Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich gave his full backing to the Newsmax ION Television GOP debate today, saying that the Dec. 27 event will provide the last chance for voters to assess the candidates before primary season polling starts.
Standing alongside debate host Donald Trump, Gingrich said, “We have to be open to new ways of doing things and new ways of approaching things.”
Gingrich then praised Trump and Newsmax, adding, “I thought it was great when [Donald Trump] agreed to do it. I think it’s great that Newsmax is helping launch it.”
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“It’s part to the process by which America governs itself,” the former House speaker said.
The debate, which will be available in 99 million homes throughout America on the ION Television network, will begin at 8 p.m. on Dec. 27, just seven days before caucusgoers in Iowa pick their candidate for the Republican nomination. It also will be streamed at Newsmax.com.
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“This is a country that elected a peanut farmer to the presidency,” Gingrich said, referring to Jimmy Carter. “It elected an actor who made two movies with a chimpanzee to the presidency,” he added, in reference to Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan.
“This is a country with enormously wide open talent. Donald Trump is a great showman and also a great businessman.”
Gingrich had just left a near hour-long face-to-face meeting with Trump in New York. He follows a slew of others who are, or have been in the race, who have met the property developer. They include Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, and Sarah Palin.
When asked why he was taking time away from the campaign trail to meet Trump, Gingrich said, “Why wouldn’t you?”
“I want to pick up on something Herman Cain said a while back. Sometimes, we have to get a certain sense of humor in politics.” He called Trump “a genuine American icon in his own right.”
“If we are trying to figure out how to create jobs, one of the differences between my party and the other party is we actually go to people who know how to create jobs to figure out how to create jobs.”
The invitations were sent out to the candidates on Friday. Trump has said he will endorse one of them sometime after the big event.