Epsom, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be contemptuous of how the media have handled a series of GOP debates - but don't expect him to sit one out anytime soon.
"The debates are a better way of communicating than anything else we've found so far," he told a group of reporters outside a diner in Epsom, New Hampshire.
Though Gingrich has quibbled with moderators' questions at several debates and chastised networks for trying to pit candidates against each other, the history professor credits the national exposure for his rise in recent polls.
Two new national polls out Friday show Gingrich in a virtual three-way tie at the top of the Republican field with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and businessman Herman Cain.
Gingrich said voters were responding to his substantive policy stances, and implied that his experience in Washington put him ahead of candidates such as Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
"I am the only candidate in the race who has at a national level done these things," he said. "We have a couple good governors. You're not running to be super governor. You're running to be president. The president involves a range of capabilities that are very, very different and more complicated than being governor."
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Newt has always been impressive with his sharp wit, impressive grasp of the facts and ability to come up with real solutions. Bill Clinton got credit for a LOT of stuff that Newt actually did in the 90's. Without Newt in the House, Bill Clinton would have been another liberal failure, just like Obama.
One angry old guy !
Why wont he ever debate a real historian ?
Mr. Gingrich, it also involves self-discipline, something that has been noticeably lacking in your career. Government means dealing with mundane issues, not coming out with a blizzard of position papers and ideas that do have not chance of working. Sorry, but this is governing, not sitting at an academic symposium.
Many claim this guy is "the big thinker"? He is the notorious wanna-be bully who is a blatant hypocrite that made a name for himself by arrogantly talking down to everybody and anybody while spewing neo-con fiction.
Yum. New flavor of the month.
thomas, I am a historian, and he is well-trained in the craft: I may not agree with him on everything he says with regards to history, but his positions are well-thought out. The problem is that when it comes to generating actual, workable policy that can withstand scrutiny, his accomplishments are more mixed. He had to compromise with Clinton to get the debt down, so if people are looking for indeologically pure man, they need to look elsewhere: Gingrich will deal to get something done, and the TP folks don't want that. Gingrich will throw out ideas to get his people on board, then he will junk them to get a deal done.
Newt is so full of himself he's splitting at the seams. He's 10 pounds of doo-doo in a 5-pound bag. Like anyone really bought his lie on Wednesday about the $300K he was paid by Freddie Mac. When was the last time a history professor was paid 300 bills by a mortgage NGE? His assertion that he wasnt there for his influence is complete BS, and everyone knows it.
Newt condecends to speak to the 'mere mortals' during these debates. He tolerates the media, not because he has to – but because he chooses to. You see, he can do that because he's SO much smarter than the rest of the world.
REALITY CHECK! Newt is having severe delusions of adequacy, and should probably be medicated for his megalomaniacal fantasies.
They may as well nominate him. It'll be like nominating Bob Dole. He's not going to win so they may as well let the old timer have his day in the sun. He's at least one of the smarter ones in the current line up.
I can,t believe people are talking about this guy again??? Talk about a dangerous dude, he makes Cheyney look meek as a mouse! "Thats all we need??? Come on people,"Your not serious"??? Newt?????????????
The next debate should be sponsored by Tiffany's. Maybe they can have it at one of their stores, so Herman can grope the sales women.
Gingrich was sanctioned for ethics problems when he was Speaker of The House, and led the charge during President Clinton's impeachment trial, even though he was having an affair , himself, at the time.He says the most controversial and outrageous things for attention; and has proven that he doesn't have the character, nor temperament to be president.
Newt Gingrich? Seriously? The next clown out of the car is Newt Gingrich? The party of Family Values is utterly desperate.
Wait Mr. Newt once you pass the 20 points media will bring your campaign down because in the debates you e spoke like FOX contributor blaming media and Obama
No he is running for a second term as speaker on the House. More grease to your elbows Newt!
I think in the end, it will be Gingrich who comes out on top. He is the most skilled, the most knowledgeable, and he is very sharp.
You got fired by your own party years ago G. Give it up already.
After reading Newt's books on the Civil War, I believe he firmly grasps history and the role it plays shaping today's events. That puts him way out front of the President and many of his Republican rivals. The closest would be Ron Paul.
@Democratic Partytheonlysalvationfromrightwingnutbags – must be "opposite day" again at the psycho ward?