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shooting into cars on sunset boulevard in hollywood friday. apparently at random. they still don't know what motivated this rampage in which brem wounded three people. responding police officers shot brem. he later died at a hospital. across town rivalry in cincinnati turns violent on the court with just seconds left in the game. a huge brawl breaks out in the basketball game between the university of cincinnati and xavier university. a cincinnati player threw a punch at a xavier player. that drew blood and then there was this statement coming from a xavier player after the game. >> you know, that's what you're going to see from xavier and cincinnati. and we got disrespected a little bit before the game, guys calling us out. we're a tougher team. we're grown men over here. we got a whole bunch of gangsters in the locker room, not thugs but tough guys on the court. we went out and zipped them up after the game.
that's our motto, zip them is up, and that's what we did to them. >> there may be several suspensions after officials reveal the game tape. all right, now to the race for the white house. with just over three weeks until the iowa caucuses, six of the seven candidates took to the debate stage in that pivotal state, trying to put some clarity on where they stand on a host of issues from political careers to marital fidelity and flip-flopping. for the two leading candidates, newt gingrich and mitt romney, it was a real test of composure. here's michele bachmann on the attack. >> if you look at newt, romney, they were for obama care, principles. if you look at newt, romney, they were for cap and trade. if you look at newt, romney, they were for the illegal immigration problem. and if you look at newt, romney, they were for the $700 billion
bailout. you just heard newt, romney is also with obama on the issue of the payroll extensions. so if you want a difference, michele bachmann is the proven conservative. it is not newt, romney. >> and then it was gingrich's turn. >> let's be candid. the only reason you didn't become a career politician is you lost to teddy kennedy in 1994. >> now wait a second. now wait a second. that's -- >> i mean -- >> you'll get another response. >> do i get to -- >> please, please. >> i looked and i thought, i'm a citizen, i've served the country in many ways. you're a citizen, you served country in many ways. but it is a bit much. you have been a 17-year career politician now if you had won. >> when rick perry accused mitt romney of flip-flopping on health care reform, the stakes got high we are a free for all, punctuated by rhetorical or
literal wager. you decide. >> i'm listening to you, mitt, and i'm hearing you say all the right things, but i read your first book, and it said in there that your mandate in massachusetts, which should be the model for the country. i know it came out of the reprint of the book, but, you know, i'm just saying, you're for individual mandates, my friend. >> you know what, you raised that before, rick. and it was true then -- >> don't, don't, it is true now. >> rick, i'll tell you what. 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> i'm not in the betting business, but -- >> okay, okay. >> i'll show you the book. >> i've got the book. >> i'll show it to you. >> and i wrote the book. in chapter seven, there is a section called the massachusetts model. and i say as close as i can quote, i say in my view, each state should be able to fashion their own program for the specific needs of their distinct citizens. and then i go on to talk about
the states being the laboratories of democracy and we can learn from one another. i have not said in that book first edition or the latest edition anything about our plan being a national model imposed on the nation. the right course for america and i said this during the debates last time around, i'll say it now and time again, is to let individual states -- this say remarkable nation, this idea of federalism is so extraordinary, let states craft their own solutions. don't have obama care put on us by the federal government. >> george and diane, can i just say something? this is such an important issue. we have one shot to get rid of obama care. that's it. it is 2012. do we honestly believe that two men, who just stood on this stage and defended romney care when it was put in place in massachusetts and the individual mandate when he proposed it in 1993, are they honestly going to get rid of it in 2012? this is going to be a very -- >> yes. >> i don't think so.
