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Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:49 AM

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

Mr. Gingrich, a former House speaker, on Tuesday morning threatened not participate in any future debates with audiences that have been instructed to be silent. That was the case on Monday, when Brian Williams of NBC News asked the audience of about 500 people who assembled for a debate in Tampa to hold their applause until the commercial breaks.

In an interview with the morning show “Fox and Friends,” Mr. Gingrich said NBC’s rules amounted to stifling free speech. In what has become a standard line of attack for his anti-establishment campaign, Mr. Gingrich blamed the media for trying to silence a dissenting point of view.

“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.”



Link: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/24/gingrich-says-he-will-skip-debates-if-audiences-cant-participate/

Newton didn't do well last night. Maybe he is unsure of himself without audience feedback? Fascinating and good to know!

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Reply Gingrich Says He Will Skip Debates if Audiences Can’t Participate (Original post)
apples and oranges Jan 2012 OP
democrat_patriot Jan 2012 #1
southernyankeebelle Jan 2012 #2
leftynyc Jan 2012 #3
jberryhill Jan 2012 #11
tallahasseedem Jan 2012 #30
one_voice Jan 2012 #4
Little Star Jan 2012 #5
Cognitive_Resonance Jan 2012 #6
apples and oranges Jan 2012 #19
99Forever Jan 2012 #7
pipi_k Jan 2012 #18
Happyhippychick Jan 2012 #8
Enrique Jan 2012 #9
dmr Jan 2012 #35
gkhouston Jan 2012 #44
Spazito Jan 2012 #10
Bok_Tukalo Jan 2012 #12
mopinko Jan 2012 #13
pipi_k Jan 2012 #14
jberryhill Jan 2012 #15
itsrobert Jan 2012 #16
rocktivity Jan 2012 #28
itsrobert Jan 2012 #38
Liberal Veteran Jan 2012 #17
pipi_k Jan 2012 #21
Renew Deal Jan 2012 #20
WI_DEM Jan 2012 #22
sinkingfeeling Jan 2012 #23
Proud Liberal Dem Jan 2012 #24
KharmaTrain Jan 2012 #25
snagglepuss Jan 2012 #34
marmar Jan 2012 #26
Arkansas Granny Jan 2012 #27
NYC Liberal Jan 2012 #29
Brother Buzz Jan 2012 #32
muriel_volestrangler Jan 2012 #31
mfcorey1 Jan 2012 #33
Douglas Carpenter Jan 2012 #36
demtenjeep Jan 2012 #37
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EC Jan 2012 #40
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tallahasseedem Jan 2012 #42
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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:51 AM

1. Fine. Skip the rest of the debates.


100% chance of a loss.

He won't skip the debates. I hope the media (not Fox) calls his bluff.

Or only Democrats are allowed in the audience :>

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:52 AM

2. Big mouth isn't going to sit it out. Oh no because he loves the attention. I hope the continue

 

this root. We sure don't need this kind of behavior during the general election. It is disguisting.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:53 AM

3. Fine - fill the audience with Democrats

and then see how he likes audience participation.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:58 AM

11. +1

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:31 AM

30. I would pay a lot (well, as much as I could)

to be there to exercise my "free speech."

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:53 AM

4. Fucking baby...

no one to chew on the red meat he throws, so he's gonna take his nastiness and go home.

He needs the crowds worship to overshadow the fact he's a has been.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:53 AM

5. Don't let the door hit ya! n/t

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:55 AM

6. His lifeblood is the optics of the angry mob. nt

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Response to Cognitive_Resonance (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:02 AM

19. This. Although, I'll admit, I missed seeing the angry mob

Their reactions are very telling.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:55 AM

7. Oh noes!

Not that empty threat!

Whatever will we do?


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Response to 99Forever (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:02 AM

18. Depressing, isn't it...

I mean, we literally have nothing left to live for...




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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:55 AM

8. Newt Gingrich = the Jerry Springer candidate

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:57 AM

9. if he becomes president, is he going to showboat like this constantly?

make demands of the press, make demands of foreign leaders, cancel meetings, make big huge deals out of nothing, all throughout his presidency?

:GodForbid:

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Response to Enrique (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:29 PM

35. And done't forget, rationalize the shit out of everything because everyone else is to blame.

I can't stand to hear his voice.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:39 PM

44. Count on it. It's an ingrained part of his personality, not just an election-season ploy. n/t

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:57 AM

10. Awwww, poor baby...

Whiny POS.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:59 AM

12. He missed his opportunity to whinge on about the Media last night

Just making up for it.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:59 AM

13. typical bully. nothing without his crew. nt

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:59 AM

14. Oh wow...

so how old is he again?

