Newt Gingrich: One-on-One With New Frontrunner

Jake Tapper interviews presidential candidate as surging polls put him ahead.
3:07 | 12/02/11

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Transcript for Newt Gingrich: One-on-One With New Frontrunner
She out of politics your voice your vote and the man who is rocketing to the top of the Republican race for president has been so swift and so strongly that he calls it disorienting. Front runner and former speaker Newt Gingrich said -- on Jake Tapper in Iowa yesterday NJ joins us. This morning -- that the former speaker may be disoriented but he's also super confident right now. Well he's never been known for a small ego right George but I asked him about the fact that we've seen. This movie before with other non Romney candidate surging in the polls Michelle Bachmann Rick Perry Herman Cain. But speaker Gingrich says that his case is different because their New Kids On The Block and he is a familiar face a known quantity. -- -- -- -- Johnston Iowa last night former speaker Newt Gingrich brought the Polk County GOP dinner to its feet. And I have to confess that while I was hoping for a wave we've had sort of a tsunami. But he's grabbed his Gingrich for president -- forward it is confidently riding that title away. As you told us in an interview -- very hard not to look at the recent polls and -- That the odds are very high and Vietnam and he's -- -- -- with success in those polls come attacks from his opponents. But Newt is playing dice I'm -- -- relentlessly talk about solutions. And I'm -- to relentlessly focus -- one opponent Barack Obama also with his new -- popularity comes scrutiny. About for instance some of his more provocative comments the most recent one about child labor laws for example being stupid. It would be great if intercity schools -- poor neighborhood schools actually heard the children to do things what if they cleaned out the bathrooms and what if they mopped the floors. What if they and that process were actually learning to work learn and earn money they had money and and they didn't have to become a pimple or -- -- drug dealer. Gingrich's wife Callista his third wife might remind some in Washington of the messy breakup of his second marriage and controversies about his personal life. But he is -- it's hurt -- excited about the kind of First Lady she might be. She actually describes herself as sort of being cross between Nancy Reagan Laura Bush with just a slight. Bit of Jackie Kennedy -- Really put out Morgan volunteered at a Chicago thank you. At its very last stop of the day the 68 year old signed books and took one last question from us about how he's dealing with his sudden front runner status. -- are you having to recount. Operators are currently more than I'll give -- more reliance. Collins and really. Tired of people along the victory -- this is not going to be in the end anti Obama camp it's going to be in -- -- rebuilding the American campaign. And Georgia Gingrich is tied with Mitt Romney in a Gallup poll of Republican voters nationally but what's key in that poll. Is the voters who support Gingrich are much more intense in their support. Then they are for Mitt Romney -- Right now he's ahead in lot of the other early states like South Carolina. And Florida as well.

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