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Gingrich Campaign Press Release - Video: Newt Steals Show at Alabama GOP Forum

March 13, 2012

Newt brought the house down at last night's Alabama Republican Party candidate forum at the Alabama Theatre.  He received multiple standing ovations from the sold out crowd of 2,000 people and won over many undecided voters.

Both in the conversations overheard leaving the theater and in more than a dozen-plus interviews outside, the opinions expressed consistently, even among some Santorum supporters, were that Gingrich had probably out-performed Santorum in the forum.


Gingrich began his talk as he always does, hitting Obama on the high price of gas and what he calls Obama's failed energy policy.

As president, Gingrich said he would open up offshore lands to drilling in addition to more government lands currently protected from drilling. He said he would immediately move to approve a new oil pipeline from Canadian to Texas. He hit Obama repeatedly for his call for more biofuels using algae and other materials.

"I believe that in the years ahead, maybe algae will be a good source of energy, but algae won't fill up your car's tank this summer, "Gingrich said as the hall erupted in laughter.


Kitty Lester came into tonight leaning toward Gingrich but having not ruled out Santorum. She ruled him out after the performance by Gingrich.

"Sen. Santorum was fine in what he said. Didn't say a thing I disagreed with," Lester said. "But, did you hear Newt? Did you hear that fight in him? He's ready to debate Obama right now, tonight and beat him. Really, I didn't see a lot of difference between Santorum or Newt but there was a difference and it was Newt is ready to fight, fight and fight. ... He has my vote."

Jon Drake of Prattville drove up for the forum undecided. He left wearing a Newt button.

"Santorum was really good but Newt rules," said Drake. "I want the guy who takes on the president to be just as convinced as Obama is that he's right. We need passion and Newt has it."

Newt Gingrich, Gingrich Campaign Press Release - Video: Newt Steals Show at Alabama GOP Forum Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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