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this week -- the front-runner. newt gingrich, target of the night at the abc news debate in iowa. taking hits. >> we need people from outside washington, outside of k street. >> and returning fire. >> the only reason you didn't become a career politician is that you lost to teddy kennedy in 1994. under pressure, romney wages big. >> i tell you what, 10,000 bucks. >> but will his gamble backfire? >> and did michele bachmann outplank her the front-runner with her attack. >> newt romney they were for
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obama care principals. newt romney. >> also rick perry gets personal. >> if you cheat your wife you'll cheat on your business partners. >> the abc news debate, a turning minute to this roller-coaster campaign. this morning, complete coverage and our the moderators, george stephanopoulos and diane sawyer. refraction jon huntsman, the other republican in the race. our abc news political team is standing by in iowa to break down the spin. the view of this unpredictable race. good morning, and welcome to the program. we'll have all of the highlights of last night's showdown in the hawkeye state. but some news from your morning papers. iran has announced that it won't return the american surveillance drone now in the hands of the
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country's military. top commander called the drone into iranian air space a hostile act and warned of a bigger response if it happens again. the spy plane was put on display earlier this week and it's considered a drove of sensitive information. in russia, this morning, another day of unprecedented protests against prime minister vladimir putin who wants to become president again. tens of thousands took to the streets yesterday and today crowds numbered in the hundreds. as russians rally against voter fraud and call for putin to step down. and here in the united states, all eyes are on iowa, where six republican presidential candidates did battle in the abc news debate last night. the showdown was the clear highlight of this week in politics. and of course, our man jon karl was there. to take us through the highs and the lows.
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>> reporter: newt begin said that he would stay positive. but when mitt romney said that he was a career politician. >> let's be candid. the only reason you didn't become a career politician is because you lost to teddy kennedy in 1994. >> gingrich took fire from everyone on the stage. >> if you look at newt romney, they were for the $700 billion bailout. you just heard that newt romney is also with obama on the issue of payroll extension. >> we're not clones. i promise. that is not the case. >> the oddest moment of the day. >> you were for individual mandates of the moment. >> you have said that before? $10,000 bet. >> i'm not in a betting business. >> who bets $10,000? >> even before the debate, this
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was the week that gingrich became target number one. ron paul's blistering attack of accusing newt of serial hypocrisy. from the romney soup pac. >> flip flopping on issues. >> reporter: and from romney myself. >> i have been married to the same woman for 42 years. >> reporter: not subtle remainor that dpin grich is the guy who has been married three times. in iowa, it comes down to the ground game. how is that looking? evidence that romney isn't taking off here in iowa, his iowa state headquarters they won't let us in. but looking in, there's nothing doing. over at gingrich headquarters we found them still setting up. where's the energy? with ron paul. his office is smaller but buzzing with activity. with president obama he took the
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stage with a speech in kansas. >> it's great to be back in the state of texas -- uh-oh. state of kansas. >> reporter: he was at no loss of words when asked to respond to republicans who said that he appeases american enemies. >> appeasement. >> appeasement strategy. >> ask osama bin laden and the 22 out of 30 top al qaeda leaders who have been taken off the field whether i engage in appeasement. trending, newt up. he's peaking at just the right time. donald trump, he offers to host a debate and almost all of the candidates turn him down. rick perry down. another oops. who was that security justice? >> uh, not sotomayor. >> sotomayor. >> bachmann, up. the debate her best day since
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the ames straw poll. >> those hoping for gingrich to implode last night, sorely debated. christiane, he emerged unscathed. >> jon, thanks. we'll be back with us in a moment right now, let's bring in the moderators of last night's debate. diane czar and george stephanopoulos. good to see you both of you this morning. diane, viewers were expecting a rumble, how do you think it stacked up in the fisticuffs. >> i think they came to engaged. as jon was saying it was gingrich who was in the testing zone last night. george told me that the dnc this morning, have already decided to target him. >> first time they have done that. they're out there trying to
