Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich Square Off

The two presidential hopefuls went head to head in a one-on-one debate.
2:34 | 11/06/11

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Your voice your vote last night it was supposed to -- -- Herman -- Against Newt Gingrich in a big one on one debate instead it became a hurricane against the press corps and a rather remarkable showdown also this morning. A surprise Newt Gingrich surging despite controversies over things like he is Tiffany's expense account. ABC's David -- is covering it all in Washington this morning David quite an interesting evening. I tell you what Dan debate is probably the wrong word -- used when we talk about what happened last night the real fireworks came after the event when McCain lashed out at reporters for the issue that is dog his campaign for a week now. Don't go there. Herman -- lashed out at reporters again last night police said the journalistic code of ethics. When asked if he was never again going to address questions about sexual harassment allegations he said this. Hours before Herman -- Andy Gingrich billed as the Lincoln Douglas debate it was more pertinent -- excellent conservative adventures with gifts they. Agreeing on most issues creating notes and compliments. Her outspoken have a minute to disagree with -- that it say it -- bill. I'm going to for this -- purpose sidestep. The great temptation to discuss 999. Before -- Texas Tea Party audience they gave the conservatives what they wanted privatizing social security and Medicare let's get politicians out of that decision process -- personal Rick. I'm an account. Says the battle to be the alternative to Mitt Romney and we've seen a number of candidates already and now there's talk about -- Newt Gingrich possibly emerging as the the anti Romney. That's right. These conservatives are surging while Herman Cain skyrocketing in the polls has gotten all the attention unnoticed by some is Gingrich's climb. His poll numbers fell off a cliff this summer it was surprising revelations of a half million dollar debt to Tiffany's for his wife's jewelry. And a massive exodus of its staff. These -- the things. That torpedoed his candidacy when he first entered the precedent for -- Gingrich dropped to below 5% but in the past month he zoomed into double digits 12%. In our latest poll. Experts believe that it's unlikely that it Gingrich will really emerge as the opponent that could actually beat Mitt Romney but they also point out beyond -- that this is a very unusual campaign cycle and there hedging their bets saying anything can happen this time around.

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