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The GOP national security debate in six minutes


The eight leading GOP presidential candidates met at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for a two-hour debate on national security and foreign policy. Here are some of the most significant exchanges of the night:

Gingrich’s new ad says he was right about the ‘dumb’ super committee


In his latest campaign ad, Newt Gingrich suggests he knew from the start that the deficit “super committee” would be a failure. The ad, which weaves together clips from a Republican primary debate last August, features Gingrich describing the super committee as “dumb,” “irrational,” and “phony” and sarcastically referring to the committee members as “brilliant.”

Watch it here, via newt.org:

Gingrich to OWS: “Go get a job — right after you take a bath”


At the GOP Thanksgiving Family Forum debate on “family issues” on Saturday, Newt Gingrich accused Occupy Wall Street protesters of acting entitled. “All the Occupy movements start with a premise that we all owe them everything,” he argued:

They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they they don’t want to pay for, to obstruct those who are going to work to pay the taxes to sustain the bathrooms and to sustain the park so that they can self-righteously explain that they are the paragons of virtue to which we owe everything.”

Michele Bachmann pours water for her male opponents at GOP debate


Saturday’s Republican debate on “family issues” kicked off with Michele Bachmann pouring water for all the men sitting around the table. 

As the candidates took their seats, Bachmann politely poured water for Ron Paul, who was sitting to her right and herself, when moderator Frank Luntz said, “I want to begin by thanking Representative Bachmann for taking care of the water for today’s event.” She laughed and walked the length of the table, pouring water for Luntz and the rest of the candidates.

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