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Gingrich Charms Debate Audience

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 11:14 AM

By Dan Weil

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The campaign of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich may not be gaining much traction, but the former House Speaker was able to deliver some lines that the audience enjoyed at the candidate debate in Tampa Monday, Politico reports.

 At one point Gingrich declined to choose sides in the debate between front-runner Rick Perry and his main challenger Mitt Romney over Social Security. “I’m not particularly worried about Gov. Perry or Gov. Romney frightening the American people when President Obama scares them every single day,” Gingrich said. After an extended period of applause, Gingrich joked, “This is eating into my time.”

 When Perry, Romney and Jon Huntsman fought over who had the strongest job creation record, Gingrich again stepped in. “In the four years I was speaker, we created — the American people, not me — created more jobs in Utah than under Gov. Huntsman, more jobs in Massachusetts than Gov. Romney, and more jobs in Texas than in the 11 years of Gov. Perry,” Gingrich said.

 “Now, I don’t claim credit for that because it was done by investors and done — in fact, Mitt at that time, as the private sector, was part of the job creation. But I just wanted to point out that the American people create jobs, not government.”


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