Gingrich Wants 7 Long Debates With Obama

If nominee, he promises to follow the president until he accepts
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2011 10:37 AM CDT
Newt Gingrich speaks during the Iowa Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich stole the show last night at an important GOP dinner in Iowa, reports Politico. Two notables were missing, however: Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, the state's current front-runners. Still, Gingrich clearly roused the audience more than the rest of the field, including Rick Perry, and one proposal in particular got a big reception: His call for seven three-hour debates with President Obama.

If he becomes the nominee, Gingrich promised to follow Obama all over the country until he agreed to the Lincoln-Douglas-style debates. “From that date forward, for the rest of the campaign, the White House will be my scheduler,” he said. “And wherever the president appears, I will be four hours later.” It's the kind of one-on-one debate he will engage in tonight with Cain in Texas. Organizers tell Yahoo News there will be no mention of the "gossip" related to Cain's sex-harassment allegations. (Click to catch up with yesterday's statement from one of his accusers.)

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