Debate Club

Should Newt Gingrich Drop Out?

Should Newt Gingrich Drop Out?

With only the primaries in South Carolina and his home state of Georgia as victories under his belt, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was hoping to execute a “southern strategy” of sorts by winning in Tuesday’s Alabama and Mississippi primaries and reviving his campaign. Former Sen. Rick Santorum defeated Gingrich in both states, where the delegates are awarded proportionally. Gingrich did come in second ahead of former Gov. Mitt Romney in Alabama and Mississippi’s popular vote. In a speech Tuesday night, Gingrich vowed to stay in the race until the Republican National Convention. However, critics suggest that it is time for him to bow out and let the right wing of the party coalesce behind Santorum, who fashions himself as the conservative alternative to Romney. Money may also make the decision for Gingrich. The super PAC that supports him has survived through the large donations by Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, though Gingrich brags of the $2.50 “Newt gallon” donations supporters have made to his campaign. Should New Gingrich drop out? Here is the Debate Club’s take:


The Arguments

#2
36 Pts
Santorum Has Earned the Right for This to Be a Two-Man Race

Yes – Santorum Has Earned the Right for This to Be a Two-Man Race

Ford O'Connell Republican Strategist, Conservative Activist, and Political Analyst

#3
25 Pts
By Staying in the Race, Gingrich Helps Romney

Yes – By Staying in the Race, Gingrich Helps Romney

Matthew Dickinson Professor at Middlebury College

#4
9 Pts
Gingrich Has Virtually No Chance of Winning

Yes – Gingrich Has Virtually No Chance of Winning

Ron Bonjean Former Chief of Staff for the Senate Republican Conference

#5
5 Pts
Gingrich Can't Win If He Doesn't Play

No – Gingrich Can't Win If He Doesn't Play

David Crockett Author of 'Running Against the Grain: How Opposition Candidates Win Presidential Elections'

#6
4 Pts
Newt Gingrich Has No Self-Interested Reason to Drop Out...Yet

No – Newt Gingrich Has No Self-Interested Reason to Drop Out...Yet

Lara Brown Author of 'Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants'

#7
-9 Pts
Only Newt Gingrich Gets to Decide When He Drops Out

No – Only Newt Gingrich Gets to Decide When He Drops Out

Krystal Ball MSNBC Contributor and Former Democratic Nominee for Congress in the First District of Virginia

#8
-10 Pts
Newt Gingrich Needs to Stay in the Race

No – Newt Gingrich Needs to Stay in the Race

Judson Phillips Founder of Tea Party Nation


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