WASHINGTON-- Now it's Newt's turn.
Riding high in the polls, GOP White House hopeful Newt Gingrich enters Tuesday's 8 p.m. est CNN debate as the front-runner in the crowded contest.
The debate--the 11th--is focused on national security but other matters will come up, including the failure of the congressional budget supercommittee to reach a deal. The debate topic is rich with the potential for candidate stumbles--since no one in the field is a national security specialist except for Jon Huntsman, President Obama's former ambassador to China. Herman Cain has suggested he doesn't have to study up to be president--and it will be interesting to see if that shows.
Watch for the spotlight to be on Gingrich tonight in terms of questions aimed at him--and if his rivals go after him. (Will Gingrich's calling for school children to work as janitors in schools come up?)
Mitt Romney, who has been a consistent second as the other Republicans have risen, only to fall, just has to get through this not making a mistake.
From CNN: "The candidates share the stage at DAR Constitution Hall, just down the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. CNN is teaming up with leading Republican-leaning think tanks Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute to host a debate that focuses heavily on national security and foreign policy issues, but which will also include top economic concerns, including the failure of the congressional super committee to find agreement to cut $1.2 trillion from the country's long-term debt."
From Quinnipiac University Nov. 22 poll.....
"Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich more than doubles his share of the Republican presidential vote to lead the presidential pack with 26 percent and in a head-to-head matchup tops former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 49 - 39 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. But Romney is tied with President Barack Obama."