Coming up on Hardball… Newtron bomb!


There’s a reason why Newt’s staying strong in this race, and that may be because he comes out fighting in the debates. We’ll deconstruct the former Speaker’s performance last night, including his right-off-the-bat rebuke of moderator John King. And Newt’s gaining in the latest polls. Can he defeat Romney in South Carolina? msnbc Political Commentators Howard Fineman and Eugene Robinson join us tonight.


Next up: Mitt Romney is rich. We all know this. And his money, and his tax returns, have been in the spotlight lately. So how could he not have been prepared for the question he faced last night about whether he’d release his tax returns? We’re talking to msnbc Political Analysts Chris Cillizza and David Corn tonight.


Newt’s ex-wife, Marianne Gingrich, is talking about her divorce from the former Speaker. Does it matter? Will it impact the race? The Washington Post’s James Grimaldi interviewed her, and he’ll talk about it tonight with Real Clear Politics’ Erin McPike.


Plus, we’re bringing you the best of Stephen Colbert and Herman Cain’s rally today in South Carolina, and we’re asking: What’s Colbert really up to in the Palmetto State? Salon’s Steve Kornacki will weigh in. 


And tomorrow night, msnbc’s live coverage of the South Carolina Primary begins at 6 PM Eastern. Join Chris, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, the Reverend Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, and Republican Strategist Steve Schmidt as they watch the returns come in! 

Coming up on Hardball... Newtron bomb!