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The Laura Ingraham Show - Newt takes swipes at Romney, explains Hangover obsession

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Published on Nov 11, 2011

On the difference between himself and Mitt Romney:
@0:56 - I think Mitt's a very competent manager and I think he tends to manage within whatever he thinks the realities are, so when he was Governor of Massachusetts he recognized that 85% of the legislature was Democrats and he recognized the state was pretty liberal and he managed accordingly. If you want someone who is a change agent, who has worked with Ronald Reagan for change, who as Speaker brought about change...I'm the only candidate in the race like that....We're not running for governor, we're running for president. And president involves the life and death of the country in ways that are very very different than being governor of a state. The choice is going to be really really wide between managing the current mess and changing Washington decisively.

2:03 - Laura: Is [Romney] a conservative?
Newt: I'll let the voters decide that. I think you look at Ruth Marcus's column this morning, you look at George Will's column a couple weeks ago. There's plenty of stuff there to talk about....The 85% who have not chosen Mitt Romney, who have known him now for five years, I think their looking for a conservative activist who will stand firm and who will fight to change Washington.

@2:41 - I don't have any reason to attack Mitt because my interest is the 85%. I'll let him keep his 15%. I don't have any great need to win primaries by more than 85-15.

On Romney saying he is a man of steadiness and constancy during Wednesday's debate:
@3:34 - Look, I'm not going to pick a fight with Mitt Romney. I think the evidence is overwhelming, I think it exists on videotape, and I think Mitt's the one who's got the challenge.

@5:26 - Laura: Do you have the operation in all 50 states to go head-to-head with Romney?
Newt: We will by the middle of December.

@7:48 - Laura: Is the goal here to beat Obama or should the goal be to nominate the most conservative and qualified person for the presidency?
Newt: Well the goal should be both. There's no point in beating Obama with somebody who's confused about who they are or what they believe.
Laura: And I assume that's Romney. That has to be Romney. Who are you referring to?
Newt: I'm saying that as a general principle.

@8:15 - Newt: I'm going to challenge Obama to seven 3-hour Lincoln-Douglas debates.
Laura: He'll never agree to that. He's not going to agree to that. It sounds good Newt but c'mon he's not going to agree to it because you'll kill him in those debates.
Newt: So you're saying you think that the Harvard Law Review editor, graduate of Columbia and Harvard, best orator in modern history in the Democratic party, master of self-esteem, would admit publicly that he's afraid to be on the same platform with a West Georgia College professor?
Laura: Precisely.
Newt: I can't imagine the taunting and the laughter.

On Herman Cain joking about Anita Hill:
@9:37 - I think if you look at the concerns we have about issues like sexual harassment, if you look at the tragedy at Penn State, if you look at how people feel in general about this kind of stuff, it's not something to be joked about. He may well be innocent and I think it's perfectly reasonable for him to defend himself and for him to make clear who his accusers are, but these are not things I think you joke about.

@10:12 - Laura: You watched Hangover seven times? ...What's up with that?
Newt: When you're going to watch junk, you ought to pick junk....I prepared for the last debate by watching Bridesmaids.

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