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December 22, 2011


Can Gingrich Afford to Stay Positive?

As Newt Gingrich slides in the polls amid an onslaught of negative ads and comments by his opponents in the Republican presidential primary, The Hill looks at Gingrich's challenge: remain positive or fight fire with fire.

"In a way, running a positive campaign was almost a necessity for Gingrich. He's so very vulnerable to attacks -- from his support for an individual healthcare mandate to his consulting work to his personal infidelities -- that his best shot at winning was always in an environment free from acrimony and negativity... But by promising to stay positive, he gives up the opportunity to fight back, and thus, when he does, it's immediately called hypocritical. In short, Gingrich is fighting with a hand tied behind his back -- one he's bound himself... In order to staunch the bleeding, Gingrich might have to openly discard the promise of positivity and make someone else bleed, too."












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