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Small crowd with lots of fight greets Newt Gingrich in Orlando

Newt Gingrich  arrived 55 minutes late to a sparsely attended event in Orlando, then dropped a planned town hall format after less than 7 minutes of remarks to mingle and pose for pictures.

“My competitor on Tuesday has money power,” Gingrich said, explaining why he was changing the format of the event.

“There’s no question he can raise more money from Wall Street than I can. And he has big institutions pouring money in here. What I want to do is have people power. So I want to chat with each one of you personally.and ask each of you to go out on Facebook and on You tube and on Twitter and email, even by telephone and talk to people face to face.”

Gingrich had billed the event as an Hispanic town hall at the Centro de la Familia Cristiana – Christian Family Center - in Orlando. But only about 60 people showed up, and about 420 of the roughly 480 seats went empty. Hosts twice asked people to move to the front rows and center seats to fill in the hall, as they waited for Gingrich.

He mentioned his call for a “Cuban spring,” and his call to repeal the Dodd-Frank bill.

He mentioned Romney twice – once in the opening about Romney’s campaign money and once to say that Romneycare is the same as Obamacare.

“We have a very big decision in a very short time. I want to ask you to talk to all of ytour friends and neighbors. I have a very simple case. We nominated a moderate in 1996 and we lost. We nominated a moderate in 2008 and we lost. I believe only a solid conservative can debate Barack Obama and win.”

 James Baumann, an accountant from Groveland, supports Gingrich: “If anybody knows how Congress works, knows how the system works, it’s Newt.”

He said that’s important because he wants the next president to be able to repeal the Obama health care law and shrink government.

“He is an intellect, and an independent one,” Baumann said. "He can be tenacious. In the debates. He has proven that tenacity is quality people want. In the early debates, he would say we all get along. That didn’t work.”

Baumann disliked the fact that “Romney reflects the political establishment. He is party line.” He also thinks the fact that Romney's a businessman is no plus.

“I’m a businessman, but I’m not sure that you should run government like a business. Government is not a business,” he said.

-- Steve Thomma

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Charles Purvis

Newt Discusses the Facts and Florida With Greta

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpOg027vWp4&feature=youtu.be

JaneD

Mitt Romney is the man. Newt it the TRUE Washington insider. Romney has both business experience with results and government leadership experience as a popular governor. Newt appears old and tired and despite his claim that only HE can debate Obama, he has shown himself in the debates to be overrated. No one likes an angry, nasty, condescending candidate who constantly flails his arms and finger points and tells everyone in the room that they are wrong.

Mike Dar

/doc/58987915/FBI-Gingrich-Investigation

PVHIII

No matter what happens in Florida Newt is gonna win this election.Florida is just one state and it's so racially deverse it's not a true reflection of America.NEWT STILL LEADS COMFORTABLY IN THE NATIONAL POLL.

reefraft

Newt will win Florida...Romney is a true moderate like Mc Cain that cannot win the elction. We need a fire ball to take on Obama..

marva Lightbourne, chairwomen concerned citizens committee, inc

I feel NEWTron will win... not here though, somewhere else, this is gonna be a "NASTY" race between him & mitt, but it seems newt needs more geritrol or something... he LOOKS TIRED !!!..& HE HAS A LONG WAYS TO GO YET..

SALAH

NO ONE WILL WIN OBAMA..OBAMA WILL WIN AND 4 YEARS TO COME YOU ALL WILL SEE THE CHANGE HE PROMISED..YOU ALLLLLL KNOW WHAT OBAMA GOT 3 YEARS AGO USA IN BIG BIG PROBLEMS..GO OBAMA YOU ARE A WINNER ALL THE WAY...

SALAH

YOU ALL KNOW THAT BUSH PUT WE ALL IN THE WORST PLACE EVER..WE ARE TALKING OF U.S.A. THIS IS A NOT A ISLAND WE ARE TALKING. DO NOT BLAME OBAMA FOR WHAT HE GOT 3 YEARS AGO.NO ONE CAN CHANGE A RATHOLE LEFT IN 3 YEARS NO ONE..SO YOU ALL THINK TWICE,AND VOTE FOR OBAMA..IM 59 YEARS OLD ALLWAYS WAS A REP,BUT I SAW A LOT OF GOOD WILL FROM OUR PRESIDENT SO I WILL VOTE FOR HIM THIS TIME,FIRST TIME A DEM.THANK YOU ALL..

justavoter

If NBC can get people to drink donkey semen then they can manipulate a candidate on television. That's right search on the internet. The media has viciously gone after Gingrich to make him out to be a bad guy. The simple reason the media is going after Gingrich is they know he can beat Obama in November. Since every liberal demcorat news outlet is promoting Romney tells me they know Obama will beat him in the first debate. Yes, Gingrich has some baggage, but not as much as Obama. Gingrich has publicly come out and says he has God for forgiveness and it will be up to the American people to decide if they can trust him. What more can we ask for? I would like to know if Obama had any past girlfriends when he was growing up or I'd like to hear from any of his students he was supposed to have taught in law school. The only thing we get is what Obama's favorite color is, but we can get negative media coverage of Newt Gingrich 24/7. Gingrich is willing to go against the system and make real changes, but with Romney's money and the liberal media's corruption, gingrich's message is being silenced in Florida.

TechGuru

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Romney unloads on Newt
over debates, Freddie work
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Mitt Romney slammed Newt Gingrich for his role working for federal housing agency Freddie Mac [ .... ]

"You know, [ Speaker Gingrich ] is now finding excuses everywhere he can. He’s on TV this morning going from station to station complaining about what he thinks are the reasons he had difficulty here in Florida. But you know we’ve got a president who has a lot of excuses, and the excuses are over, it’s time to produce."
[ .... ]

"... I know how bad housing is here, how tough its been. You know that one quarter of all the foreclosures in America are in Florida? And you know how much home values have gone down.

And one of the greatest contributors to the collapse of housing here and across the country was government, and the intrusion of government into the housing market and the fact that you have Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae guaranteeing mortgages in some cases to people who couldn’t possibly pay them back, that contributed to the kind of crisis you’ve seen here.

And at the time some people were standing up and saying we need to reform the system, Speaker Gingrich was being paid $1.6 million to stand up and do what he did, which is to say these programs should continue the way they are. These institutions are fine.

The people of Florida have had enough of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae and government interference and its time to get back to free market principles."

"So Mr. Speaker, ... Your problem in Florida is that you worked for Freddie Mac at a time that Freddie Mac was not doing the right thing for the American people. And that you were selling influence in Washington at a time when we needed people to stand up for the truth in Washington."

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Romney unloads on 'excuse-making' Newt
over debates, Freddie work

By MAGGIE HABERMAN 1/29/12 Politico.com
POLITICO's Reid Epstein reports:
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www.Politico.com/blogs/burns-haberman/2012/01/romney-unloads-on-excusemaking-newt-over-debates-freddie-112719.html
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