published Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Newt Gingrich targeted as Iowa caucuses near

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    Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a news conference in New York on Monday.
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With former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surging to a strong lead in opinion polls in most of the early caucus and primary states, it is understandable that the other Republican presidential hopefuls would go on offense against him in a bid to improve their own standing.

That was in evidence in the latest GOP debate in Iowa, a state whose first-in-the nation caucuses are just three weeks from today! The Republican candidates took turns attacking the various positions and statements of increasingly popular Gingrich.

Some faulted his blunt talk about radical Muslim Palestinians who threaten Israel’s security. Their criticism wasn’t so much the content of what Gingrich said. Some of his fellow Republicans — including former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is generally running second in opinion polls — even said they largely agree with Gingrich. But they argued that he was too confrontational in how he said it.

Gingrich defended his comments.

“Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes,” he said. “Are we in a situation where every day rockets are fired into Israel while the United States — the current administration — tries to pressure the Israelis into a peace process? ... Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth. These people are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools. … [I]t’s fundamentally the time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, ‘Enough lying about the Middle East.’”

Meanwhile, the candidates were generally and sensibly in agreement on opposing tax hikes and increased federal regulations, which harm prospects for economic growth and job creation.

A lot can change between now and the Iowa caucuses in three weeks — and before voting takes place shortly thereafter in early primary states such as New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.

But if Gingrich takes strong victories in most of those early states, he would be well on his way to winning the Republican nomination — and facing President Barack Obama next November.

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EaTn said...

I can't wait until the party of family values elects Newt as their choice to run against Obama who has two young daughters with his only wife Michelle.

December 13, 2011 at 6:06 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

^^Perhaps. But I can't wait til the day the veil of secrecy around BO's past is revealed. Did no one go to school with this guy? Hmmm?

December 13, 2011 at 8:28 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Jack_dennis, get over it! I don't care if he was born on the moon, he is still better than any of the circus dwellers of the once upon a time republicans. Your remark only tells us where you are getting your information. Is that all you got? We have pictures of President Obama with class mates, we have a long form birth certificate, and we have his lifetime, all in print. Face it, nothing will ever satisfy YOUR qualifications requirements.

December 13, 2011 at 11:58 a.m.
tipper said...

Newt Gingrich is considered a supurb historian. Newt is actually part of history himself. He has a past. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

December 13, 2011 at 1:19 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Newt is no more an historian than I am. Just because he acted in the capacity does not mean he had the capacity to act (as the historian). His memory is just a bit lacking to be much on history. But hey, ask him about the history of the ethics committee and what they found or how much were the fines. Ask him about how he and the Heritage Foundation dreamed up the insurance mandate everyone wants to blame Obama for. Ask him why he thinks someone that smokes a joint should be executed. Ask his wife if she believes (this time) that he will be a real family values man, or will he leave her when she is sick like he did the last one? Yes, those that don't read or study history are sure to repeat it. We already have had a taste of the newt and it wasn't very good then, and it is only worse now. With the things the Newt has done, I don't see ANY woman voting for him, ever. We require integrity, something the Newt just aint got. And now he thinks it is ok for poor 5-year olds to work. This man is not a serious leader. He is an idiot.

December 13, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
tipper said...

Hey, I'm on your side! Little tongue in cheek.

December 13, 2011 at 6:34 p.m.
hambone said...

First it was Palin. Then Trump. Bachmann faded fast. Then Perry jumped in. After them, Cain. Now it's Gingrich with Romney, Paul, Huntsman and Santorum still hanging around.

What a circus!

December 13, 2011 at 7:23 p.m.
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