Oklahoma City (CNN) – Newt Gingrich would not divulge Tuesday whether he's prepping differently for Wednesday's CNN debate, but indications from his campaign schedule suggest otherwise.
After a bruising debate performance nearly a month ago in Florida, the former House speaker has a chance to redeem himself this week in Mesa, Arizona.
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Gingrich regularly holds events the day of debates, while some of his opponents avoid campaigning to prepare. For the first time on a debate day, his schedule Wednesday is empty.
Despite the pressure to reignite his candidacy, Gingrich implied Tuesday he has not given much thought to the debate, telling reporters in Oklahoma City the debate was "too far away." When pushed for specifics about how he was preparing he said, "I don't know."
Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond, who in the past has boasted that debate prep involved watching "Bridesmaids" and "Anchorman" on the campaign bus, also avoided revealing Gingrich's debate strategy.
When asked if the candidate was planning a new approach, Hammond said, "I don't know. I'll tell you afterwards to see if it worked."
While Gingrich's January debate performance was generally seen as weak, prior debates provided the former House speaker with strong moments, particularly during his attacks on the media and President Barack Obama.
Gingrich often jokes that his two debate coaches are his 10 and 12-year-old grandchildren.
The debate in Mesa, Arizona is the last time Gingrich will be on stage with his opponents before the next rounds of nominating contests, which begin next week in Arizona and Michigan and continue on Super Tuesday, March 6.
Since the candidates' last debate in January, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has picked up steam and is threatening Gingrich's presidential prospects.
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His "debate strategy"? How hard is it to practice condescension?
Here's a question for the Arizona debate for all the candidates:
If you believe that corporations are people, please identify the gender of GE or a corporation of your choice.
Newt has alot of nastiness planned ahead.
well i didn' think it was his lips that where tight but really does anyone care what his strataegy is? Should be another dull debate with everyone bashing each other and the president too. Maybe ol rick will preach. Mitt will try and act like just one of the boys and paul will try to remember what he is talking about. Newt will just talk down to everyone. should be a real fun evening . ho hum
I think ol' Newtie is hoping that the moderator can give him a question where he can respond with some sort of attack on the media and get the crowd on his side again. You know it's always the "evil left wing media" and never these poor right wing conservatives that are always correct and the media NEVER attacks President Obama and only them.
I hope someone puts a fork in this clown tomorrow night. He's done!
We love Newt and want him to win!!!! Go Newt, show how dumb and non american the others are..
Well ginGRINCH – you attacked the media already – that's not going to work
You attacked MITTens – So that's NOT going to work
You – on the surface – ATTACKED SATANorum – that’s did not work
You're afraid of Ron Paul – So he won't be ATTACKED – And if you did, that's not going to work!!
What's left? Nothing!! Go home and have fun with your Third Lady!!
"tight-lipped" – no need to call him names – thats just the way he looks.
It makes sense that his grandkids are helping him prepare because he has been childish so often and can't focus.
Newt doesn't have lapps !