Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich bristled when moderators at Wednesday’s debate sought to explore the differences among the GOP presidential candidates on President Obama’s healthcare plan, firing back to Politico’s John Harris: “Well, I’m frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting each other.”
Gingrich’s anti-media theme triggered loud applause in the Ronald Reagan library that was the venue for Wednesday’s debate. His broadside continued a theme that proved successful for Gingrich in the previous debate in Iowa.
“The fact is, you would like to puff this up into some giant thing,” Gingrich complained. “The fact is, every person up here understands Obamacare is a disaster.
“It’s a disaster procedurally -- it was rammed through after they lost Teddy Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, it was written badly, it was never reconciled, it can’t be implemented, it is killing this economy, and if this president had any concern for working Americans, he’d walk in Thursday night and ask us to repeal it, because it is a monstrosity. Every person up here agrees with that.”
That evoked even louder applause.
“And since I still have a little time left, let me just say, I for one and I hope all of my friends up here are going to repudiated every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama, who deserves to be defeated … whoever the nominee is, we are all for defeating Barack Obama,” Gingrich concluded.
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