there is going to be a very -- it is going to be a very heavy lift. >> senator, this is not about what you say at a debate or what you say in a campaign when you're talking to audiences that you want to get -- that you know what they want to hear. back in 1994, newt, i was running for the united states senate and i did not support an individual mandate and i was a conservative. i supported something called medical savings accounts that i drafted with john case nick tka house because i believe in bottom up solving the problems of america, not top down government solutions. i learned some of it in listening to some of your go pac tapes, but you strayed on that issue as you have on others. the record is important. what the question was about a consistent conservative, you can't talk about whether someone is consistent unless you look at their record. i would agree with michele, i think michele has been consistent as a consistent conservative. but she's been fighting and losing. i fought and won. i was in the united states
senate and i fought and passed welfare reform. i was the principle author in the united states house and managed the bill on the floor of the united states senate. i was the leader on pro-life issues and profamily issues and i fought those issues and endured tough debates and won. i went out and fought on national security issues, conservative things like putting sanctions on iran and, again, the consistent track record of being there when good times and bad, and i think you heard the difference, you're not going to hear them talk about all the positions i took and flip-flopped on, i was there, i led, and i won. and if you're looking for someone who can be a consistent conservative, and there is others on this platform, but it can lead the fight, win the issues and, plus, win in states that are important for us to win elections like pennsylvania. >> all right, let's talk more about the debate last night. let's bring in cnn deputy political director paul steinhauser in des moines and ron brownstein from washington. good to see both of you,
gentlemen. clearly, romney and gingrich are the targets since they're the front-runners. did either one of them uniquely distinguish themselves last night? paul, you first. >> well, you know, i think, fred, we all knew that, you know, newt gingrich would come under attack. he's the front-runner now. that's what changed since the last debate, three weeks ago, our cnn debate in washington, d.c. he did come under attack. you played some of the sound from the debate. i think the general consensus is the former house speaker did no harm to his front-runner status in iowa, first state to vote in the primary caucus calendar and front runner in the national polls. he had a good response to almost every attack, be it his conservative credentials and his being taped as a career politician, to his controversial comments on the palestinian people as being an invented people, that controversy from two days ago, even to his marital infidelity, which also came up during the debate. it seems each time newt gingrich had a pretty good response, mitt romney, i think the reviews are a little less positive for him. some people saying that that
bet, you played that back and forth between him and rick perry, the bet may have hurt him as he's trying to, as a multimillionaire, reach out to average americans. $10,000 bet seems a little steep. democrats were quick to tack romney on that, fred. >> ron, you agree that, that gingrich came across more controlled, calm and romney, even though he's a little bit more aggressive perhaps, he took an unnecessary risk by posing a $10,000 wager? >> yeah, i think it was a better night for newt gingrich than mitt romney. there is so much about the race that was encapsulated in the few clips that you played. you know, conservatives, movement conservatives are the predominant faction in the republican party. no question about it. but as michele bachmann's complaint kind of suggested, they're in the position where the two leading candidates in the race are both men with whom they are not entirely comfortable for different reasons. that is a reality here. you have gingrich, the right consol dating around gingrich as its best opportunity to stop mitt romney, yet, as rick
santorum said, on a number of issues, he has taken positions over the course of his career that they disagree with. i completely agree with paul. i thought that gingrich was calm, collected. he struck a good balance between being deliberative, but not being cavalier, particularly when we got to that very -- could have been a very difficult moment for him about acknowledge marital infidelity and he said, look, you know, i made mistakes, but i'm now 68 years old, i'm a grandfather, you have to judge me by who i am today. that's an argument that extends well beyond that specific issue. i think probably covers a lot of the broader criticism of him as speaker of the house. >> we're going to talk more about that infidelity issue this and question a little later on this hour too. let's talk about ron paul, because he, apparently, is really courting the independent vote. and some analysts have been saying the turnout in his iowa appearances far exceed that of romney and gingrich. paul, you're there in iowa, might iowa be crowning a new caucus leader in this race and
might it be a ron paul? >> i got to say, fred, first of all, also very mild day here, this is december in iowa. this is pretty mild day, almost 40 degrees and sunny out. we're enjoying this weather. may not last. but i was talking to one of ron paul's senior advisers this morning and last night after the debate. they're very happy with their situation now. you saw the congressman from texas being pretty aggressive again last night, against gingrich. we have seen that for a couple of days now. ron paul has a strong organization out here. some people say he may have the strongest get out the vote effort in the state. that's the key. three weeks from tuesday, it is how many people you can get to the caucus sites from your supporters. ron paul's campaign strong out here, he's about 15 or 16% and our most recent poll here at iowa, third place, just a few points behind mitt romney, they're very happy where they are here and in new hampshire, which is the second state to vote, fred. >> okay. and, you know, ron, you know, later on this week there will be another debate, it being on fox news. there has been an awful lot of discussion about the trump debate as well.
