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Campaigning in the era of YouTube: Newt Gingrich

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 11:58 a.m. MST

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, accompanied by his wife Callista, leave the Tick Tock Restaurant, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich may be one of the candidates with the longest political history, and videos have helped chronicle that history, along with some of the media roasts that have helped boost him in the 2012 race.

For Gingrich, a recent spat with CNN's John King during the last South Carolina debate before the primary may have helped him build enough momentum to defeat Romney in the state.

Jim Koon, a retired phone company worker and part-time truck driver in South Carolina, told the Deseret News that he voted for Gingrich, "the only one who can beat Obama because he can stand toe-to-toe on that podium and out-talk Obama."

Other debate performances include similar encounters.

In a display of how video sharing sites can keep past events alive and relevant, A 1994 CNN video shows Gingrich discussing the original "Contract with America." Gingrich's 1994 speech also includes additional slams against the media. In another video, Gingrich discusses his 21st Century Contract with America.

Other moments from Gingrich's political history also live on, with videos showing Gingrich becoming House Speaker, as well as Gingrich declaring that he wouldn't seek reelection. A 1991 roast of Pat Buchanan shows a different side of Gingrich.

While Gingrich officially announced his candidacy for president on Twitter, his tweet pointed readers to a YouTube video.

In what Politico's Ben Smith calls "possibly the weirdest video of the cycle," Gingrich's campaign team changed the words to a Christmas carol and wished everyone a merry Christmas from "NewtHampshire."

Videos also capture things Gingrich would probably rather forget. For instance, he ranks the climate change advertisement he shot with Nancy Pelosi as "the dumbest thing I've done in the last four years," according to The Hill's Mike O'Brien.

Gingrich has also found himself defending his work for mortgage giant Freddie Mac, along with the estimated $1.6 million he earned there.

Republicans and conservatives also might not approve of past statements Gingrich made saying he's a "Realpolitik Wilsonian" or saying he comes out of the "Theodore Roosevelt La Follette progressive tradition."

Gingrich often brings up his history background, and many videos, like this one, share interviews Gingrich did regarding some of his history work, including a documentary on Ronald Reagan.

The campaign trail also offers myriad opportunities for off-the-cuff interactions with the candidates, capturing different views of the candidates.

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