By Teresa Welsh |
A recent Iowa poll puts former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the top of the GOP presidential field, meaning that his nomination and a resulting 2012 Obama-Gingrich matchup is increasingly possible. Gingrich himself claims electability as one of his strong suits. “I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate, I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney and a lot more electable than anybody else,” he has said. He is the latest of a string of GOP candidates to excite the conservative base in a way that perennial frontrunner former Gov. Mitt Romney has failed to do. Many worry however, that if nominated, Gingrich would be unable to woo the votes of moderates in the general election that he would need to ultimately win the presidency. Here’s is the Debate Club’s take on whether Newt Gingrich can beat Barack Obama.
Lara Brown Professor at Villanova University
Krystal Ball Former Democratic Nominee for Congress
Judson Phillips Founder of Tea Party Nation
Jamal Simmons Principal at The Raben Group