Candidates go for last words in last debate before Iowa caucuses
December 15th, 2011
10:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Candidates go for last words in last debate before Iowa caucuses

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich, who has come under assault from nearly all of his rivals for the GOP nomination, defended himself Thursday against questions about his electability and conservative record.

"It's sort of laughable to suggest that some someone who campaigned with Ronald Reagan and with Jack Kemp, and (who) has a 30-year record of conservatism is somehow not conservative," Gingrich said in a presidential debate in western Iowa.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    President Obama has nothing to worry about in this election cycle!

    December 15, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Excellent performance night, but not a tremendous amount of new material.

    There is no doubt, that Obama will have to deliver real substance to win in 2012. Rhetoric alone, is not going to get him there.

    December 15, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  3. nina

    How many times was Reagan's name mentioned tonight? LOL

    There is not a single candidate of Reagan's caliber up on that stage.

    December 16, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  4. Jim

    At any other time in America's history would candidates like this even deserve a second look. American society today seems transfixed on reality shows and national enquirer news, these candidates fit nicely into that mold. As for any one of them being the leader of the free world, God forbid. In their anger and hatred towards the President the extremists who have hijacked the gop find themselves backed into a corner.

    December 16, 2011 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  5. mk1

    There really is no question he is a conservative, and that is exactly what is wrong with all of these candidates and the basic reason why I will never vote for them. I actually am a great big Gingrich fan, Go Newt!!!

    December 16, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  6. charles

    Please if you really care about America vote straight democrat ticket.

    December 16, 2011 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  7. Marie MD

    You can pal around with other and not necessarily have the same views or thoughts. Try again.

    December 16, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |