The Lincoln Debates: Newt Gingrich

I first saw this speech by Newt Gingrich on television in a Indiana motel room in the Spring of 2007. Despite the late hour, I was captivated. While I strongly disagree with his policies while in Congress, the man is powerfully intelligent and a remarkable orator. His discussion of the American political arena is insightful, and relevant to the current Presidential campaign. Check out the way he neatly folds each sheet from his notes and tucks them into his coat as he speaks. Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo speaks after Ginrich, but Cuomo is suffering from a cold and not at his best.

The follow-up, moderated by Tim Russert, is here.

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