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Gingrich Says GOP Candidates Will Face Serious Questions if They Lose in Their Home State

Gingrich Says GOP Candidates Will Face Serious Questions if They Lose in Home State

During an interview on Fox News Sunday Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said that candidates must win races in their home states or face serious questions about continuing in the race. The comment comes as rival Mitt Romney appears to be struggling in Michigan, where the former Massachusetts governor was born and his father was governor, before the state’s primary on February 28.

If Romney loses in Michigan, “I don’t know see what he says the next morning to his donors to stay in the race,” Gingrich said.

That said, Gingrich acknowledged that he must win the March 6 vote in Georgia, where he served as a congressman and has been heavily campaigning over the last week with former candidate Herman Cain. Surging candidate Rick Santorum will run in his home Pennsylvania this April, which appears to be a key swing state in the general election like Romney’s Michigan.

“If any of the three loses our home state … you have, I think, very, very badly weakened candidacies,” Gingrich said. “I was home campaigning for the last two days precisely to say to all of my friends back home, Georgia really matters. You cannot take this for granted.”

Gingrich stopped short of saying he would drop out if he lost Georgia “given the chaos of this race.”

The Associated Press notes that the Republican candidates face a series of nine primaries and four caucuses between now and Super Tuesday on March 6. At stake are 518 delegates, more than three times the number awarded so far. Georgia has the biggest delegate haul at stake, 76. The pro-Romney group Restore Our Future is targeting Gingrich in television ads in the state, according to AP, hoping to deny the former House speaker a sweep of the delegates and leave some on the table for Romney to scoop up.

Gingrich’s full interview on Fox News Sunday:
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‘Afraid’: Gingrich Mocks Rivals for Pulling Out of CNN Debate

Afraid: Gingrich Mocks Rivals for Pulling Out of CNN Debate

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a campaign stop on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 in Peachtree City, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Newt Gingrich on Friday slammed his GOP presidential rivals for pulling out of a planned debate in Georgia, accusing them of being “afraid” to take him on.

“The average Georgian is going to say, the average Ohioan is going to say, `Let me get this straight. They won’t come here to debate but they want my vote?’” Gingrich told supporters at a campaign stop in Peachtree City, Ga., according to the Associated Press. “Anybody who‘s afraid of debating Newt Gingrich isn’t going to be in very good shape to debate Barack Obama.”

As The Blaze previously reported, CNN announced Thursday it was canceling its March 1 debate in Atlanta after Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul pulled out.

“With eight other states voting on March 6, we will be campaigning in other parts of the country and unable to schedule the CNN Georgia debate,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. “We have participated in 20 debates, including eight from CNN.”

Santorum and Paul similarly said they would not be participating.

As the AP noted, CNN’s cancellation is a particular blow for Gingrich, who has consistently performed well in debates and is counting on a strong showing on Super Tuesday, March 6. The former House Speaker has said winning his home state of Georgia is “crucial” to keeping his presidential campaign afloat.

Gingrich also took time to blasted ads run by the pro-Romney super PAC Restore Our Future, which has spent millions on negative spots against Gingrich and Santorum.

“You can‘t hide behind millions of dollars in negative ads and think you’re going to win the presidency,” Gingrich said. “I think there is a declining impact of totally false ads, and I think you’re going to see as Romney applies the same technique at Santorum, a general revulsion against this kind of purely negative campaigning.”

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Can’t Decide On A GOP Candidate? Listen To How They Answer This Kid’s Question.

Actually, really cool.

This kid asked the GOP candidates what superhero they’d be and why.  The answers are pretty interesting.

Santorum is the only one who seemed to put any thought in it, and Herman Cain handled the question the best.  He even asked the kid who he’d be.  Too bad he isn’t in it anymore.

What’s up with Ron Paul not answering though?

Newt’s Support Of Individual Health Care Mandates Continues To Haunt Him

I’ve gone round and round with Newt supporters on this.  He supports the individual mandate, always has, and always will.  Maybe not in the way Obama supports it, but he does support it nonetheless.

Newt supporters have stated that he ‘clarified’ his position on the mandates.  That clarification was that he supports them, just not in their current form.  It is an unconstitutional position regardless.

Newt has a history of picking and choosing upholding the constitution or not.