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Gingrich Says He Will Skip Debates if Audiences Can’t Participate, would ask the Commision to change rules on audience silence!

 
Laura Bow
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Gingrich Says He Will Skip Debates if Audiences Can’t Participate

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“I wish in retrospect I’d protested when Brian Williams took them out of it because I think it’s wrong,” Mr. Gingrich said. “And I think he took them out of it because the media is terrified that the audience is going to side with the candidates against the media, which is what they’ve done in every debate.”

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Mr. Gingrich clearly noticed something was off, too. “We’re going to serve notice on future debates,” he told Fox. “The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

More and video at [link to thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com]


“We’re going to serve notice on future debates,” Gingrich told Fox News this morning. “We’re just not going to allow that to happen. That’s wrong. The media doesn’t control free speech. People ought to be allowed to applaud if they want to.”

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UPDATE: I called up the Commission on Presidential Debates, which handles the general election debates, and they confirmed that audience participation has not been allowed in the past in debates, and will not be allowed this cycle either. So, if Gingrich is the GOP nominee, he’ll have to face a silent audience during his debates with the President unless the rules are changed.

UPDATE II: Asked if the Gingrich campaign would ask the Commission to change the rule requiring the audience to be silent if Gingrich became the nominee, Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond e-mails NRO, “Yes, we would. If we have learned one thing it is [that] people, not the media-moderators, pick the winner.”

More at [link to www.nationalreview.com]

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Works well when you pack the audience with inbred hicks who'll clap for whoever promises to bomb them thar muzzies back to where they does came from, yes.
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This sort of reminds me of a kid throwing a tantrum...
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Works well when you pack the audience with inbred hicks who'll clap for whoever promises to bomb them thar muzzies back to where they does came from, yes.
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Most of the people who support fatboy aren't ignorant 'inbred hicks' ... far from it [fatboy himself was a college professor, U.S. Speaker of the House] ... all of which makes them much more insidious.
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LOL Drudge...


FLASHBACK PRESIDENTAL DEBATES 2008:
DEBATE #1: 'Audience here in hall has promised to remain silent, no cheers, no applause, no noise of any kind'...
DEBATE #2: 'Audience here in hall has agreed to be polite, and attentive, no cheering or outbursts'...
DEBATE #3: 'The audience behind me has promised to be quiet'...
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The audience managed to cheer for Ron Paul a couple times.
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Newt's right.

But, didn't he know about that beforehand?

He's a smart cookie...this will get the people even MORE on his side. America loves it when the MSM is put in their place.
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bump
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Had to update this to put Newt's comments regarding him wanting to change the rules if he were the nominee for Republicans, he'd ask the Commission to change the rules regarding audience silence. I guess he just thrives on attention...
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Newt's right.

But, didn't he know about that beforehand?

He's a smart cookie...this will get the people even MORE on his side. America loves it when the MSM is put in their place.
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Not a Chance! Newt is a liar, he cheated on his wife, he will cheat on the taxpayers given the chance....you cannot trust a man who speaks out of both sides of his mouth! He is a sly dog, he is a lobbyist, he is an insider, goes to his friends in congress and gets inside information, then uses that information to enrichen himself.....he lives in his own fantasy land about what TRUTH is...

any man that tells his wife to get an abortion, is a baby killer....any man that would kill a baby is sick in the head!

newt had to step down as speaker of the house, because he embezzled budgets to enrichen himself and got caught.....pelosi knows as well as many in congress....newt is the bottom of the scum barrell...right next to mitt romney who is tied to the hip to bush sr......

rick admitted last night at the debate his father was not born in the USA....therefore rick is not eligibile to be POTUS...I ASK WHERE DOES THE GOP COME UP WITH THESE SCUMBAGS???? Kissenger/Bush sr are running out of butt buddies.....

we need TWO NEW PARTIES....COMPLETELY CLEAN OF THE RIFF RAFF OF KISSENGER AND BUSH...THE SCULL AND BONES KENITES NEED TO BE OUSTED FROM WASHINGTON D.C.....

this election is the end of them....an outsider independent will win...the people are sick of washington d.c. riff raff
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Newt's right.

But, didn't he know about that beforehand?

He's a smart cookie...this will get the people even MORE on his side. America loves it when the MSM is put in their place.
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I'm not sure if this would get people more on his side or not, to me it appears he needs a "cheering section" in order to debate. So then if he does become president, would he then need groupies cheering him on every time he made a decision? Ick.
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Newt's right.

But, didn't he know about that beforehand?

He's a smart cookie...this will get the people even MORE on his side. America loves it when the MSM is put in their place.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1515804


I'm not sure if this would get people more on his side or not, to me it appears he needs a "cheering section" in order to debate. So then if he does become president, would he then need groupies cheering him on every time he made a decision? Ick.
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Newt needs an excuse to get off the stage...his past is so dirty, he can't stand to hear the truth of him...last night he got beat up pretty good.....the truth coming from others is hard to hear in front of an audience....newt needs to bow out...it's only going to be worse ...he is one corrupt dude.
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Newt's right.

But, didn't he know about that beforehand?

He's a smart cookie...this will get the people even MORE on his side. America loves it when the MSM is put in their place.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1515804


I'm not sure if this would get people more on his side or not, to me it appears he needs a "cheering section" in order to debate. So then if he does become president, would he then need groupies cheering him on every time he made a decision? Ick.
 Quoting: Laura Bow


Newt needs an excuse to get off the stage...his past is so dirty, he can't stand to hear the truth of him...last night he got beat up pretty good.....the truth coming from others is hard to hear in front of an audience....newt needs to bow out...it's only going to be worse ...he is one corrupt dude.
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I didn't even watch all of it, but I did see Romney confront him a few times.
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Works well when you pack the audience with inbred hicks who'll clap for whoever promises to bomb them thar muzzies back to where they does came from, yes.
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He'd be in for a big shocker giving a warmongering speech to the general electorate. Fortuantely most Americans aren't all right-wing, chickenhawk inbreds from South Carolina.

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Ron Paul people would drown out and heckle other candidates.

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