Gingrich comes under attack in Iowa showdown
December 10th, 2011
10:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich comes under attack in Iowa showdown

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - From questions over his conservative credentials to his controversial comments over Palestinians to his acknowledged infidelity, Republican White House frontrunner Newt Gingrich was in the line of fire at a GOP presidential debate Saturday night.

And with just over three weeks to go until the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the Republican presidential primary and caucus calendar, the showdown was more combustible than the three previous showdowns between the GOP candidates.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans
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  1. Keith in Austin

    TO: CNN Political Unit; Rather than cite the trivial spars between Romney and Gingrich at the ABC Debate tonight, why don't you report on how ALL the GOP contenders are highlighting Obama's deplorable record regarding Jobs, the Economy, our 15 TRILLION DOLLAR Deficit, Obamacare, Illegal Imigration, Middle East Foreign Policy etc. etc. Also, why not report and shed a little light on Obama's grand scheme to divide our Nation by social class, create angst among our People, fail to Lead and pander to special interest groups all in the self-centered desire to get re-elected? That's the REAL SCOOP all Americans need to know about! Especially right NOW!

    December 10, 2011 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. The LONE OKIE

    $10,000 could save a mortgage. Paul has some good ideas. Too much time given to Newt/Romey, The others were left out.

    December 10, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  3. gg

    never heardanyone on stage mention the only thing that would fix america MADE IN AMERICA lable–evertthing they said leaned towards the rich and war

    December 10, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    Seema to me these debates were so wishy washy that nothing really important was discussed based on what I read here. It seems the only interest of the media is when Romney sideswipes Gingrich or vice versa
    By the way these " surrogates" happen mostly to be PACS and regrettably the media grabs the most dramatic and even prints those that dont hold up to say politifact validation.

    December 10, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. art vandolay

    Like either one of these rt wing mopes have a chance at being Prez. Repub party should just forfeit this one and focus on 2016. -Art

    December 11, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  6. tigerakabj

    I'll say this - the $10,000 bet just cost Mitt the nomination. I work 2 jobs and I'd be lucky to see that over a 5-month period. That's the cost of a semester of tuition.

    Bottom line is that Mitt, as is now clearly seen by everyone, is out of touch, has no core beliefs, and isn't fit to be president. People were concerned about this when he said "corporations are people" (since when do corporations have voting rights and can be put in prison?). Now it is only confirmation.

    Winner tonight? President Obama. Rove and his boys might as well settile for Gingrich now and prepare to see the Mr. Contract on America (the man who started this divisive rhetoric in Washingtion after leading the GOP from congressional wildnerness in 1994) lead the to defeat next year.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    December 11, 2011 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  7. ST

    Gingrich might be knowledgeable but he is lacking a major asset in leadership which is DIPLOMACY. Any leader (especially that of the greatest nation on earth), is the first DIPLOMAT. Thats why we have embassies around the world to represent the President in executing diplomacy and they have a special name DIPLOMATS. They are not there just to issue VISA only. I find very difficult how Gingrich can lead by eliminating this major task!

    December 11, 2011 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. Marie MD

    I am glad to see that the $250M flip flopper can make a bet of $10,000 with the rich secessionist. He should have included a gift certificate from the newter man and one visit at the pray away the gay from the flake.
    Just like he only carries $100 bills and can't give a boy a dollar back he has money to throw away while so many go hungry and will go cold this year.
    Way to go 1% of teapublikan candidates.

    December 11, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |