Gingrich Says Early Debate Shrinks Potential Presidents

By Lindsay Hamilton

May 6, 2007 4:13pm

ABC News’ Lindsay Hamilton reports: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., who is toying with the idea of an ’08 presidential run, called the recent Republican primary candidate debate "ludicrous."

"The Republicans averaged seven minutes and 20 seconds a piece, split up into 25 to 30 second answers," Gingrich told CBS’s Bob Schieffer. "The potential president of the United States, the most powerful governing office in the world, shrinks with each appearance in these shows, and we don’t have a national discussion."

Gingrich, who did not participate in the debate, has been critical of the early start to the campaign and called it "a mixture of ‘American Idol,’ ‘The Bachelor,’ and ‘Survivor.’"

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