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Welcome back to foxnews.com live I'm Diana -- And we were just talking a little while that appear Barnes about the South Carolina debate between Republican presidential hopefuls and some of the highlights there's enamored of -- -- powers.
Our Fox News contributor here for some analysis on the debate -- on the election in general so far.
Here's in Manhattan now you seen the debate with some numbers are coming out Gingrich is getting a boost -- is all shaping up for tomorrow's primary.
Well I think people are looking to see if Gingrich was going to be hurt by this interview that his.
His second ex wife.
Did with ABC news and it looks like -- Handled it in a way that -- either earn neutralize that or even help him so we're going into the debate he was expected to win South Carolina and I think it's.
Looking like he has the momentum right now to win -- South Carolina.
So I think the expectation is that.
It'll be a Gingrich Romney.
You know kind of battling for the first two spots with Gingrich probably ending up on top.
It -- like -- sort of shifted things from being on the defense it to be offensive kind of going after the -- -- for even asking the question.
Do you think that is generally a successful tactic or was it because of this specific issue.
Well it's a very successful tactic is particularly in the Republican.
Primaries because that they they believe that the media is out get conservative candidates it was CNN of course which they believe this.
You know day you know Clinton news networker Communist news network -- you you know take your choice.
Said that said that he is easy for him to turn around and make it scene like this is media persecution.
-- -- fact that the reality is she's being a little sanctimonious and self righteous about the fact that you know heat.
He cheated on two wives and left them and and but he was able to sort of turn that around and make -- -- That he was being victimized and that resonates with with conservatives definitely and now course.
Newt Gingrich's marital history is not gonna be the big issue that -- break this primary or the general election.
So what do you think is the big focus here.
I think -- jobs and the economy and and that's another thing I think that that many people aren't really appreciating just how little -- Issues not related to the economy here are playing in these primaries if you look at the exit polls from Iowa or New Hampshire.
You'll see that come on social issues you have probably less than 10% of people saying that about what's the most important.
Issue for them in terms of voting which for Iowa is pretty no noteworthy considering you know that's it's a pretty conservative state and this -- a GOP.
A caucus so.
I think that probably going in the South Carolina you're gonna see the same thing that they're less concerned.
Issues -- to do whether it's social issues -- or perhaps even the character issue.
Then thinking that they have somebody who can -- beat President Obama and -- get the economy.
Back on track and so on that note -- -- you think is the strongest in either or both of those categories.
Well that Romney is the one that I think most people have seen as being the -- that's what I I honestly I think they're an extremely weak field I don't know there's anybody that really jumps -- -- says.
Wow I want this person in charge the United States and and that's that seems to be what you're seeing among Republican primary voters that they just can't really get excited about anybody.
Mitt -- supposed to be the front runner.
Still can't quite get people excited about -- -- I think his performance last night was pretty weak.
His inability to handle this tax.
Question is just mind boggling.
You know Gingrich is seen as being this this -- strong candidate I think he's a good debater I think -- unpredictable.
So that makes him -- not a good candidate ultimately in the long run so.
I would have to -- deduced from all that that Romney still.
Is the strongest candidate -- it's just not.
That doesn't mean he's a strong candidate and -- -- that's making sense to you about it's it's not that they he's particularly strong it's just that out of this group he's probably the strongest Canada.
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