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Beam me up, Newt. Gingrich soars in the Space Coast.

Newt Gingrich drew a standing room only crowd to a hotel ballroom in Cocoa. The doors were shut after about 700 people arrived, a crowd so large that many stood behind the TV cameras, laughing as an emcee told the crowd to take a seat.

Among the fans, Angelo Truglio, 68, a retiree who, when asked who he was voting for, said, "Nuke 'em Newt."

A loyal Republican, Truglio said he's never been a fan of Mitt Romney's -- despite his establishment backing.

"They've been pushing him for so long, I got tired of him," he said. "I like Newt, he's got the fight in him."

He said he wasn't troubled by any of Gingrich's baggage -- including the marriages or the work for Freddie Mac.

"I remember what he did in Congress," he said. "Look at all he accomplished."

Gingrich is delivering a speech heavy on space and acknowledged at the outset to being a space geek: "I'm old enough that I used to read missiles and rockets magazine," he said. He's mentioned Romney just once, to say that Romney has poked fun at him for dreaming big about space.

He pledged to be a president who would deliver "relentless pressure to be faster... more innovative" in the space industry.

"By the end of my second term," he said to laughter and cheers. "We will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American."

"Does that mean I'm a visionary? You betcha," he said to applause.

He noted he was "attacked the other night for being grandiose," and noted that the Wright Brothers dreaming of winged flight were grandiose, as was John F. Kennedy for wanting to get a man on the moon.

"Americans are instinctively grandiose," he said to applause.

-- Lesley Clark

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CT Echo

For those planning to vote for Romney.. you need to look at this..

http://www.kingofbain.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KB_Toys

Teshome

I have tried to understand some of the background of those who are running for the presidency. It seems nothing else matters except a promise by a candidate to turn this economy around. As this is the major issue of our day it is good to nominate a genuine conservative who meant what he says. Character, integrit matters as almost all of the candidates' agree on conservative values. The concentration and the fad for now is on Newt and also on Mitt. These two guys say anything to get elected. After the last CNN debate in SC, Newt said to Anderson Cooper "John King did a good job". ON Fox news he said "Cnn action was dispicable". Newt changed church three time and he has now his third wife. So many individuals advised him to reinvent himself - which he is trying to do. He is well known for his irratic character. Why should we take a risk in the general election by nominating either Mitt or Newt? BHO with his miillions if not billions of dollars coud bring them down due to their political baggages and unlikability. There is on candidate who talked the talk and walked the walk when it comes to conservative values. He is Santorum. His sound economic policy is admired by the Wall Street Journal. Rupert Murdoch of Fox News said "Santorum is the one with big ideas". he sis the one who has a bold economic plan than Romney and others. His emphasis on manufacturing policy is what we need to turn our economy around. Our Country's loss of its manucaturing base is worrisome. We have become a consumer nation. Let us vote for this man of great integrity and character and likability. These factors wth conservative philosophy would be the winner in the general election. Vote for Santourm if we want BHO to be a one term president.

Teshome

I watched Santorum while he was debating on the Senate floor about the sanctity of the family and social values (such as abortion, marriage between a man and a woman, partial birt abortion, welfare reform etc). He got more than 75% of evanlgelical leaders' votes when they met in Houstan Texas. They reached to this conclusion on their third votes after evaluation of all the candidates background. Beside law, political training, santorum has MBA like Mitt. Relatively speaking, he has an impeccable record. Conservatives in SC reacted when CNN brought up about Newt's infidelity (two divorces due to infidelity). The Public's negative reaction towards the left leaning media is a positive step. However, conservatives should not forget about their values. By sympathising for Newt and voting for him, it is unfair to have the genuine conservative - Santorum -penalized. There has to be a balance between our sympathy for a candiadte and conserving our values. Santorum has 7 children and one wife. Because of the mistakes made by both ABC and CNN, let us not forget the moral value behind those questions. remeber his family friendly and manufacturing policies which is very much admired.

Bill Clay

He noted he was "attacked the other night for being grandiose,"

Webster's definition of Grandiose - "absurd exaggeration". Fits Newt to a T.

snakeeyes

Mitt Romney has my vote.

Can't stand this Newt.

Florida must be as backward as North Carolina.

Alex A

lets be confident that either Mitt or Newt will turn this nation around. I much rather have someone who has come to grips with things in the past than have a someone currently in office who has accomplished nothing. Its always easy to criticize someone who has been the focus of change. I definitely put my trust on these two leaders. They have done more good than many others and have the leadership to transform this great country of ours.

gamecocknewt

hey "snakeeyes"...your assessment of mitt vs newt is as incorrect as your inability to know there is a south and north carolina...idiot! Newt Rocks!

