It’s Getting Hot Out There

by Mike on December 21, 2011

in Election 2012,Politics

Newt Gingrich stumbled badly when he complained about the negative ads being run against him in Iowa and asked Mitt Romney to get them taken off the air.  As Rich Lowry reminds us, a campaign is probably not in a good place when a candidate whines about process.  And it was definitely a smart move for Mitt Romney to playfully rub salt in the wound  by reminding Gingrich that it can get hot in the political kitchen.

Tonight, Gingrich stopped the whining and got back on his feet when he did what he probably should have done in the first place and challenged Romney to a one-on-one 90 minute policy debate with no moderator.  If Romney accepts, Gingrich will participate in a well-publicized free media event that plays to his strengths without other viable candidates cluttering the stage.  If Romney declines, Gingrich can play the chicken card.

He should have taken this approach in the first place, but better late than never.

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