New Gingrich ad touts debate controversy


Newt Gingrich’s campaign released a new ad highlighting a controversial moment from last night’s GOP presidential debate that earned the former House speaker a standing ovation from the South Carolina crowd.

Titled “The Moment,” the bit shows Gingrich’s icy response to a question from moderator Juan Williams.

The Fox News commentator questioned, “Speaker Gingrich, you recently said black Americans should demand jobs, not food stamps. You also said poor kids lack a strong work ethic and proposed having them work as janitors in their schools. Can’t you see that this is viewed, at a minimum, as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?”

Gingrich did not see it that way, oh no, and the crowd went wild. He nicknamed President Obama “the food stamp president,” a claim he has made repeatedly despite major criticism of its racial undertones.

The video touts Gingrich as the only guy who can defeat President Obama in November. This comes at a time when the Republican establishment is increasingly leaning toward a Romney candidacy. The ad, however, never mentions Romney directly, but rather attempts to highlight the former speaker’s emotional connection to the Republican base.

— By David Seconi