After 30 years in the public eye, Newt Gingrich has video-clip documentation of countless past opinions. Can he still present a fresh message to the American electorate?
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He sounded like he sort of favors the provision in President Obama’s health care reforms requiring people to have health insurance – the so-called “individual mandate,” which many other Republicans oppose.
And he delivered the type of big-think quote for which he is famous: “We are at a crossroads in our core values as a country – what does it mean to be an American?” he told host David Gregory.
But as to his future in the upcoming presidential primaries, the most important thing uttered on the program may have been a simple, two-digit number. In welcoming Gingrich at the top of the show, Mr. Gregory noted that it was the former House Speaker’s 35th appearance on “Meet the Press.”