Newt Gingrich Frontrunner Status
December 3, 2011 by staff
Newt Gingrich Frontrunner Status, After headlining the Polk County GOP dinner here this evening, a beaming Newt Gingrich said the whirlwind of his newfound frontrunner status was “disorienting” when asked if he was prepared for the change in attention to his campaign in just the last few weeks.
“No, look, I have to confess: This is disorienting, OK?” Gingrich said. “This is such a rapid change that we are having to re-think our own internal operations right now and where we are. I would not have given this speech two weeks ago because it wouldn’t have seemed to make sense for this guy who is an underdog to be up here talking about the totality of the future, but the fact is, given where we are, I think this is the right setting to start saying to people, ‘This is what a Gingrich presidency would look like. This is how really different it would be.’”
During the speech, which received three standing ovations over 45 minutes, Gingrich referred to the lean times during the summer when his campaign was on the ropes, a stunning change to where he stands now, just 33 days from the Iowa caucuses.
“As many of you know, I was supposedly, in June and July, dead, so it is great to be back. And I have to confess that while I was hoping for a wave, we’ve had sort of a tsunami,” Gingrich told the crowd.
The former speaker of the House these days seems to be following Ronald Reagan’s “11th commandment”: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” This evening he stuck to it closely.
When asked by a reporter if he feels like he has to articulate why a Gingrich presidency would be better than one featuring some of his rivals he answered, “No, the American people will decide that.”
Next he was asked if he needed to help them decide. Also a no.
“The American people are really smart,” Gingrich said.
Would he distinguish himself from Mitt Romney? No.
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