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define him before mitt romney. he has a legitimate shot at being the nominee. >> the big question, how was mitt romney going to deal with the front-runner newt gingrich who has stormed by him. george, you opened the door a little bit for him. let's watch how he handled >> it speaker gingrich crystallized his argument, he said i quote, i'm a lot more consecutive than romney and lot more electable than anyone else. >> of course, i don't agree with that. i don't think most people agree with that. places where we disagree, let's see, we can start with his idea to have a lunar colony that will mine minerals from the moon. i'm not in favor of spending that kind of money to do that. he said that he would like to eliminate in some cases the child labor laws so that the
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kids could clean schools, i don't agree with that. his plan on capital gains. is different mine. i would eliminate capital gains for people in the middle income. we have differences on some issues. the real difference, i believe is our backgrounds. i spent my life in the private sector. >> i'm proud of trying to find things to give young people a reason to study math, sciencened technology. some time in their lifetime, they can dream of going to the moon, and mars. young people need to learn how to work. finally -- >> so, george, how do you think mitt romney measured up in this sort of aggressive tactics that people talked about? how did they both measure up against each other? >> i was little surprised right there at the top. i thought that governor romney wasn't going to hesitate at all
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in trying to draw these distinctions between himself and newt gingrich. he was ready to take on the front-runner with the momentum, he seemed to be struck between trying to draw the differences, also be the grown-up, sober, likable guy on the stage and so he finally did lay out those differences, but that led to that pretty devastating comeback to speaker gingrich. overall, i think that, you know, gingrich, clearly, because this was the first time that he was in hot seat as the front-runner handled himself very well. no attacks drew some blood. overall, mitt romney actually had a pretty decent debate. engaged with gingrich on this whole area of whether palestinians are invented people. the moment that certain going to remember out of this debate is
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that $10,000 debate. interesting to see how that romney team handles that. >> you know, i could see speaker gingrich looking down and making his notes during governor romney's first verse yal challenge to him. he had on the podium note from his grand kids. the first one smile and the second one said keep it short. >> that was the most important thing for speaker gingrich last night. he knew that everyone was going to be watching to see if he would blow his top, lose his cool, that did not happen last night. another reason why he had such a strong debate. during one of the commercial breaks, he came up and talked to diane and me. he said, what was most interesting, he said, i think certain having a good debate, a solid debate tonight. the fact that he could pull back
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and get back to that statesman feeling again, really helped him. >> you could actually see, you could see a lot of wings, nods and smiles. particularly at you two, as well. let me ask you, diane, about michele bachmann, she came out pretty powerfully, her whole newt romney mantra was quite interesting. do you think, there are so few victorious from iowa, did she do what she had to do? >> as you know, she stays concerted. she stays on her point and she stays pretty fearless in these debates. i was struck by something else, on the question of the payroll tax cut, if it lapses would ensure most american working families have to pay an extra $1,000 in taxes she's in favor
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of letting it lapses. because she says it doesn't work. instead of breaking away from that, she came right into it and defended her position, something that's untenable in these economic times. we're used to the long-winded approach. instead she went straight to -- >> she tried to try those for the extension, romney and gingrich and ron paul, as allies of president obama. which in the republican party is ultimately the kiss of death. >> anyone can say, mission accomplished? we have seen the polls. we know that gingrich is ahead of mitt romney. romney and ron paul in a tie? about two-thirds according to a "new york times" poll, those who plan to attend the iowa caucus say they haven't made up their minds. >> from last night, no question, that gingrich had mission accomplished. he has one more debate.
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23 days to go, as diane said. nothing happened last night that would stop his momentum. nothing that we saw right now, i think he also effectively handled the question that's on the minds of iowa voters, is is the question of his marriage. redemption. i think that helped him last night. michele bachmann, i think she accomplished what. no one, i guess with the exception of romney, we'll have to see how this bet plays out. we'll have to see whether the three, bachmann, santorum or perry, which one of them really starts to galvanize the conservative support to jump into that top tier? >> ron paul is there. >> diane, few you, what was the take-away the most revealing moment for you? >> the vitality on the stage.
