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Gingrich: Romney would become a 'running joke' for skipping Tampa debate

Republican Mitt Romney's apparent refusal to commit to a Tampa Bay Times/National Journal debate in Tampa on Monday is all posture -- at least as far as Newt Gingrich is concerned.

"Romney can’t claim that he’s prepared to debate Obama if he’s not prepared to debate Newt Gingrich. It would become a running joke," Gingrich said. "So I’m confident he’ll be there Monday night."

Gingrich has a stake in the debates. He excels at them. And he just needs to show up. It's called "free media"  -- no need to drop millions of dollars he doesn't have on television ads that move the Florida electorate. Romney has gone the paid route, spending upward of $2.5 million on ads across Florida.

Last night, Romney had a flat performance and Gingrich wowed the crowd in Charleston, S.C.. Afterward, strategist Stuart Stevens told the Washington Examiner that "There are too many of these We have to bring some order to it.  We haven't accepted Florida…It's kind of like a cruise that's gone on too long."

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michael

Of course Mitt wants to run to the hills. As long as you don't ask him tough questions, he loves ya. afterall, he wants to buy the elections. don't ya know its Mitt's turn?
Ask probing questions about Bain Capital and its shady dealings including dealings in IRAN, his ridiculous 15% tax rate, his offshore tax dealings, and his refusal to release his tax returns, and a clear a pattern emerges ---
a individual who thinks he can buy this GOP nomination, no questions asked!

whasup

What is Mitt afraid of?
Sticking another golden spectacle in his own eye?

yo

The media is in the tank for Newt, they know Obama can destroy him in the general much more easily than Romney.

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mark

How can anyone take Newt Gingrich seriously? He can't even take care of his own body. He's gross looking.

concerned floridian

romney can best be exemplified by his childhood "pranks". He once got a ticket for expired tag on his motorboat and was told to turn around and go home. Instead he continued driving the boat and got charged. To get out of charges he threatened officer with false arrest and used his family influence.
Mitt was the driver when a friend was killed in his car during car accident.
Romney used his vulcan grip on Sky Blu (musician) on airplane scuffle.
There is a lot more about this guy that public doesnt yet realize.

SFHarry

If you are depressed with the thought of Newt becoming Pres, you might like to watch my video about his three marriages at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQSsMRe6BJE
There are chickens in it. Everybody loves chickens!
There is a little about Santorum in the end!

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