Let’s get ready to rumble!

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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.

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21 Responses to Let’s get ready to rumble!

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Frankly, I’d rather have Dick Cheney as president. And that’s saying something.

  2. DandyTiger says:

    OT: Had lunch yesterday surrounded by the U. of Alaska women’s basketball team. If I had the money and need, I’d want to hire them as my body guards. A couple of really snobbish, skinny UVA kids were behind them in line and laughed and jokingly said “Alaska has a basketball team?” A couple of the AK women just gave them a look. The idiot kids had their heads down and were quiet the rest of the time.

  3. crawdad says:

    All I want for Christmas is for Sarah to change her mind.

  4. 1539days says:

    Gingrich is an amazing idea man. He is still the man who reversed the party majority of Congress to Republican for the only time in half a century. Whoever wins the nomination should get that guy somewhere on the team. I love the idea of allowing Obama a teleprompter during a debate. I’m at least 40% sure he’d do it, too.

    If Newt’s not allowed to make decisions, he’s an asset.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Newt’s a scumbag.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Newt gives scumbags a bad name. Newt is seriously one of the lowest life forms passing for a human I’ve ever seen. He’s shit all the way through.

      • djmm says:

        I think of Newt more like Saruman than Sauron, but otherwise, I agree with you, Myiq. He should never be allowed near power.


    • fif says:

      I don’t understand why he’s conceding the teleprompter. Make him debate without one–that’s the whole point. Let’s see who has substantive ideas without carefully crafted soundbites. Obama couldn’t do it, as we’ve seen with his 2008 debate performances. Regardless of what you think of Newt’s ideology and motives, he’d make mincemeat of uh-uh-uh-Obama.

      • 1539days says:

        I just like the idea that Obama would want to do it. Then, he would demand TOTUS never be shown on camera. Then the GOP would want the content of the teleprompter displayed in the corner of the screen as it was being read. Sounds like fun to me.

  5. imusthavepie says:

    Newt is a nut. He should be nowhere near power.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Newt will do since I only have a garden gnome and Charles Manson left on my list 😛

  7. bluestate says:

    not a fan of gingrich, but i love the idea, because i am dying to see somebody really challenge obama, really get in his face. mccain disappointed big time.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    The Cain-Gingrich debate was pretty good. Fast 90 minutes, no gotchas, polite and humorous. Repeats on Cspan at 10:30pm EST.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    I stole this from the Hot Air comments, good overview, short and sweet about the debate:

    Both did a great job.


    Both Cain and Newt hit their “tagline” hidelines hard. Lots of memorable quotes from this debate.

    Both showed each other a lot of respect. It wasnt a contest to see who was the best but an honest showing of two guys with great Ideas.

    Down Twinkles.

    Cain needs to give more facts and wing things less. He also punted a couple of times on questions. Leadership isnt saying “I’ll answer that later”

    Newt has to watch his mannerisms. He is very intelligent but book quoting and saying certain phrases too often make him seem repetitive. He is a bit too overly scholarly at times and that loses audiences.

    William Amos on November 5, 2011 at 9:44 PM

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