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we said at the beginning the marathon run that it is to run for president. they have great immune systems. someone is coughing into the debate. they came out ready and they have been on the trial trail for a long time. i think you can't always experience on television just the sheer physical vitality of all of these candidate and lot of energy in the room last night. i think both diane and i were surprised, it must have felt differently on television than in the room on how that whole bet exchange took off online. in some ways, governor romney was so aggressive with it. it seemed like it might have been a strong moment. that $10,000 moment online really popped. >> thank you very much indeed. see you all later. up next, the man who wasn't there, jon huntsman joins us
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six kjds faced off in des moines last night. but jon huntsman wasn't one of them. he entered this campaign we nor mouse fanfare. iowa isn't part of the huntsman strategy, he has put all of his fighting power into new hampshire. he joins this morning from manchester. thank you for joining us. let me quickly ask you, who do you think won on the stage last night? >> well, christiane, thank you for having me, first and foremost. i think with respect to last night, all i can say, with all due to respect to your terrific
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network, i was delighted to be here in new hampshire having a town hall meeting. we four town hall meetings today. we have debate with newt gingrich on monday. this state is incredibly important for us. on the debate stage last night, the most important issue of all confronting the american people wasn't even touched upon the deficit of trust in the united states. it played right into the trust deficit. nobody trusts congress anymore. we need term limits in congress. we need to close the evolving doors. no one has trust toward the executive branch. no one trusts wall street, with banks that are too big to fail. issues that are most sal yent in our political dialogue today weren't touched upon last night. >> how do you explain the phenomenal rise of newt gingrich? you say people don't have trust, he seems to be speaking to republican voters in a way that
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you aren't, for instance. >> well, listen, there have been so many you ups and downs in this race. i'm getting whiplashed quite frankly. six front-runners in the span of six months. having spent a whole lot of time in new hampshire, we have had 116 public events in this state. the voters will begin to coalesce around a candidate 16 days out. all i can say, christiane, the two messages that we're delivering to the people here on the ground the economic deficit which is the cancer mes tiezing in this country and one is a national security problem and the trust deficit the two biggest issues that we face today. they're signing up after the town hall meetings. i feel very good about their trajectory here in this great state. this state upends conventional
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wisdom. >> people are trying to figure out how you're going to really break out, you're at the bottom of the pack, despite the fact that some independents, in new hampshire call you the sanest one running. our george will said that you deserve a second look from conservatives. "new york times" calls you the mosting electable conservative remaining in the race. your offers doesn't seem to be resonating. newt gingrich, in your face against obama is what's resonating. >> christiane, we're doing better in new hampshire than half of those people on that stage last night. if you look at the polls. we're going anywhere but up. our messages are working. people want to know if they're going to have a president that's going to call for term limits for congress. take on fwhanks are too big to
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fail. it doesn't matter if we fix taxes or create a more steam line regulatory environment, a guarantee by the taxpayers, we're setting up ourselves for disaster. in the weeks ahead, do i believe that we're going to move up right toward the top of the pack. understanding full well that people don't make decisions until days out in this case january 10th. i like our position. they want an honest, honorable, trust-worthy person in this race. we're putting ourselves forward as that person. >> i want to put up a graphic, because, again, talking about new hampshire, we're back in fourth place. tell me on honestly, where you have to come in order to stay in the race? >> we have to beat market
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expectations, christiane. >> where is that, second or third? >> i'm not going to play the numbers game. but we're going to be right up toward the top. we have done nothing but climb in every poll since we entered this market and our message is connecting with people. i can feel it on the ground. i have a very good visceral sense of where this campaign is going. we're going to surprise and upend conventional wisdom. >> all right, let me ask you where the campaign is going. i read a few comments from one who called you the sanest one still running. it appears that you're reversing some of your positions. on climate change, you tweeted i believe in evolution, i trust scientists on global warming. you have been tweeted, jabbing at the base. last week, you rolled that bit
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back on climate change. claiming there isn't enough science. what are you doing. >> christiane, i'm not changing at all. i have said all along, i put my faith and trust in science. they have weighed in on a body of research on the subject matter. that's write put my trust. 1% of scientists who still are questioning some of those assumptions and that debate will continue. for me, let me make it clear, i'm on the side of science in this debate. i think this is a discussion that needs to be taken out of the political lane and kept in the science lane. >> one more question, you have said that you will endorse and support whoever's the nominee, if it is newt gingrich, will he get your endorsement?
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>> well, listen, i don't have to worry about that, because we're moving up in this great state of new hampshire, we're going to be the nominee, i don't have to worry about anything beyond that. >> jon huntsman, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, christiane. up next, the debate remark that sent the twitter-verse on fire. how they're responding to mitt romney's big bet. e hardest trann as you get further into the military is... you know it's going to end one day. chase hired me to be a personal banker. i'm a business analyst... manager. i'm very proud to work for chase. when you hire a veteran, you get... great leadership... decisiveness... focus. chase knows, when you hire a veteran, you're hiring america's best. chase is proud to help 100,000 veterans find jobs at home.
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even as the candidates sparred on stage at last night's debate, social media was exploding with real-time reaction. to take the pulse of the twitter, we teamed one blue fin
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lab a social tv agnat call, they found these animations powered by blue fin lab. look at all of the tweets about the debate. some 236,000 of them. which candidate got the most mentions? mitt romney, with 25%. it was largely brought on by this moment. watch. >> you know, i'm just saying. you were for individual mandates. my friend. >> you know what, you have raised that before, rick -- i'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks. $10,000 bet. >> i'm not in the betting business. >> that moment triggered a tweet frenzy. this graph shows the volume of debate commentary on twitter, you can see the spike in yellow when romney made that bet.
