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"Mr. Gingrich, how can you be against gay marriage when you yourself are the child of a gay marriage: The Michelin Man and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?"

Jimmy Kimmel, during the White House Correspondents dinner.

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"My job description as I have defined it is to save Western civilization."

Newt Gingrich, in a 1979 address to his congressional staff.

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"Stoney’s Rockin’ Country dance hall is a place that celebrates defiance of long odds: Every night, inebriated non-cowboys climb up on a mechanical bull under the mistaken impression they can hang on. On Thursday nights, they do it in bikinis. On Friday — just a few feet away from the bull — it was Newt Gingrich confidently defying the near-inevitable."

David Fahrenthold, reporting from Las Vegas.

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"Just as having a lot of pens doesn’t make you a great writer, having a lot of ideas doesn’t make you a great thinker."

Ezra Klein challenges Newt Gingrich’s identity of an idea man.

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Newt Gingrich on the stump Monday in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Today, in one image. (Romney re-trenches.)

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Newt Gingrich on the stump Monday in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Today, in one image. (Romney re-trenches.)

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"When three women want to sign on for life with a man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we’ll be clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we’ll want to let him go after one."

Dr. Keith Ablowpsychiatrist and member of “the Fox News Medical A-Team,” in an essay arguing that Newt Gingrich’s three marriages might make him “a strong president.”

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The GOP field, beyond the glare and noise.

Jon Huntsman: A study in understatement.

Mitt Romney: A Dudley Do-Right in a Kim Kardashian world.

Rick Perry: Confidence man.

Michele Bachmann: A life of striking certitude.

Newt Gingrich: The smartest in the room.

Ron Paul: The alternative, a force to be reckoned with.

Rick Santorum: The longshot.

Photos by Melina Mara (The Washington Post)

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He’s the smart one.
That’s what Newt Gingrich has been hearing since he was little Newtie, the boy who, his stepfather said, had read much of the Encyclopedia Americana by age 12.
Candidate Week continues.
Photo by Melina Mara (The Washington Post)

He’s the smart one.

That’s what Newt Gingrich has been hearing since he was little Newtie, the boy who, his stepfather said, had read much of the Encyclopedia Americana by age 12.

Candidate Week continues.

Photo by Melina Mara (The Washington Post)

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"Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working, and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal."

Newt Gingrich. (Teens in Southeast D.C. beg to differ.)

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"Who can resist The Donald?"

Newt Gingrich explains why he would participate in a debate moderated by Donald Trump.