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Gingrich survives verbal bullets in Iowa debate

By SUSAN WALKER
December 11, 2011

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich spar at debate (AP)

Republican presidential contenders went head-to-head Saturday night for the right to challenge Barack Obama‘s claim to a second term but the target for most in the latest debate but not Obama but current GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich’s rivals portrayed him as a philandering, adulterous husband, money-grubbing Washington insider and lifetime political opportunist.

“We don’t need folks who are lifetime Washington people,” said former frontrunner Mitt Romney.

“When you’re taking money to influence the outcome of legislation, that the epitome of the establishment,” said Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, referring to Gingrich’s $1.6 million windfall from Freddie Mac.

Texas governor Rick Perry, another former frontrunner whose political fortunes have plummeted from gaffes and poor debate performances, went after Gingrich for cheating on at least two of his three wives.

“I think that issue of fidelity is important. If you’re cheating your wife, you’ll cheat on your business partner,” Perry said.

Gingrich appeared to agree that his adultery was a legitimate issue and told the debate audience that he had “gone to God” for forgiveness.

“People have to measure who I am and whether I’m a person they can trust,” he said.

Perennial presidential contender Ron Paul went after Gingrich for calling PaPalestinians “an invented people.”

“That’s just stirring up trouble.  This is how we get into so many messes. I think it just fails us on a little bit of diplomacy,” Paul said.

Gingrich took the attacks in stride and didn’t let the verbal blasts from rivals rattle him.

When Romney called Gingrich a career politician, the former Speaker of the House responded:

“Let’s be candid.  The only reasons you didn’t become a career politician is because you lost to Ted Kennedy in 1004. You’d have been a 17-year career politicians by now if you’d won.”

And, in the end, it was Romney who uttered the line that will most likely be replayed over and over from Saturday night’s debate.

Responding to the often-repeated claim from Perry that he supported a national individual mandate for buy health insurance, Romney offered to bet Perry $10,000 to prove it.

Post-debate analysts immediately pounced on Romney for the challenge, saying most Americans don’t have 10 grand to bet on anything.

 

 

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4 Responses to Gingrich survives verbal bullets in Iowa debate

  1. Bill Cravener

    December 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

    These debates are no different then the sick lot of reality shows this country’s christen majority so dearly love watching. Gingrich, Romney, Perry, Paul, Bachmann, Santorum, is this it? Is this the best the GOP has to offer? One gets the sense that the GOP train is so far off the track that Reagan himself may return from the grave to offer his disillusionment. Where’s your god now christian conservatives? :)

  2. Sandune

    December 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Bill, The Christian God forgives all sins even when others are injured and hurt. Part of the National Republican Committee is to follow Christian laws to the end. This has happened all over the world and this demand for faith is what brought Hitler into leadership when the war against non-Aryan Germans meant their extermination. Even in Catholic Spain, France and Italy the Pope issued laws of extermination of many sins committed by women and heretics.

    I will never forgive people who abuse children or even their wives. It is obvious that when a Christian takes a vow on the bible for fidelity at home and to ignore their vow to protect the Constitution. I saw this back om the early 40s when we landed in WW2.

    I will never forgive Newt for working so hard to put America into a deep debt. I have followed his political work and he is not a conservative man; he wants wars against Islam and this has been his decision over his supposed love for America. His brainwashed mind is back in the days of the Inquisition where people were counted only by the grace of the Pope. The Pope made a statement that America is losing its grip on Christian faith.

    Christian Faith is not part of the Constitution and it is time the voters understand it. Christian faith is within them, not the government.

    The voters are sheep and they could put Gingrich in the Whits House. The voters don’t care if he is a criminal having been expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives.

    The White House has taken some heavy hits in the last 300 plus years but with Gingrich and his wife in the White House, we will be at war with Islam. If the Taliban strikes again, they might just have tripled their power knowing America hates their God. It will be a war between White America and the Semites of the world.

    It is up to the Congress to secure the American people that THEY will not be sheep. (yeah sure)

    It also could be up to Liberal voters to stand firmly against Gingrich in the Primaries. We did it in 1964 when Rockefeller was the chosen candidate but many of us became delegates to the Goldwater group and he was chosen. We did this as concerned Republicans and we did it without the Internet. We were educated and determined to work for a smaller government. We of course lost to LBJ.

    We underestimated the ovine GOP voters. Now they have Jesus telling them what to do; what’s the point?

    I’ve been an Independent since 2000; but registered as a Republican last month when I returned to California simply to have some say-so in the Primary.

    For years I have been trying to get back to the Separation of Church and State but I have failed totally and have lost friends and fellow Internet pals for my stand against the religious right. I am and have been a Republican since Ike but the party has morphed into some horrible Greek tragedy.

    • Bill Cravener

      December 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      “Christian Faith is not part of the Constitution and it is time the voters understand it. Christian faith is within them, not the government.”

      Gingrich’s claim that he has “gone to God” for forgiveness or any other nonsense that comes out of a politicians mouth regarding a god is ludicrous. Self-proclaiming oneself a christian means little in my book. Most that do are heretics. It is not what one proclaims they are it is what one practices, no?

  3. Rick

    December 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

    What is it about being a governor of my state (Massachusetts) that turns presidential candidates into PR nightmares? First Dukakis and his idiotic tank picture and now Mitt and his $10,000 bet.