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you can see how that was retweeted far and wide. and so that's thousand romney bet reverberate online. how kit play in the debate hall and how it will play on the campaign trail? i want to bring in our abc news team in des moines. jake tapper, senior political correspondent jon karl and the intrend john berman. john berman first, i bet that is the moment that mitt romney and his team want to take bet, i assume. how is it playing in the spin room? >> well the morning, the romney campaign is saying it wasn't a gaffe. they're saying number one, mitt romney was right. rick perry was misquoting romney's comments in his book. the second spin that the romney campaign is giving me, it's only the democrats who are making a
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big deal out of this 10,000 bet. it just proves so says the romney campaign that the democrats are obsess with the mitt romney and romney is the most electable candidate. it may be a tough sale. it may not be a good thing that romney was engaging with rick perry in the first place there. it brings mitt romney down a little bit >> it's a good thing. jake s that right? just the democrats or other republicans who are now trying to capitalize on it? do you think too much attention being paid to that bet comment? >> well, probably in the scheme of all that matters of import that were debated last night, it's probably getting a little bit more than its fair share of attention. i agree with the romney's campaign argument that the democrats are most focused on him. because, they consider him the biggest threat to the re-election of president obama.
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there's no question about that fact. the democrats put out a web video today, attacking newt gingrich the only problem is, it basically -- it calls gingrich a three decade of tea party politics. it could help gingrich in the republican primary. the argument, of course, they would rather -- democrats would rather face newt gingrich than face mitt romney. i think that's a valiant argument. one thing about the 10,000 bet. i should fully disclose, one time i was interview the chairman of the democrating the national committee, he said that the democrats were going to hold the house. i too offered a 10,000 bet to him, he did not take it. i knew what was going through his romney's head. >> you would have won the bet. >> my point was, i knew that i was right. for $10,000 on the line.
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i think romney was trying to do. obviously, it doesn't -- >> it's a rhetorical flourish, so to speak in the betting world. jon, the spotlight was on newt gingrich, can he keep his cool, is he going to say something strange? is he going to, you know, lose it? how did he stack up last night? >> well the first thing, he didn't bet anybody $10,000. look -- >> he has it, though. >> especially after all of those messages. the thing that newt gingrich has going for, in the debates last night, he looked like the one that was the look, romney needs to have his boot to gingrich's throat. he needs to show that gingrich isn't tempally fit to be president. but gingrich was the most steady.
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>> christiane, there's a lot to attack about the gingrich record. but, attack that romney leveled against him yesterday, was really poorly done. he could have gone after him on any number of policy issues including gingrich assailing of the paul ryan plan for medicare. instead he just recited a litany of list and gingrich just shot them down one after another. that said, when i went back out to the car after the debate, this was on my windshield. this is an attack flyer. of what gingrich will face over the next 23 days here in iowa. >> that's kind of been going on since he zoomed to the front-runner. let's play another moment from the debate. >> do you think a candidate that
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breaks his marital vows will break faith in american voters? >> if you will cheat on your spouse, why wouldn't you cheat on your business partner? >> i think character issues do count. i think all of your record, personal as well as political record is there for the public to look at. i would not say it's a disqualifier. i wouldn't go that far. >> i think people have to render judgment. in my case, i have said up front, openly, i have made mistakes at time. i have had to god for forgiveness. but i'm also a 68-year-old grandfather. >> john, obviously, newt gingrich was prepared for that. do you he diffused the issue? how in a state that's socially conservative people seem to be rallying around a candidate with these kind of issues?
