The Washington Times is reporting former House Speaker Newt Gingrich finished tied for second at the Conservative Political Action Conference's presidential straw poll.
Mr. Gingrich, who won't decide whether he will run for president until after September, tied former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for second place in the conference's combined first- and second-choice straw poll with 30 percent each, trailing only former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who won with a combined 34 percent.Newt Ginrich, rock star?
"We will not defeat the Clinton machine by being negative," Mr. Gingrich said, referring to Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York. "We will defeat the Clinton machine by offering better solutions based on better values with a deeper reach into the American people's lives and psyche."
"Newt Gingrich is probably the only rock star in the conservative world right now," Georgia Republican activist Phil Kent said. "You saw the energy when he entered the ballroom. I didn't see that for any of the others."For the last six years we've heard the whining from the other side about how we need an intellectual in the White House. Let's give them an historian, a former Speaker of the House, and a novelist, all in one candidate.
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