only two of the contenders have actually committed to it. do you suppose it will happen or why are so many contenders staying away from it? >> not clear. donald trump is first and foremost about donald trump. i think all of the candidates are understandably leery about being extras in his show. and it is not clear whether the debate will come off or not. you know, by at that point, it is unclear what the impact would be. the risk i think for romney is that we'll see what this next debate does, but this could have been the best chance to change the dynamic in iowa before the caucus and all of the polls have shown gingrich moved out into the lead. i kind of wonder if romney campaign will reassess how deeply they invest in iowa and may put more priority on trying to shore up that firewall in new hampshire because certainly if both of those states fall, same person hasn't won both of them in a contested republican race since 1976, if new hampshire fell that would be catastrophic for romney. >> okay, thanks so much, ron. paul, we'll see you a little bit later on this evening. thanks so much for being with
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all right, welcome back to the special hour of the "cnn newsroom." we're taking this time out every sunday to let you hear from the 2012 presidential contenders as they go head to head. a lot of sparks were flying at last night's republican debate in des moines, iowa. let's bring back cnn's senior political analyst ron brownstein in washington. so, ron, the question of fidelity came up at the debate. the question posed by the forum was, should voters consider marital fidelity when making their choice for president? and all the candidates answered, including a perry and gingrich. take a listen. >> if you will cheat on your
wife, if you will cheat on your spouse, then why wouldn't you cheat on your business partner or why wouldn't you cheat on anybody for that matter? >> i made mistakes at times. i had to go to god for forgiveness, i had to seek reconciliation. i'm also a 68-year-old grandfather and i think people have to measure who i am now and whether i'm a person they can trust. >> ron, with newt gingrich's three marriages, he was easy prey, but it didn't appear as though that candidates really seized on that. did they? >> well, i think any candidate is reluctant to be too much of the moralistic finger pointer. look, we know that most americans believe, as robert penn warren wrote in "all the king's men," there is always something, that all of us have something in our lives we don't want on the front page of the localer newspap enewspaper, we with the bill clinton issue and how people reacted. we saw perry go about as far as a candidate does in trying to use gingrich's acknowledged
history of infidelity as a way of saying to voters, you can't really trust this guy as president. i thought gingrich's answer may have been his most effective moment of the night. he was neither dismissive, nor defensive. he was kind of acknowledging that this would trouble some voters, but made a strong case, i'm a different person today as i was then. i think he'll try to apply this to a variety of criticisms, especially his leadership style as speaker of the house, a greater vulnerableility in the long run than this. >> do you think it humanized him in a way that perhaps no other sound bite of him has done before? >> that's a great point. i agree. i think he made the case that many people can relate to in their own life of journey and coming to a different place and as i said, i mean, people understand that everyone has done something that they don't want to read on the front page of the local, much less a national newspaper, and the question is the lessons you take from the mistakes in your life and what gingrich, i think, is trying to argue is that, you know, a lot of the criticism he
will face in effect is aimed at a different person. he's no that the perst that per. whether people believe that on the leadership and political positioning front as they do on the personal front is another question. but i do think that the history of the clinton impeachment, and other scandals involving politicians is that most people recognize that we're all flawed and that they try to judge political leaders not only by what they do at their lowest moments, but also what they're capable at their best moments. >> composure meant a whole lot here. do you suppose newt gingrich has been working very hard to kind of show that he's on point, that he's not a loss cannon as many in the republican establishment say they're a little nervous about him, because they're not quite sure what he's going to say next, how he's going to behave? >> well to some extent as there was a new nixon in the '60s, this is a new newt this is a more composed newt gingrich. he usually creates the most problems right at the moment he's at his greatest success.