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john? >> it was an uncomfortable moment when they were going down the line of marital infidelity. secretly and not so secretly, i think newt was thrilled it was asked. this was a very strong moment, i think, for newt gingrich. i think the social conservatives here in iowa who might care about, already do care about it or they have decided they don't. they're making the decision based on a number of different things. these debates seem to be looking at this than any other. they might be willing to look beyond this other issue. >> jon karl, probably the only one who sort of made gingrich really squirm a little bit was ron paul particularly when he talked about the money and this and that. he had a strong night on that
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stage. he has the money and the organization, could he pull off an upset? ron paul? >> yes. ron paul can win in iowa. look, ron paul is the campaign here in the iowa that has the most energy. you saw it, you know, in my opening piece, i went to all of the headquarters. the only one buzzing with activity is ron paul's. you're not seeing at romney's events or at gingrich's events. but you're seeing huge crowds for ron paul's. >> there was a key piece of spin from the romney campaign at the debate last night they went out of their way to say that ron paul had a great night. they're saying as if, it's not going well for us it better not be newt gingrich, better be ron paul. >> ron paul has a very energized, roughly 20% of the
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republican base. after that, not just the 80% don't like him that much, they disagree with him. he's a pure consistent libertarian. >> but that 20% is going to show up in the caucus. >> and mitt romney will be driving them to the polls. >> again, according to the "new york times" two-thirds who say they're going to go to the iowa caucuses have said they haven't made up their minds. >> two social conservatives, rick perry and michele bachmann d they break out? >> i think they had decent nights. particularly with michele bachmann. the question for them, over the next 23 days, can they have been seen as credible? if their support starts to rise or a poll that comes out either perry or bachmann is rising in the polls could be a contender.
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the support here for gingrich at least according to eyians, they like him. they like his ideas. they don't like his personal life. they don't like the baggage that comes with it. or the luggage that he brings with him as one iowan put it. that could ultimately undercut him. >> all right, gentlemen, thank you very much indeed for joining us. up next -- what made mitt romney declare that he's not a bomb thrower, the most fiery exchange of last night's debate is coming up next and george will and the roundtable are here to discuss the debate endgame with the iowa caucus just 23 days away. on in years. all because so many people wanted to visit us... in louisiana. they came to see us in florida... nice try, they came to hang out with us in alabama... once folks heard mississippi had the welcome sign out,
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last night's abc debate in des moines, iowa, for the candidates on that stage, time is running short. the iowa caucus is just around the corner. a time when the political word goes into hib ration near christmas. let's bring in our roundtable. george will, republican strategist leslie sanchez. and katy obradovich. did last night change the dynamic in the race >> it reinforced it in that we have a solid front-runner in newt gingrich. it comes down to this right now w the clock ticking and as you say, favoring newt gingrich, he was a shooting star in this town, the most prominent republican from 1994 to 1998 to that point he was the most disliked politician in america.
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mitt romney said that he's the most electable. i refer people to the weekly standard today, that says mitt romney has been in 22 contested elections, not counting caucuses. primaries and general elections. he's won five and lost 17. >> and yet, you george have been saying that they should give a jon huntsman serious, second look, you're not happy that gingrich is as you say is the solid front-runner. >> i don't have a dog in this fight. i have a wife in this fight. i do think that, in fact, if the clock allows enough time and the republican rules have been changed, people are going to have to say we may need a third candidate. >> let me ask you, donna, what do you think mitt romney is thinking this morning. >> we had foot in his mouth
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moment with that wager. after making that comment about payroll tax cuts. as a band aid. mitt romney's problem is mitt romney doesn't know how to transition himself from a general election strategy to trying to appeal to the so-called self-identified christian conservatives in the state of iowa. his other problem, of course, he doesn't have a big organization on the ground. he's trying to play catch-up. ron paul has an organization. and george and i were talking in the green room, if there's a foot of snow and you have to get your people to the 16th precinct, guess what, ron paul will have a driver to bring you to those press singts. kathy what donna just said, do all of the indicators favor ron paul in iowa right now?
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>> ron paul has a very strong campaign in iowa. you have to remember he has the experience of having come in, in fifth place in iowa caucuses four years ago, his campaign never really went away, he kept a presence in the state for these last four years, he had a key person on the republican committee. ron paul has energized new caucus goers. he energizes young caucus goers. typically those are not the most reliable people to go to the caucuses. you want people who are veteran of the caucuses 65-plus is usually the demographic that you want. ron paul can energize those people but inspire a lot of loyalty. he's in a very good place. i won't discount, though, mitt romney's organization, he has an experienced crew. >> let me ask you about
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responding to donna, what he said about george bush, silver foot in his mouth, that bet, how is that going to play in iowa? >> i think that mitt romney made a mistake there, it was a false note, it's an indicator to people that he's not quite like us, the average median income in iowa is less than $50,000 a year. so, a bet like that -- even though it was an off the cuff sting, it's a false notes. and because mitt romney hasn't been here, campaigned here in person, he's not made a personal connection with the iowans. that matters. >> newt gingrich, solid front-runner, good for your party? does he have the organization to turn into a win in iowa? >> the organization, lot of people will say it's not there.
