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August 12th, 2011

Gingrich Credits Upmeyer for Debate Performance

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Written by: Kevin Hall

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich gives credit to Linda Upmeyer for parts of his strong performance in the GOP presidential debate.  Upmeyer, the Iowa House Majority Leader, serves as the state chair for Gingrich’s campaign. caught up with Gingrich for an exclusive interview following the debate.  He was the only candidate who mentioned the controversial debt super committee, calling it “about as dumb an idea as Washington has come up with.”

That response, along with other fiery comments, led some observers to proclaim Gingrich the winner of the debate.  Gingrich told that his comments sprang from a conversation with Upmeyer.

“Actually, Linda Upmeyer was a big part of that,” Gingrich said.  “We had breakfast this morning and I said to her, from my position as Speaker, she’s a Majority Leader, I said, ‘Doesn’t it strike you as odd that we have 522 other Senators and House members who are not being engaged.   And don’t you think we’d be better off to start with a subcommittees in regular order and go from there’.   And she said, ‘That’s exactly right’.  I really give her credit for having closed the deal in my own mind.” 

Gingrich does not have a space at Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll, but he will be on hand for the event and plans to speak at soapbox.

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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