the easy analogy has been that he's kind of an ickerish type figure, whose wings melt when he gets close to the sun. it is not that he's moved past this problem. he has a tendency to express himself -- >> we saw that on the jewish channel. >> you go back to the 1990s, he called bill and hillary the enemies of normal americans. and spring, directing fire at conservatives, when he said paul ryan's plan was social right wing engineering and the comments about the palestinians, which we'll address later. that is part of the package of newt gingrich and part of the question the republicans will be asking themselves, whether they're comfortable with someone with that kind of history and that kind of inclination. >> it seemed like last night the camps were trying hard not to have any gaffes or implode. this following week or last week, we actually saw a couple of instances where there were
some things said or ads rolled out which really could heighten the risk for some of the candidates. i'm talking about rick perry and, you know, with his ad, comparing gays in the military to prayer in school. and then also mitt romney just last night with that $10,000 wager. >> well, you know, poor rick perry is pouring a huge ad buy into iowa and he launches it with an appearance at the des moines register editorial board where he not only misremembers the name of justice sotomayor but seems to incorrectly number the amount of justices on the supreme court, reducing it to eight. there is an explanation for that, but those were the headlines again. and his ad itself is clearly aimed at that large social conservative bloc in iowa, 67% of caucusgoers in 2000 were self-described evangelical christians. the problem is, it is a limiting ad it closes off, i think, his ability to grow beyond that constituency and certainly for mitt romney, that bet will be the lasting moment of the
campaign. and i think not only the democrats if he gets the general election, but other republicans will use it to make the case that this is not someone in touch with the problems of average americans, because most people don't settle an argument by saying they're going to reach into their wallet to put down a $10,000 bet. that's not kind of the way things go on sunday afternoon during most football games. >> ron, thanks so much. we'll talk again, we'll talk about the white house strategy and how it is pursuing the race for 2012 as well. primary season, it does kick off just about three weeks away in iowa. we'll look at some polls and some of the early states in the primary and caucus season. first, funny man david letterman's thoughts on some gop hopefuls. >> things are getting weird with the republicans. mitt romney now said that the gloves are coming off. that's mitt, tough guy mitt, the gloves are -- the gloves are coming off. and ron paul said, my teeth are coming out.
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the iowa caucuses launch the 2012 primary season on january 3rd, right around the corner. with decision day now just three weeks away, where do the republican candidates stand? let's look at the latest cnn time magazine poll. on the first four states to hold primaries in the new year, take a look at iowa, newt gingrich is leading the pack as the likely choice for a gop nominee with
33%, followed by mitt romney with 20%, but ron paul is a close third with 17%. in new hampshire, the lead changes, 35% of voters there support romney as the choice for gop nominee. gingrich has 26% of the vote and paul with 17%. in south carolina, it is shaping up to be a two-man race for the nomination. gingrich has the lead with 43%. romney with 20%. and then on to the ever so valuable florida, 48% of primary voters say gingrich is their likely choice. romney gets 25%. so what do these polls mean for the gop candidates? our john king breaks down the numbers state by state. >> well, fredricka, we know gingrich leads in three of first four states on the calendar. he leads in new hampshirham iow hampshire. let's look within the republican party at some of the key
constituent says, particularly evangelical voters. this is iowa. gingrich is in the lead. why? he's running best among all of the candidates among those who describe themselves, identify as born again christians. the evangelical vote is split here. but gingrich is ahead, mostly because he's the leader in that group. let's move on to the state of new hampshire. not that many evangelical voters in new hampshire, but you have a moderate conservative split and that's the big reason why romney is leading. he's leading at 35% overall, gingrich second at 26%. why? they're pretty even. among those who say i'm a moderate or liberal, look at the romney lead there, that's the big difference in the state of new hampshire now. if you move on to south carolina, half of the voters in south carolina's primary four years ago, republican side, identified themselves as born again christians or evangelicals. gingrich, way ahead in the state, why? he's clocking romney among voters who call themselves conservatives, especially among voters who call themselves evangelical, born again christians. look at that big lead for gingrich there. those not considered -- do not consider themselves born again,