Two? He wants a cookie and a huge "Good boy!!!" each time he makes a poo in the potty instead of in his pants?



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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 10:59 AM

15. Newt's idea of audience participation....

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:00 AM

16. I think he has a point

I don't like him, but playing to the audience has been his bread and butter. Did the Romney campaign put NBC up to it?

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Response to itsrobert (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:21 AM

28. But the audience doesn't end with the one in the studio

the whole point of televising the debate is that EVERYONE can be member of the audience. And if the participants can't play upon the reactions of the people outside the studio, I think it's fair that the studio audience should be asked to hold theirs.


rocktivity

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #28)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:32 PM

38. It is fair, but is it also fair to change rules from one debate to another

Or enforce the "rules" differently? Newt was being helped when playing to the crowds. The Romney campaign most likely put their foot down on this.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:01 AM

17. If we are talking about Rocky Horror Picture Show type, I'm for it!

That would be epic.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:07 AM

21. hahahhaha!!! Some items

I would bring...

Rotting meat...used TP...teenagers' filthy gym socks...moldy bread...squirt guns filled with cat urine...

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:05 AM

20. OK, don't show up.

I'm not sure anyone would mind.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:08 AM

22. NBC debate and Brian Williams was pretty boring.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:08 AM

23. Please do.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:09 AM

24. I guess he needs to have a mob or "hate pit"

in order to communicate his "well-reasoned" and "intelligent" thoughts?

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:10 AM

25. Yep...Gnewt Can't Have Debates Like Democrats Do...

I was at one of the 2008 campaign forums. The moderators instructed us not to show any favoritism of one candidate or another...give all the candidates their chance to speak and to remain silent until the debate concluded. What Cadrich wants is a Nuremberg rally...

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:24 PM

34. "What Cadrich wants is a Nuremberg rally..."





Spot on






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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:10 AM

26. Gingrich, Man of the People.




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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:13 AM

27. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember that the audience

was asked to remain silent during the Presidential debates in 2008. Isn't that pretty standard?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:25 AM

29. But not the primary debates.

I have to admit that I like the audience feedback.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:37 AM

32. Totaly silent audience was the standard back in my day

All the cat calls and inappropriate applauding is alien to my world of civility. It's like the pubs chose to turn the 'debates' into a demented reality show.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:35 AM

31. so he's a self-admitted rabble-rouser

Not what you want in a president.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 11:38 AM

33. Without the false bravado he is nothing. Don't budge. Debate without him and watch him lose votes.

Tantrum throing misfit.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM

36. a bully always needs an audiance to play off of

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:31 PM

37. whiney, petulant baby

piece of shit scumbag

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:41 PM

39. Newtie governs and debates in one liners

his followers listen, think in, and respond to one liners.

His ego is assuaged only by the responses to his one liners.

It's all pretty simply to figure out why he MUST have his needs satisfied by audience feedback.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 12:51 PM

40. Who cares?

The debate was better without the audience and he can't get the momentum he needs from the audience cheering him on. When he's going to be mean or untruthful, he needs the crowd to back him up and when they aren't allowed to be noisy or responsive, he's left on his own without any ignorant backing...so what do you know...he stays quiet. I think he knows when he's being dishonest and without the crowd backing him up, he knows he'll be called out.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:02 PM

41. The truth revealed

He's not that good. The cheering, slobbering , screaming audience has the same psychological effect as the laugh track on a sitcom, which is meant to make people think a one liner was funnier than it actually was.

Without the audience response making people think he's better at debate than he actually is, his performance falls pretty flat...

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:16 PM

42. That's because he is nothing more than a stand-up comedian.

Well maybe not, they need actual talent.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 01:36 PM

43. Go ahead, Newt.

I double-dog dare ya!

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:35 PM

45. Do onto others ...

as they boo onto you.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 02:37 PM

46. Here's an idea.

Let the audience participate but hold the rest of the debates in Utah. It's about as fair to Newt as it is for Romney to go through debates all across the south.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 07:54 PM

47. is this a promise? nt

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 07:57 PM

48. Call his bluff. Debates are the best thing he has going for himself right now.

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 07:58 PM

49. No he won't. n/t

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Response to apples and oranges (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 08:01 PM

50. Noot has to be a gladiator in the Roman Circus

he can't function without the screams of "off with their heads"!

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