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Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a town hall style event in the Staten Island borough of New York Saturday. (AP)
Republican presidential candidate and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks at a town hall style event in the Staten Island borough of New York Saturday. (AP)

The latest polls show former House Speaker Newt Gingrich now leading the GOP pack in key states like Iowa, even as Gingrich's campaign struggles to ramp up its operations in early voting states.

Democratic strategists are divided over what kind of challenge Gingrich poses to President Obama. On the Republican side, Gingrich's critics have been holding their tongues, but this weekend, Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn reiterated his statement that cannot support Newt Gingrich because he finds Gingrich "lacking" in leadership.

Guest:

  • Jay Newton-Small, political correspondent for Time Magazine, she tweets @JNSmall

This segment aired on December 5, 2011.

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