romney is closer, but gingrich well ahead there. those are big numbers among conservatives and evangelicals. florida votes fourth. this sounds like a broken record. gingrich way ahead, splitting the moderate vote. what is helping gingrich in florida? clocking romney among self-identified conservatives, born again christians, two to one, he leads romney in florida. here is one other thing to keep your eye on. this is just florida. we asked voters there, do you definitely support your candidate or might you change your mind? more than half in florida say they would change their mind. as you study the first four states, remember, iowa votes first. it has a history of surprises. once that surprise happens, the later states tend to reshuffle a bit. fred? >> all right, thanks so much, john. jobs and the economy are big issues in the 2012 campaign. president barack obama is rebuffing gop arguments that he is engaged in class warfare. >> this isn't about class
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hour of the "cnn newsroom." we're focusing on politics, allowing you to hear from the 2012 presidential contenders in their own words. encouraging news for president barack obama and newt gingrich in two early primary states. in the fight for the republican nomination, an nbc marist poll shows president obama would beat gingrich or romney in south carolina and florida. in hypothetical matchups in south carolina, president obama leads gingrich 46% to 42%. and leads romney 45% to 42%. in florida, the president would beat gingrich 51% to 39%. and he leads romney, 48% to 41%. early last week president obama took a trip to kansas where he talked about jobs and the economy and he invoked past presidents including republicans, teddy roosevelt and dwight eisenhower, in a bid to move the country beyond partisanship. here is what he said.
>> this country should not be known for bad debt and phony profits. we should be known for creating and selling products all around the world that are stamped with three proud words, made in america. today, manufacturers and other companies are setting up shop in the places with the best infrastructure to ship their products, move their workers, communicate with the rest of the world. and that's why the over 1 million construction workers who lost their jobs when the housing market collapsed, they shouldn't be sitting at home with nothing to do. they should be rebuilding our roads and our bridges, laying down faster railroads and broadband, modernizing our scho schools. all the things other countries are already doing to attract good jobs and businesses to their shores.
yes, business and not government will always be the primary generator of good jobs with incomes that lift people into the middle class and keep them there. but as a nation, we have always come together, through our government, to help create the conditions where both workers and businesses can succeed. and historically that hasn't been a partisan idea. franklin roosevelt worked with democrats and republicans to give veterans of world war ii, including my grandfather, stanley dun, the chance to go to college on the gi bill. it was a republican president, dwight eisenhower, proud son of kansas, who -- [ applause ] who started the interstate
highway system, and doubled down on science and research to stay ahead of the soviets. >> all right, cnn senior political analyst ron brownstein is with us again from washington. ron, ask you about the polls that we just saw in a few minutes because i know you're doubting them in a big way, but first, you know, the democratic base, they wanted the president to give this type of speech in kansas. why? >> well, because i think it really underscores the -- both the ideological and economic arguments they want to make. in that clip you heard, the president affirming that he believes there needs to be an activist roll for government in policing the market and trying to create the building blocks of opportunity for average american and reaching back to teddy roosevelt who gave one of most famous speeches of the 20th century in kansas in august 1910, his new nationalism speech, making the similar argument that government had to be more involved to check the power of concentrated wealth. that ensures a sharp ideological divide with whoever the republican nominee is, because they are all running on the argument that the key to national revival is retrenching
government, less spending, less taxes, less regulation, and if you look at the specifics of their agenda, they're probably talking about a bigger rollback of government than any republican candidate since at least ronald reagan 1980 and arguably barry goldwater in 1964. the other thing the president did was really emphasize the trends toward income polarization and equality and perhaps more importantly the decline in the ability of people to move from one level to another level in our society. these are arguments that democrats have wanted to hear him press and in a populous way. they're not politically cost free, but he certainly identified with them as closely as he has at any point in his presidency. >> okay. so back to those polls again, very positive for the obama white house, showing that he would beat romney, he would beat gingrich in south carolina and florida, according to those polls. why don't you buy that? >> if he wins south carolina, the rubble will bounce as they say. in the spirit of the weekend, i bet you $10,000 on south carolina. democrats have won it only once