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we don't know. still that soft level support? if you go back to the newt gingrich in the 1990s, the only true revolutionary that's what he harkened to. he took on bill clinton at the height of his popularity. telecommunications, he battled on. truth in sentencing. lot of things and markers and milestones that he's using now that to say that he's the revolutionary candidate. >> do you think that despite their records of winning and losing, mitt romney and newt gingrich, that gingrich may not be electable against obama? >> there's a strong possibility that he'll do the foote in mouth disease that we see with other contenders. it's a long road to get to next november. he speaks his mind. it's not so eloquent. and very abrasive tone.
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>> mitt romney has another problem, he might be in a positi position, howard dean came in and surged to the top in 1994. he raised his own well doing it, john kerry went up right the middle. your third candidate. >> talking about some of the things that newt gingrich said, we're all focusing bass he's the front-runner, we want to know how this plays out. he says some pretty alarming things. he said this week that palestinians were invented people. it came up last night in the did bait. >> do you agree with that characterization that palestinians are invented people. >> no. i don't agree with that. i think that's stirring up problems. >> is what i said historically true? yes.
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someone should tell the truth. these people are terrorists. they teach terrorism in their schools. enough lying with the middle east. >> i agree with most of what the speaker said. except about invented people. i don't think we want to -- >> no, he didn't want to take it back. he ratcheted it up. he called the whole palestinian people terrorists. so do you think, that this is going to be a problem for him as he goes forward? these kind of statements. he's out of step not only with the israeli leadership the u.s. leadership, but everyone on this issue? >> i'm not sure this will hurt him, what all people take away from that, he's read his history
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and that's fun. it reinforces his position. >> no, it's pandering. it's panned rance. more of a third of the caucus goers christian evangelicals. they're very supportive of israel. newt gingrich understands while historically, maybe incorrect diplomatically, this is about pandering to that base. >> it's historically incorrect. in the 1800s, they were called the palestinians. the point is, that kind of brashness, conviction, is playing, is playing, isn't that a worry, for instance, for your party? >> if he didn't have 35 years of carry-on luggage as well as stored luggage, he was remorseful last night. i think he did a good job. he showed that last night, if you can take a punch, he can give a punch. but he brings a lot of baggage.
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the republicans want someone who can beat president obama and newt gingrich can beat president bom. >> michele bachmann had a strong night. he did the whole newt romney mantra, she's trying to play to the social conservatives, is it too late for her comeback? >> michele bachmann can come back, but she needs some pretty extraordinary things to happen in the next few weeks, she basically has to unite the religious conservatives, she's got to income out rick perry, rick santorum who has spent more time in iowa than anyone else. she has the convince the religious congress conservatives that newt gingrich is not the guy. in fact, gingrich is drawing substantial support from religious conservatives. but there -- he has enemies.
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the baggage, those kind of things don't play well with certain evangelical groups that would like to promote someone else. those groups along with religious conservatives can't decide who they like better. in the absence -- if michele bachmann is that person, she could do well. she hasn't done it so well. >> some of the interesting wrinkles out there, you tacked about how the e evangelicals they want to defend israel, that damages ron paul who doesn't want to defend anyone. ron paul got more contributions from active duty military than the other republican candidates combined. >> look, ron paul won one southern county in the 2008 caucuses. 119,000 people showed up. if ron paul can enlarge the
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electorate, the x factor that night. >> we know that ron paul's caucus goers aren't going to be decision sueded in terms of other candidates. i want to go back to bachmann. but tying herself to cain did not help. >> is jon huntsman going to do well in new hampshire? >> it's going to be hard. >> bachmann needs come in fourth place. she doesn't have to win. >> this conversation will continue in the green room. we'll have that of course on abcnews.com/thisweek. coming up next -- the sunday funnies and a look at what you can expect next week in politics.
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and now, the sunday funnies. they say that newt is tremendous negotiate toir, tremendous debater, of course he's got three ex-wives. >> herman cain defended his campaign. that is a shame. he touched so many people. a reporter for fox news said that he saw the new muppet movie
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and he found it to be left-wing communist propaganda, i think he may have a point. >> well, all righty! ♪ >> animal. >> yeah? >> it's stallin's drumstick. >> and now for a look at what's on tap next week in politics. mitt romney heads back to new hampshire today. stumping there all week to try to hold on to his lead in the first in the nation primary. on monday, jon huntsman steps into newt gingrich's front-runner spotlight joining him for a lincoln/douglas-style debate. ricky perry kicks off a multicity bus tour in iowa. and on thursday, all of the gop candidates meet again for a fox
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