As Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich attempts to rise from the dead yet again, he helped himself substantially with his performance in the GOP debate Wednesday night, Politico
Gone were the rancorous squabbles with his rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Instead, he acted as the adult in the room while Romney and Santorum fought, sticking to issues and attacking the media.
“Newt’s last two outings were disjointed and low-energy,” Rick Wilson, a GOP strategist who is neutral in the presidential race, told Politico. “Tonight was markedly better. He dealt himself back in the game with some of the Newt magic.”
Chip Saltsman, who managed Mike Huckabee’s 2008 campaign, agrees. “He looked relaxed and looked like he was having fun — definitely in his element,” Saltsman told Politico. “I think he would rather be in the fray. But staying above it worked for him tonight.”
Whatever progress Gingrich made in the debate advanced him only against Santorum and not Romney, Wilson said. “Newt doing well now comes out of Santorum’s numbers, not Mitt’s.”
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