative

Almost as ugly as Bambi and his family...please, get those slope-shouldered, intimidated looking boys out of their sweater vests, and get the girls into something that makes them look like female human beings.

This guy has no chance of winning anywhere outside of the tiny percentage of folks who are turning out for the GOP primaries. Wherever there is a large turnout, Gingrich wins.


32 posted on 03/05/2012 3:20:46 PM PST by livius
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To: pfflier

Turkey shoots is an accurate description, if turkeys had a brain, they would not participate, since they are the target, and they are no good alive.


33 posted on 03/05/2012 3:21:52 PM PST by itsahoot (This space currently for rent. 1-800-555-1212)
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To: CainConservative

WOW!

500 people from the Washington times.......

Now there is cutting edge data for you.....yawn.....


34 posted on 03/05/2012 3:23:24 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

“Hannity volunteered to moderate.”

That would be worse than the MSM. Instead of learning anything about the candidates, we would hear 2 hours of hannity interrupting, then pontificating.


35 posted on 03/05/2012 3:25:06 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: ansel12
The debates drew huge audiences.

It depends on your definition of 'huge'.

They ranged between 3.5 and 7.5 million viewership.

And probably, much of the viewership was the same news junkies who watched multiple debates.

American Idol gets nearly 3 times that viewership -- every week.
36 posted on 03/05/2012 3:25:25 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: itsahoot
[Turkey shoots is an accurate description, if turkeys had a brain, they would not participate, since they are the target, and they are no good alive.]

No, but they are sure good with a fresh bottle of Chianti and some Fave Beans! FFFTTttttt.....ttttt.....ttttt....ttt!

37 posted on 03/05/2012 3:27:12 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

I’m sure Huck would welcome a weekly round table format like the one two days ago with Rick, Newt, & Willard. But tweak it little as you mentioned.


38 posted on 03/05/2012 3:29:22 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: livius
Rush Limbaugh killed Gingrich just before Florida with the stupid meme that Gingrich was “anti-capitalist”

Gingrich did himself in when he severely criticized Romney for a mutual fund included a certain stock. Romney responded -- truthfully -- so does yours, Newt. [Gingrich also has a mutual fund that included the same stock he was criticizing Romney for having in his mutual fund.] Gingrich had no response.
39 posted on 03/05/2012 3:30:06 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

Exactly, huge audiences, and all of those millions are the people who decide the republican primary, and with each change in the state of the primary, new eyes, new conservative primary voters were drawn into watch.

We conservatives cannot afford to cut off our chance to see our choices hash it out in debates, we need more, not less.


40 posted on 03/05/2012 3:31:06 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

Psycho dude,

Google “Scientific Polling”.


41 posted on 03/05/2012 3:31:22 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: itsahoot

I don’t know who was in charge of this debate “charlie foxtrot” but they should be included in the currently unemployed.


42 posted on 03/05/2012 3:31:57 PM PST by pfflier
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To: livius

You sound like a liberal going after politician’s kids.


43 posted on 03/05/2012 3:33:58 PM PST by CainConservative (Santorum/Huck 2012 w/ Newt, Cain, Palin, Bach, Parker, Watts, Duncan, & Petraeus in the Cabinet)
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To: Fred

I bet he has no takers. They all know they can’t take him on and win.


44 posted on 03/05/2012 3:35:58 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

No one is going to send Grandmaw back........remember that one, Newt wonked himself into a corner along with Perry. If he had left his answer short that would have been all there was to it, but he had to Pander to that great voting block thai Karl Rove convinced Bush was necessary. That cost us both Houses and ultimately the White House.

The only person that has been helped by all this infighting is Romney, so lighten up on the politics of destruction. The truth is we have a very split Conservative group and this infighting will likely lead to a Romney win in Ohio, then we will have lost any chance to defeat him.


45 posted on 03/05/2012 3:36:19 PM PST by itsahoot (This space currently for rent. 1-800-555-1212)
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To: manc

Just stop it!


46 posted on 03/05/2012 3:36:50 PM PST by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Guess you haven’t been paying much attention to polls lately. Rick has been sinking steadily since the debate in Michigan, and Newt is making a big surge in Tennessee. He will also do well in Ohio and Oklahoma. He will do well in Kansas on the 10th, and win Alabama and Mississippi on the 13th.

But enough of polls...let’s talk about committed delegates. Rick hasn’t won a primary yet, and the non committed delegates he won in caucuses are going to end up going elsewhere in the end. Even if he does win Ohio (which looks increasingly unlikely) he has delegate problems there. Ditto in Tennessee where a vote for Santorum is meaningless at this point. Congrats on the hollow “victories” you’ve won thus far.

Good luck tomorrow!


47 posted on 03/05/2012 3:38:52 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Hannity the fraud, the man is for the establishment, cannot mention any conservative social issues and his one week as a teen as a blue collar worker got too boring.

Hannity doesn’t want to disappoint his elitist cocktail Manhattan pals like Beckel, William,s, Colmes or the establishment like Perino, Rove etc

I’m guessing he still has those pals of his on his boring tedious show.

I know most don’t bother with Hannity on here now and have seen the light but it still stuns me how many sheep pout there think he’;s a conservative and actually add to his ratings on the radio or TV .


48 posted on 03/05/2012 3:41:47 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: manc

I don’t watch Hannity either, but he’d much better than John King or Wolf Blitzer.


49 posted on 03/05/2012 3:45:27 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: manc; Guenevere
I just can’t see Santorum or Romney doing another debate due to how badly they both looked last time and they’ve already ducked out of one. Not good if they want to face the sweet talking B/S of obama

At some stage, if this debating keeps up, someone might ask why Santorum and Romney both became pro-life only when they were preparing to run for office.

50 posted on 03/05/2012 3:50:36 PM PST by ansel12 (Santorum-Catholic and "I was basically pro-choice all my life, until I ran for Congress" he said))
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