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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks at a town meeting at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. on Monday. (AP)
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaks at a town meeting at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. on Monday. (AP)

Now that he's the front-runner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is expected to come under attack at the 11th GOP presidential primary debate in Washington, D.C. tonight.

But Gingrich says that his years of experience in politics have prepared him for the scrutiny that comes from his sudden rise to the top of the GOP presidential primary field.

He's aggressively defending himself against critics by launching a website called, "Answering the Attacks."

And despite his inside-the-beltway reputation, Gingrich told USA Today he thinks the Tea Party will embrace him as an outsider who can change Washington.

But will Newt Gingrich be able to stay ahead in the polls, or is he just another "flavor of the week" for conservatives, who seem to be searching for anyone who isn't Mitt Romney?

Guest:

  • Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today

This segment aired on November 22, 2011.

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