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Can Newt Gingrich keep his sputtering campaign alive?

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Gingrich still has things to do. He spoke to the National Rifle Association convention Friday. As usual, he waxed magniloquently.

“Desperate for attention and trying to get back into a conversation that has passed him by, the still-technically-running candidate said he will submit a treaty to the United Nations that would make the right to bear arms a universal human right,” Politico’s James Hohmann reported from the convention.

“Far fewer women would be raped. Far fewer children would be killed…and far fewer dictators would survive if people had the right to bear arms everywhere on the planet,” Gingrich said, earning a standing ovation from a crowd of thousands. “We should say the second amendment is an amendment for all mankind.”

Although he’s been a political survivor, becoming influential and wealthy since he left Congress under a cloud, Gingrich appeared to burn at least one bridge recently when he declared that CNN was “less biased” than Fox News.

“We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX,” he said this week. “That’s just a fact.”

To which Fox News chief Roger Ailes replied that Gingrich was just “trying to get a job at CNN because he knows he isn’t going to get to come back to Fox News.” 

On his website, Gingrich calls himself “The last conservative standing,” and despite the polls and the odds, he vows to fight on to the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. in August.

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