Political Theater

Gingrich challenges Obama to debates, says he can use a teleprompter


Newt Gingrich delighted a crowd of supporters with jokes about President Obama’s debating skills and “ego” at a campaign stop in Naples, Florida, over the weekend, where he repeated his promise to challenge Obama to “seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates” in the general election.

Gingrich, who described the debates as, “two adults, talking about the nation,” told the crowd that if Obama wanted to use a teleprompter during the debates, “it would be fine” with him. “It has to be fair,” he said to cheers.

“If you had to defend ObamaCare, wouldn’t you want a teleprompter?”

Gingrich predicted Obama would agree to the debates because of his “ego”:

“Can you imagine him looking in the mirror — graduate from Columbia, Harvard Law, editor of the Law Review journal, greatest articulator in the Democratic party…How is he going to say that he’s afraid to be on the same podium with a West Georgia College teacher?”

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