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Gingrich: Don't Go To The Middle. Bring The Middle To You.

When asked by Sean Hannity why he is the more conservative and more electable candidate in the GOP presidential race, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says, "I'm clearly the more conservative candidate by any rational standard. I had a 90 percent American Conservative Union standing for 20 years. I helped Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp develop supply-side economics. I helped lead the effort to defeat Communism in the Congress. I helped, as speaker of the House, balance the federal budget for four straight years, reform welfare as an entitlement, the first tax cuts in 16 years. Take whatever your list of conservatism is, there are places in my career where I've done that stuff, and I've been consistent about it. I was for Ronald Reagan long before people began just to quote him. So that part I think there's no contest.

"The electability thing is a question of how you think elections work. I think in the Reagan tradition and in the tradition of 1994 and the "Contract," if you get a real contrast in a country which is more than two-to-one conservative, the liberal loses. But you have to have the courage to fight your way through the New York Times and through CBS News and through MSNBC and be steady in drawing the contrast. So, I think the person who is able to debate Obama and draw a sharp and defined contrast has an enormous advantage. I don't think you go to the middle. You bring the middle to you."

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