Seeking to capitalize on his standing-ovation performance, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich released a television ad
today that includes clips from Monday night’s South Carolina debate.
The ad, which begins airing in South Carolina tonight, features Gingrich declaring during the two-hour debate that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.”
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Gingrich received the only standing ovation of the 15 GOP debates, according to his campaign.
“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,” Gingrich says in the ad.
With only four days to go before Saturday’s do-or-die South Carolina primary, Gingrich is hoping to parlay his debate performance into a late surge to overtake former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, whose showing at the debate has been widely criticized.
The ad also insists that Gingrich is the only GOP candidate who can stand toe-to-toe with Obama in debates, a clear attempt to consolidate the conservative vote around his candidacy.
“Only Newt Gingrich can beat Obama,” a narrator states in the 30-second spot.
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