Berkley Carter Mills

....LOL//LOL//GO LUCK W/THAT NEUT !!!..YOU REPUBS PUT US 12.8 IN THE HOLE TO BAIL OUT YOUR BUDDIES THE BANKERS/WALLSTREETERS""BLOOMBERG VS FEDERAL RESERVE 12.8 TRIL $$""...JUST GOOGLE IT ...WE PAY 1.2 TRILL$$ A YR INTEREST ON IT !!...AND YOU WANT TO CUT CAP GAIN TAXES TO 0 % AND CORPORATE TAXES...SO NEUT JUST HOW IN HECK R U GONNA PAY FOR A MOON STATION !!!...CAUSE YOU CANT TAX THE POOR AND MC ANOTHER PENNY !!...JUST ANOTHER POLITICAL LIE TO GET VOTES !!..THE SAD PART OF ALL THIS IS !!...HE DOES GET THE VOTES !!!

disgusted taxpayer

Please let Newt be the first one in the moon colony!! He can go now, to take a look.

Americans 4 Truth Not Rhetoric !

Here's some more truth .....

CNN Report on Newt Gingrich's exoneration by the IRS over ethics charges: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... (Highlight, copy, paste and "vuala" ! ) Newt is clean.

Romney Advisor: No Obamacare Repeal | RedState
www.redstate.com

http://www.redstate.com/erick/...

R B Quinn

"By the end of my second term in federal prison ..." that is!

Americans 4 Truth Not Rhetoric !

Here's some more truth .....

CNN Report on Newt Gingrich's exoneration by the IRS over ethics charges:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... (Highlight, copy, paste and "vuala" ! ) Newt is clean.

Romney Advisor: No Obamacare Repeal | RedState
www.redstate.com
http://www.redstate.com/erick/...

Mitt Romney's "Double Standard" ....... Take A Look And Make The Call .....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYpMv8Rz4gw

lmmd

in addition to having a moon base will he also bring gas down to $2 a gallon?

JJ

Does anyone else think that President Obama is paying Newt Gingrich to attack Romney with Democrat type messages?

Joe Btspflk

Wake up, people! Never mind the youtube links. Newt Gingrich is nothing if not a blatant self-promoting opportunist. As a newly hired college professor he submitted an application to become president of the college. When that didn't work, he applied for his department chair's job. Read Elliott Abrams' article in the National Review. He served in the government when Newt was in the House. Newt, who claims to be the only true Reagan conservative gave speech after speech on the House floor criticizing Reagan and saying his policies to put pressure on the Soviet Union wouldn't work! This is a man who has already begun thinking about statehood for moon colonies. As a Congressman he wanted to put mirrors in space to reflect light into darkened inner city neighborhoods as an attempt to reduce crime! Newt is a terrific debater but anybody who has ever served alongside him attests to the fact that he is ERRATIC! Newt Gingrich running against Obama in a general would be a disaster. He might win every debate but Obama will draw more new voters than he did last time just to keep this nut case out of the White House. Obama would destroy Gingrich. Romney will pull the moderates, undecideds and independents which are the key constituencies needed for election.

Joe Btspflk

It's not Gingrich's plan to drill for oil on the moon that worries me. It's the pipeline he's planning to carry it to Earth.

Punk

Newt’s idea of the moon base, if, Newt could link solutions to economic fixes as well as jobs problems of every state with his moon base idea, who knows? This would not work as a program, but, as national inspiration. A call to arms for America and Capitalism. REDIRECT our national issues and solve them with the science and industry we have. It would create new technologies, patents and ideas for our country. This would help in education issues, solve housing and job issues in needed sectors of the United States. Help with immigration due to new educational reform. Old capitalism would rise again through a government program we already own. We reform the national agenda toward space. School will only teach English, math and science...that is it. A good social forward looking idea that was still capitalistic, yet common interest. Amazing practical technology came out of the space program, a lot of it was manufactured by American contractors. It would spur the economy like ww2 did. NASA was small compared to all that corporate money from around the world invested. There is all ready a base plan in the book ....colonies in space –T.A. Heppenheimer.......Would need some rework of course, but, it is only a 300 page read if you have a copy with images.

Curtis Clark

Newt in listening to your interview with Greta on your bus the problem with Washington is they are afraid of you because you have a key to every door!curtis

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