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Speaker Gingrich since our last debate your position in this race has changed dramatically.
You run out physically at the center of the stage which means you're at the top of the polls.
Many Republicans seem conflicted about you they say that you're Smart.
-- a big thinker.
At the same time many of those same Republicans worried deeply.
About your electability in -- general election saying perhaps governor Romney is a safer bet.
Can you put to rest once and for all the persistent doubts that you are indeed the right candidate on the stage to grow up and be present a -- Well first of all let me just say do you -- to all of our viewers Merry Christmas this is a great time for us to be here.
And I hope that everybody across the country.
As a very joyous Christmas season.
-- -- around long enough that I remember that this exact time and 1979.
When Ronald Reagan was running thirty points behind.
Bill Clinton did that -- Jimmy Carter.
And if people -- said gosh electability is a number one issue.
-- in a moment what they said was.
He believes what he's talking about.
He has big solutions.
He can get the economy growing he understands foreign policy and he's the person I want to have debate Jimmy Carter.
He carried more states against Carter.
-- FDR -- has Herbert Hoover in 1932.
I believe I can debate Barack Obama and I think it is 73 hour debates.
Barack Obama will not have a leg to stand on in trying to defend -- record that is terrible and an ideology that is radical.
The speaker got wrong.
Governor Romney just yesterday said he -- on reliable conservative now obviously he's your opponents -- your opponent but.
Even Iowa governor Terry Branstad said today he respects you great but he openly questioned whether you have the discipline and focus to be -- Those are two different questions the -- company take one but one -- equipment.
I have a 90%.
American Conservative Union voting record for twenty years I balanced the budget for four straight years -- -- off 405 billion dollars and that pretty conservative.
The first welfare entitlement reform in your lifetime type the only major and -- -- reformed and I was welfare two out of three people in fact -- went to school pretty conservative.
First tax cut in sixteen years largest capital gains tax cut in American history unemployment came down to four point 2% pretty conservative.
I think on the conservative thing.
It's sort of laughable to suggest that somebody who campaigned when Ronald Reagan and with Jack -- And has had a thirty year record of conservatism.
Is somehow not a conservative.
And what about the concerns from Iowa -- -- I think people have to watch my career -- -- -- I spent sixteen years working to create the first Republican majority in forty years.
I spent years helping create first balanced budgets.
And the longest serving -- the senior military 23 years teaching one and two star generals and admirals -- go to war.
I think it's fair to say that my commitment to disciplined systematic work it is fairly obvious.
You know people are set aside partisan differences I do change things when when conditions change.
The partisan differences I strive for very large changes.
And I'm prepared to really try to lead the American people to get this country back on the right track and that's a very large change that's my colleague back up.
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