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May 02, 2012


The Most Grandiose Campaign Promise Ever?

Jon Karl looks back at Newt Gingrich's "improbable, unpredictable" presidential bid but finds one moment more memorable than the rest.

"The context is important: Gingrich's campaign had just come back from the dead for the second time and was threatening to knock Mitt Romney out of the race. Gingrich took the stage before a packed, standing-room only crowd at the largest indoor arena on the Space Coast, but instead of delivering a rah-rah stump speech, Gingrich calmly announced he was going to talk about space. And that's when Gingrich, a man often attacked for his grandiosity, made perhaps the most grandiose promise ever made by a front-running presidential candidate."

Said Gingrich: "By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon, and it will be American."

Here's a video compilation of Gingrich's greatest hits:


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