South Carolina 2012 GOP debate hosted by CNN's John King
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South Carolina GOP CNN debate, Jan. 19, 2012, moderated by John King of CNN.
This debate started with a heated exchange between the moderator, John King, and Speaker Newt Gingrich, regarding Gingrich's former wife accusing Gingrich of adultery.
This heated exchange was covered breathlessly and unremittingly by the mainstream media, who claimed it gave Gingrich his victory in the S.C. primary.
We assume normal voters will forget all about it in a week, but we provide the relevant parts here for political junkies:
JOHN KING: Your ex-wife says that you came to her in 1999, at a time when you were having an affair. She says you asked her to enter into an open marriage. Would you like to take some time to respond to that?
GINGRICH: No--but I will. (Cheers, applause.)
I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office. And I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. (Cheers, applause.)
KING: Is that all you want to say, sir? (Boos, cheers, applause.)
GINGRICH: Every person in here knows personal pain.
Every person in here has had someone close to them go through painful things. To take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine. (Cheers, applause.)
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| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Mitt Romney: Courts added tax-paid abortions to RomneyCare; not me.
Mitt Romney: I had no litmus test for appointing judges, but I'm pro-life.
Mitt Romney: Capitalism works; free enterprise works; & profit works.
Ron Paul: China trade benefits American consumers.
Mitt Romney: End crony capitalism to get Americans back to work.
Newt Gingrich: Create transitional program for returning vets, like in WWII.
Rick Santorum: National right-to-work law yes; Pennsylvania law no.
Ron Paul: FactCheck: Feds paid for 8M WWII vets to attend college.
Ron Paul: National right-to-work law reduces outsourcing.
Mitt Romney: SOPA, as written, restricts the Internet & free speech.
Newt Gingrich: I favor Internet freedom; SOPA favors Hollywood.
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