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.

Tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. ET for the CNN/Southern Republican Presidential Debate hosted by John King and follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate. For real-time coverage of the South Carolina primary, go to and on the CNN apps for iPhone, iPad, Android or other phones.

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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. J.V.Hodgson

    The food stamp increase is a function of high umemployment and the decline in living standards of the middle calss into the poverty line. Obam per se does not put people onto the poverty line and eligibility for food stamps.shall we remember please this is an entitlement program set up and increased significantly under Bush II as well as Obama.You also have to beaernig less than minimum wage and under $2000 of capital. his increases were directed at one parent families as I understand it.
    the rest is as is under Bush law /program wise.

    January 18, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Newt advertising his shameful racism and demeaning of the poor is disgusting. Really Republicans? This is the type of man you think is a leader? A man with no moral compass, a constant adulterer with a wife as plastic as he is, an open racist, an arrogant rich snob who thinks he is more worthy than a poor person or a black person. He cannot be President for he cannot honor his oath to serve ALL Americans. Shame on SC. Your Confederate flag still flying over your Capitol says a lot about your lack of character and humanity. No wonder your state is full of Republicans.

    January 18, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  3. Squigman

    Please do all of us a favor. Show us that you know how to walk off gracefully, and just go away.

    January 18, 2012 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  4. Shelby

    Debates would do you a darn bit of good, newtie. Obama will have already pulverized you by comparing his strong family to all of your adulteries.

    Just heard that James Dobson of Focus on the Family has asked conservatives if they really want callista, an eight year mistress, as the First Lady.

    You and callista are too cheesy to be in the White House. That is exactly why voters wouldn't seen you there.

    January 18, 2012 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Newt is just getting the racists in the party revved up for November. Given how the GOBP deathcult has pushed away nearly every other demographic, it's very important to turn out the racists or the GOBP has no chance.

    January 18, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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