Transcript for GOP Contenders Get Set to Debate
Your voice your vote tonight in just two days now until those Republican contenders battle in Iowa during the ABC news Republican debate. But as the newly minted front runner Newt Gingrich could take the hardest hit since it tonight here we ask what did he do what qualities is he showing the voter -- -- propel him to the top. ABC's Jake Tapper is a lot of the debate site in Iowa tonight Jake we were watching as we came on the air there and setting up their behind it. And that's right David just 24 days after the Republican candidates square off here for the ABC news debate Saturday night Republican voters will go to the Iowa Caucuses and most of them say. They still can change their minds. At adults grocery store in the heart of the morning today Iowa voters were taking it all -- It's kind of a toss up by haven't decided on anybody specific. Now in the -- little -- ailments why Al. As the clock ticks down to the caucuses candidates look for -- -- and any chance to hit the leader. You Gingrich accusing Mitt Romney is using surrogate to do his dirty work. I don't think Newt Gingrich cares about conservative principles Newt Gingrich cares about Newt Gingrich but Gingrich continues to hover above the rest of the pack in Iowa polls. And hover above the -- I'm gonna stay positive. -- not talk about how we saw the president Friday. I was allowed to do it -- so what's the Gingrich appeal. Polling shows several candidates including Gingrich are seen as authentic. Truly believing what they -- Not Romney now. Meanwhile Romney and Gingrich both score well when it comes to qualities of competence. Meaning only one candidate. Gingrich is seen as being both authentic. And competent I'm incredibly sharp debate performances. Sometimes taking control away from the moderate -- how do you respond. To people who say. That your campaign has been on -- -- -- wish you would put aside the gotcha questions and appearing above the bickering and snipe at. We're here tonight talking American people about why every single one of us is better than Barack Obama. And that's -- I -- one I hope all of my friends up here. I've been repudiated. Every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama who deserves to be defeated. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That he could sit in the Oval Office he could be commander in chief he could be elected president. And the big question David is how much Gingrich will be able to remain above the fray on Saturday night. When all the other candidates are trying to beat him up David. Very calm picture behind you there tonight but let's just wait to Saturday that right six. We'll see -- soon tomorrow in Iowa Diane Sawyer also on the way and as we mentioned shaping up to be quite a fight Saturday at 9 PM eastern 6 Pacific. -- in Georgia moderating all the Republican contenders will be there and -- to join us Saturday night here. And before the debate makes a -- Yahoo!'s into now app that's what it's called on -- -- -- Smartphone it's gonna let you weigh in with your opinions on Saturday's debate in real time. Had to Yahoo! News to learn more we'll be tracking that as well.
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