Anchor Bill Hemmer asked Wallace about whether Gingrich’s performance during last night’s debate gave him any momentum going forward in his campaign.
“I’m not sure it did much,” Wallace responded. “You know, he’s decided —and he decided it before he went after me in the Iowa debate and now after these moderators in this debate—that one of his things is he’s going to try to attack the media. He ended up with 385 votes in the Ames Straw Poll, so it didn’t seem to work there.”
Wallace lamented that Gingrich used to be one of the most compelling figures in American politics and was curious what he was getting out of going after the debate moderators: “This was a debate and he’s complaining about the fact that the moderators are trying to get the candidates to debate each other?”
Hemmer suggested that Gingrich was trying to adhere to Ronald Reagan‘s 11th Commandment that “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
Wallace hit back, saying that Reagan wasn’t a pushover in debates and indeed expressed differences over issues with other Republicans. “What is this supposed to be,” Wallace asked incredulously. “A kind of linking of arms and ring around the rosie?”
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