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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gingrich On A Tear, ‘Goodbye Cain Boomlet’

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, speaks at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP)

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, speaks at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate at the Benjamin Johnson Arena, in Spartanburg, S.C. (AP)

Is GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich benefiting from Herman Cain’s recent troubles?

In one of the latest polls, Gingrich is statistically tied with Mitt Romney nationally and Cain has fallen 11 points from last month, to 14 percent among Republicans.

That prompted the ABC News headline “Goodbye Cain Boomlet, Hello Gingrich Newtlet.”

Cain has been fighting back against sexual harassment allegations, and yesterday stumbled badly when asked for his take on the Libyan revolution. Meanwhile, the horse race is far less clear in polling done in Iowa. And liberals such as Rachel Maddow are asking questions about whether Gingrich’s candidacy is real, given that a third of his upcoming events are aimed at selling his books and films.

Guest:

  • Jonathan Weisman, political reporter for the Wall Street Journal

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