since 1968. the large minority population does get them within range. obama got to 45% as i recall. the white population is as reliably republican and conservative really as anywhere in the south. florida is a genuine swing state. it is one of the places that will probably decide the presidency. it has become a microcosm of the new america, shaped by growing diversity. but that particular poll was much more favorable for the president than most surveys out of florida, which show him competitive, certainly not out of reach for him, but the idea it would be as easy as that poll suggests is probably wishful thinking for democrats. >> all right, ron, thanks so much. you know, we're going to be talking about hillary clinton and her name keeps surfacing as it pertains to the run for the white house. what might her next move be? well, cnn talked to an insider about her, her husband, former president bill clinton. >> a lot of what she has done as secretary of state, a lot of that she can continue to do, so
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cnn brings you politics each sunday during this hour. and we're bringing you the 2012 presidential contenders in their words. republican presidential hopeful ron paul is taking aim at his political rivals today on nbc's "meet the press." he said gingrich and romney, quote, lack consistency. >> i think they're -- they come from the same mold. they're about the same. they're both on the defensive.
they're both explaining themselves and i even said that last night, that why should we have a nominee that has gone -- that is going to spend most of the time explaining themselves and deciding what position they were on and when. i think that's too much on the defensive. and i think if you're consistent, it speaks for itself. you know, nobody ever challenges me to that, but i don't have to brag about it either because everybody knows exactly what i'm going to do and exactly what i've done for 30 years, so it goes without speaking about it. >> but i want to be clear on this point, you consider both gingrich and romney unacceptable as consistent conservatives? >> well, i would say they're not consistent. i think they more or less admitted that they changed their positions on it. it is not that they're in denial. it is just that they admit that they were on one side of the position here and on the other side of a position on another topic. >> meantime, newt gingrich has been pretty steady this week
delve into the issues on the presidential campaign. every sunday we're spending this hour of the "cnn newsroom" to allow you to hear from the contenders as they spell out their future, what they see as the future of the united states. palestinian leaders meantime are lashing out at republican front-runner newt gingrich in an interview that aired friday on the jewish channel. a u.s. cable channel. gingrich said historically the palestinian people were, quote, invented. >> i believe that the jewish people have the right to have a state. and i believe that the commitments that were made at the time, remember, there were -- there was no palestine as a state. it was part of the ottoman empire. and i think that we have had an invented palestinian people, who are, in fact, arabs and are part of the arab community. >> this is a response from a top palestinian piece peaeace negot >> i believe this is a very, very wrong statement, this say racist statement.
and we condemn it with the strongest possible term. and such statements is really inciting for bloodshed of muslims, christians and jews in the region and we don't need such low level statements. >> the issue was brought up at last night's republican debate in iowa. >> this is a propaganda war in which our side refuses to engage and we refuse to tell the truth while the other side lies and you're not going to win in the long run if you're afraid to stand firm and stand for the truth. >> of course you stand firm and stand for the truth. but you don't speak for israel. >> i didn't. >> if netanyahu wants to say what you said, let him say it. >> cnn senior political analyst ron brownstein back with us now from washington. ron, can newt gingrich overcome these comments? because he's not backing down. he's not apologizing. >> well, as history, it is certainly to say the least debatable. all of the nations of the modern middle east in that sense are invented because they were all carved up by france and england
out of the ottoman empire after world war i. in the balfour declaration, where the government first talked about establishing a jewish homeland, they talk about protecting the civil and religious rights of existing nonjewish communities in palestine. certainly there is a history of a people there. that isn't likely to be the real issue though here. as i said before, i think this dispute gets to the heart of the question i think republicans will grapple with about the newt gingrich candidacy, which is does very the temperament, the stability, the instincts that they want to see in a nominee and a president? he is someone who has a history of expressing himself in flamboyant language. he came to congress as a back bencher determined to be heard. created something called the conservative opportunity society in the '80s. in many ways he still carries that instinct of someone who really has to turn up the rhetoric, throw the rock through the window, to get noticed. he is trying to be a new newt.
