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Published: Thursday, Jan. 19 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Hayden, ID

Newt Gingrich is the best qualified, most knowlegeable and has the best ideas to restore this country! Imagine Newt debating Obama! That, would be awesome to behold!

Saint George, UT

Newt? The same Newt who has been married three times, cheats on his wifes and gets kicked out and fined by congress for ethics violations. Yah a real solid man to through your suport behind. NOT!

Salt Lake City, UT

Character is what matters most. Gingrich has shown that he lacks moral strength. Competence to lead and inspire is directly linked to moral strength, since the willingness of others to follow depends so much on their respect for the leader. Technical leadership skills (i.e., debate skill, management techniques, etc.) can be learned or augmented by associating with others who have the knowledge the leader lacks, but moral strength, like the drops of lamp oil of the Ten Virgins, cannot be "borrowed" or feigned.

Hayden, ID

@ mayhem & jazzfan...The best among us learn from their mistakes, overcome their mistakes and move on a better person. Perhaps you are judging Newt a bit harshly? "Let he, who has no sin,first cast a stone". I would rather trust a man who has improved himself, learned life's lesson and overcame his sins than the non-existant mortal who has no sin!

Centerville, UT

But has Newt changed and improved himself? Republicans in Congress who worked with him don't believe so and are overwhelmingly supporting Romney.

Has Newt attempted to make amends to his two former wives? He seems willing to discard others to advance his own career.

And what about his episode with Pelosi on the couch supporting Cap & Trade? Serious lack of judgement. It appears he was trying to follow a popular tide that would give tremendous control and cash flow to government, expanding and strengthening the federal government...hardly a Republican position. Though he now states it to have been a very stupid thing, it still shows tremendous lack of principle and judgement.

Newt is the perfect example of a politician that will say anything and do anything to get what he wants: wives, position, power, money.

I don't trust him. Do you...seriously?

Bountiful, UT

Well now let's see who may have the best chance at beating Obama; not debating him.

Today's Real Clear Politics poll shows the following in a head-to-head matchup:

Obama leads Romney by 1.9%
Obama leads Paul by 5.1%
Obama leads Santorum by 9.5%
Obama leads Gingrich by 11.0%
Obama leads Perry by 13.5%

Translation: Since most Democrats will vote for Obama and most Republicans will vote for the Republican candidate, then the middle ground is the Independents, which account for about 40% of the vote in the coming election. From the above data, it appears Independents (right now) significantly favor the "Massachusetts Moderate" over the "Reagan Conservative" (Newt's words).

The Bottom Line: The most important objective in all this is defeating Obama. You need to beat Obama in the election; not in the debates. You cannot defeat Obama without the majority of Independents voting for your guy. Right now, Romney appears to have the best shot at winning over the majority of Independents, and the RCP polling trends are showing that to be true.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

Newt ani't going anywhere either. The GOP are all done in 2012, their all fired.

One person, one vote is the foundation of our democracy. But two years ago, the Supreme Court decided to test the integrity of that foundation with dynamite - the Citizens United ruling.

The result? A massive flood of shadowy, unregulated corporate money polluting our elections. Led by Karl Rove and his American Crossroads groups, the right wing is using this ruling to spend millions on disgusting attacks against candidates like Sherrod Brown and Elizabeth Warren. If successful, they will take the White House and Senate, meaning complete Republican control of government.

But a group of Democratic senators has introduced an amendment to reverse Citizens United. It would repeal the effects of this terrible ruling and revoke the ability of corporations and Karl Rove to skew the 2012 elections with unregulated cash.

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