Gingrich shows off debate performance in S.C. ad
January 17th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
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Gingrich shows off debate performance in S.C. ad

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's campaign wasted no time promoting his Monday night debate performance, releasing a television ad in South Carolina on Tuesday splicing together his strongest lines.

The 30-second spot, called "The Moment," will run in the Palmetto State beginning Tuesday night, four days ahead of the hotly-anticipated first-in-the-South primary on Saturday.

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A narrator begins by saying, "Only Newt Gingrich can beat Obama."

Clips from Monday's Fox News/Wall Street Journal Republican presidential debate are then played over a triumphant orchestral soundtrack.

"More people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in history," Gingrich says.

He continues, "I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness and if that makes liberals unhappy I'm going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn some day to own the job."

The audience at Monday's debate gave Gingrich a standing ovation for those remarks, a first in the 2012 primary election season.

A statement accompanying the ad suggested voters were responding well to Gingrich's debate performance.

"On the campaign trail today in Myrtle Beach, Florence, Columbia and Aiken, the buzz and momentum are clearly with Newt Gingrich as he consolidates conservative support around him," Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond wrote.

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  1. Gurgi

    No, Newt Gingrich cannot beat Obama. He would be a better president than Obama, for the country, but he cannot beat Obama. Too many skeletons in the closet.

    January 17, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. John

    Hmmm. There is one absolute truth here and that is you need to watch the short video that shows one candidate is
    nothing short of a prophet and he is the only one people should consider that are true patriots.
    Go to
    Even if you have to cut and paste it.

    January 17, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Poor newt. He doesn't even realise that a big percentage of our military families are forced to be on welfare. Shame on him for being so insensitive to the really hard-working POOR in this country. I wouldn't vote for him or any other republican if they paid me $10,000.

    January 17, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    (I WOULD take the money and try to help the homeless vets - it IS a secret ballot).

    January 17, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  5. 1crusader

    Gingrich's condescending and bigoted comments towards African-Americans, and his attacks on the president, children and unions to play to the GOP base, show how polarizing, divisive a figure that he is ; and how unfit for the presidency.He plays to and feeds the basest of people's fears and prejudices, as evidenced by the audience's reaction.

    January 17, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    It has continued to amaze me that this man can stand before the public and spout the morals of a snake........ He bemoans the poor and says the poor should do janitoral work all the time his first wife had to take him to court for child support since he would not pay any..... that may be why his daughter had to work as a janitor when she was 13........ this man is an embarrassment to the party and I am a republican..........

    January 17, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Greg Smith

    Obama did not put them on foodstamps, that is the biggest lie of the whole incident. They went on foodstamps because the economy tanked because of the previous administration. Many of the people on foodstamps also already have jobs but fall below the income level. So Newt, wrong on multiple counts.

    January 17, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. Emily

    Since President Obama took office, he ha s been trying to clean up the mess left to him by 8 years of Republican presidency. Many people who have become unemployed through no fault of their own may have had to go on food stamps...that is NOT the president's fault. He has been doing his best to keep this country afloat with NO help from the Republicans, who are completely obstructionist. They seem to think the most important thing is to work against him; never mind what their stubbornness is doing to the people of this country they claim to love so much!

    January 17, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. California Gary

    Seems to me that he wants to take away janitoial jobs from adults who depend on those jobs to support their families, and then give them to kids who will work for peanuts. What a great economic plan. Everyone knows those darned janitors are raking in the big money........they have been living the good life for long enough! Let them live off of their savings and investments for awhile and give the kids a chance to earn some candy money. I with you Newt!

    January 17, 2012 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. John

    the fox debate and the crowd reaction is the BIGGEST reason why the GOP nominee will bn the BIGGEST LOSER.

    January 17, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |

    One thing (among several) that I would like to hear about is something that I'm sure we will never get an answer to. All of the republican candidates, including the Newtster keep spreading another big lie, which is, to repeal All the Job killing, anti business regulations that the President has put into place. Can anybody name one? Can any of the rethuglican candidates name one? I think not. There must be hundreds, maybe even thousands of them the way these candidates talk. Give us the list, where the list, if you're going to spread that story line, lets have some FACTS instead of unfounded generalities, anyone, where's the list? Speak up all you right wing nuts or at least turn off Fox NoNews. Show me the list, where's the beef, I mean list.

