It would be an understatement to say that last night’s debate was feisty. CNN’s host John King received a real tongue lashing when his opening question to Newt Gingrich was about Marianne Gingrich’s interview with ABC. Bad chess move John King. Gingrich said it was despicable that John King and his staff chose the question about his wife’s interview as the first question in a Presidential debate.
the primary, a significant question for a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine, Gingrich said”
When King tried to defend the question, Gingrich fired back that even though the interview was published by ABC, CNN chose to air it and that King and his staff chose to ask it as a first question. “I am tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama.” For the record the Gingrich interview is old news and the only new revelation is that Marianne Gingrich accuses Newt of asking for an open marriage.
“Every person in here has had someone close to them go through painful things,” Gingrich said. “To take an ex-wife and make it, two days before the primary, a significant question for a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine.”
You could almost say that the opening was the highlight of the debate, however there were other moments. Rick Santorum attempted to portray himself as the only true conservative on the stage, accusing Romney and Gingrich of “playing footsie with the left.” He pointed to Romney Care as the sample used Obama to create the Affordable Health Act and Gingrich’s support of and individual mandate.
Mitt Romney, in the second debate in a row, seemed uneasy about his wealth and releasing his tax returns. Newt Gingrich had just released his 2010 Tax return earlier in the day, challenging Romney to release his.
“If there’s anything in there that is going to help us lose the election, we should know it before the nomination, and if there’s nothing in there — if there’s nothing in there, why not release it?”
Ron Paul said he wouldn’t release his, mainly because he would be embarrassed, while Rick Santorum said he would when he got home to his computer. He explained that he did his own income tax and that it would nowhere near the income of Mitt Romney.
Synopses: Newt Gingrich dominated the debate and delivered a one two punch to CNN’s John King. Whether or not the Marianne Gingrich interview will play into Saturday’s election remains to be seen. Generally it is old news. Mitt Romney continues to struggle with his association to Bain Capital and is uncomfortable with his wealth and the releasing his tax returns. In two debates he has not been able to formulate a convincing statement. Rick Santorum continues to portray himself as the squeaky clean candidate, whether or not it will resonate remains to be seen. He has now been declared the winner of the Iowa Caucuses with 34 votes, which makes him one for one with Romney.
Ron Paul continues to hold on to his loyal base. With 15% undecided in generic viagra South Carolina and another 15% that have a soft leaning toward a candidate, up to 30% of the votes could be up for craps. Will there be another surprise in South Carolina? Perhaps.
Newt Gingrich Destroys John King, Media over Ex Wife Question (Video)