he had some successful wi with t debate. this will go to the heart of what will give some republicans pause about anointing him as the nominee or seeing him as president. >> so the republican base has been very reluctant to embrace him all the way. this might potentially in your view kind of further alienate him or make some of those members of the republican base take pause and step back and say, still not sure about him. >> well you know, i think gingrich's rise is as much a demand side as a supply side phenomenon. one thing we have seen consistently in this race is there is a big chunk of voters, conservative voters, evangelical voter as john king noted before, who are very leery about nominating mitt romney and cycled through various alternatives to try to stop him. hi mike huckabee, newt, it is closing time now, fredricka. we're a few ways away from the caucus. newt gingrich is there and they're finding i was of lo ini past the previous ideological
problems. this goes to temperament and style. >> thank you very much. ron brownstein good to see you from washington. which republican presidential candidates new strategy includes a plan to, quote, restore trust in washington? the answer in a moment. [ gargling ] oo-ay-ow. savings. savings. savings? progressive was the first to offer online quoting. you can do better. first to show comparison rates. ding! the "name your price" tool. oh! gosh, don't mind if i do. who was the first to offer pet injury coverage? we were. and when did you know you wanted to sell insurance? i said i wouldn't cry. um... whee! it's flo time. now, that's progressive. call or click today.
all right, welcome back to this special hour of the "cnn newsroom." we're taking this time out every sunday to let you hear from the 2012 presidential contenders in their own words out on the campaign trail. republican presidential hopeful jon huntsman skipped last night's debate in iowa and he continues to lag behind in national polls, but he is staking his hopes on a new seven-point plan for restoring trust in washington. here are points. reform the tax code, trim the mounting debt by cutting spending, break up big banks on wall street so no financial entity is too big to fail, adopt an energy strategy, streamline regulations to create more competition in the marketplace, and bring u.s. troops home from afghanistan and create what he calls the citizen legislature act. hunt m huntsman explains what that means.
>> and finally, in order to ensure that government responds to all its citizens with the same level of urgency and fairness, and to lessen the influence of special interests, i will send congress a citizens legislature act. i will propose a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of congress, six two-year terms in the house, two six-year terms in the senate. i will ban members of congress and cabinet officers from lobbying for four years following their departure. i will seek a lifetime ban on members of congress and cabinet officers lobbying on any issue where they had significant responsibility. and i will also require them to publicly release all income, for four years, following their service. >> so it has been a pile it on
attention and attacks. here is cnn's candy crowley with this week's trail mix. >> hey, fred. you know, pile on newt week concluded with a pile on newt debate. not that any of his rivals needed an opening, but gingrich gave them one earlier this week when he talked to the jewish channel about middle east peace. >> i think that we have had an invented palestinian people, who are in fact arabs. >> that remark flies in the face of current u.s. policy, set palestinian representatives in orbit, and got translated in the political universe as an example of newt's propensity for the incendiary. cue mr. steady. >> if i'm president of the united states, i will exercise sobriety, care, stability and make sure that in a setting like this, anything i say that can affect a place with rockets going in, with people dying, i don't do anything that would harm that process. >> not that mitt had an altogether banner evening,
confident that rick perry had his facts wrong, romney, a multimillionaire businessman, offered a friendly and oh, so tone deaf wager. >> rick, i'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> i'm not in the betting business, but i'll -- >> fyi, the median household income for residents of des moines is $44,000. oops. in other debate news, now there are two. newt gingrich and rick santorum are the only ones to say yes to the donald's invitation to a december 27th debate. it was just the teensiest feeling that a debate with the trumpster in charge, might have been, a circus. santorum thinks it may be something else. >> donald trump, i think, would be fairer than a lot of the folks that have been moderating debates over the past few months. >> we're trying not to take that personally. fred? >> all right, thanks so much, candy. all righ