    January 17, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  12. ron

    The longer this goes on, the more we learn about the "men" who want to become the republican nominee. Perry's a fraud. Paul's a nut case. Santorum's an knucklehead. Gingrich's an idiot. And Romney's a spoiled little rich kid. I wonder: how many of you republicans made as much as Romney did last year from speaking fees? You know $375K? That's not even counting money from capital gains. And, here's the kicker....he pays 15% taxes!!! You poor republicans are blinded by race in this upcoming election. You had better get to know your candidates!

    January 17, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Slightly Left of Center

    Pictures of Newt remind me of Barney Rubble, only mean and angry.

    January 17, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. MWM

    If you take into account the makeup of the audience and set up questions it was not a spectacular performance. The SC republicans tend to get their information from the Koch brothers by way of Rove, faux news and country songs.

    January 17, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  15. marty

    Newt is the quintessential....Ugly American!

    January 17, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. gg

    when you ship jobs overseas while your population is growing guess what =welfare =food stamps

    January 17, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. Larry in Houston

    I took Newt's statements to be deliberate, In Last Nights Debate. He knows what he is doing. He wants to pit whites against blacks, rich against middle class and poor, men against women, evangelical Christians against all other religions and sects within Christianity. I don't believe he's ignorant at all. He lives in Newt's world, one in which there are no economic hardships (thanks Fannie and Freddie, and thanks to his lobbyist salary and speaking fees), no discrimination (he's an extemely wealthy white male, the most favored of all groups), no lack of opportunity for either work or education.

    And he's a right-wing Republican, which means he only represents a teeny tiny sliver of the population–the upper echelons of the top 1%. He doesn't need to understand the peons because he doesn't care about them because they don't have enough money to contribute to him; they can't buy his interest and his vote. And because they can't buy him, he doesn't represent them.

    I think good ole boy Newt would be happiest if he could return the South to the 20's–the 1820's. Blacks would be slaves again, no voting rights for blacks or women. No economic or educational opportunities for blacks. Wealthy white males would own all of the property and blacks would be back where Newt thinks they belong.

    The cheering, applause and boos of the South Carolina audience sickened me. How people can still have 1820's mentality in 2012 boggles the mind

    January 17, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  18. Whatever

    Newt has to show off something because his wife keeps on a very short leash!!!!!!!

    January 17, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Gingrich needs to learn how to say what he feels differently. Being blunt doesn't always work well with others. I think that is going to get him into trouble. If he continues to alienate voters, then it doesn't matter how good his ideas are. No one wll vote for him.

    January 17, 2012 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. Thomas


    Both Mitt and Newt have enough baggage to open a used luggage store.

    Why do you hate Obama so much , Why ?

    January 17, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  21. Melo-D

    Didn't people getting excecuted get a standing O from the republican audience in a previous debate?

    January 17, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  22. Elliott Carlin

    Gingrich had a few good lines which brought the crowd to it's feet. Good lines is what the man is made of... It helped him nab 3 different women in marriage.

    I can't believe anyone would consider voting for this ultimate insider.

    January 17, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  23. Wise1Speak

    "More people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in history," Gingrich says.
    – – – – –
    FACT CHECK #1: Republican-based economic policies during the Bush years (2000-2008) set the economy into a steep decline that will take another 4-to-8 years to fully recover.

    FACT CHECK #2: Prior to President Obama taking the helm, the nation was spiraling into a deep economic downturn with 700,000 people per month filing unemployment.

    FACT CHECK #3: The increase in food stamps recipients has nothing to do with President Obama; but everything to do with the millions who have lost jobs due to Bush/Cheney and Congressional Republican policies of 2000-2008.

    January 17, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. Conrack

    Now all he has to do is splice together some tape to try to prove to people that he is not just a two-faced, opportunistic, arrogant, ethically challenged womanizer.

    January 17, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  25. 1rooster

    When white people get help it's called subsidies. When black people get help it's called WELFARE. There are many more people getting subsidies than getting welfare.

    January 17, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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