Gingrich: I’d trail Obama around country until he accepts debate challenge
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich promised on Friday evening in Iowa that if he wins his party’s nomination, he will follow President Obama around the country until Obama accepts a challenge to participate in Lincoln-Douglas style debates.
“I promise you, if you will help me on January 3, if I end up as the nominee, in my acceptance speech, if the president has not yet agreed, I will announce from that day forward for the rest of the campaign, the White House will be my scheduler,” Gingrich said. “And wherever the president appears, I will appear four hours later.”
Gingrich said he would challenge Obama to seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates lasting three hours each with no moderator and only a timekeeper. “I will concede that he can use a teleprompter,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich predicted Obama would accept the debate challenge, in part because of wanting to preserve media coverage, but also out of ego.
“How can a Harvard Law Review editor, the greatest orator in the modern Democratic party, admit to being afraid to be on the same platform as a West Georgia college professor?” he asked.
I have despised Newt Gingrinch for almost two decades now and I’m not feeling any warmer towards him now. He lusts for power and he would be far more dangerous than Barack Obama as president. Obama wants to be president so he can enjoy the fame and perks of power. Gingrinch wants to rule the world.
He fought the Big Dawg and the Big Dawg won. I thought his political career was over. Like Sauron, he’s back.
But I have respect for Newt’s abilities. He is the master of the soundbyte. He has an instinctive grasp of how television works, and he knows that a memorable 10 second clip is better than a wonky 10 minute statement.
If the fate of the nation didn’t hang in the balance (we’d be fucked either way) then I would love to watch him debate Teleprompter Jeebus. It would have that epic “Freddy vs. Jason” appeal about it.
BTW – Douglas won the election.