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Rivals Never Attacked Gingrich in Recent Debates

It’s been frequently noted that part of Newt Gingrich’s appeal to voters is his positive attitude toward his fellow GOP presidential contenders at the debate. Turns out Gingrich’s rivals have returned the favor: according to the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog, there have been over 150 attacks in the last seven debates from candidates aimed at other candidates — and not a single one has been aimed at Gingrich. (Even Jon Huntsman’s been a target five times.) In contrast, Mitt Romney has been attacked 59 times, Rick Perry 55 times, Herman Cain 22 times, and Ron Paul ten times. 

Smart Politics does note that Romney and Gingrich had a testy exchange over Gingrich’s past support for the individual mandate in the Oct. 20th debate, but chose not to qualify that as an attack. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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