Countdown to the Debate

ABC News' Rick Klein offers insight about the momentum of the race.
1:11 | 12/05/11

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Want to bring in ABC's senior Washington editor Rick Klein and Rick as you know we've all important over this to Moines register poll all -- I'm curious what you thought of these numbers tonight voters were also asked. Who their first choices -- -- are second choices. 43%. Say they are so convinced Newt Gingrich is not -- first it's second choice as well 31% said as much about Romney. So what does -- say you bubble meant to. The momentum is all on Newt Gingrich's side he has done something that's very hard to do in politics. He's turned around negative perceptions of himself and his candidacy. And now he's dealing with a wider pool of voters who are willing to give him a shot and Romney's able to boast but one other note from that hole ripped it from the -- David Gingrich came in second place on the question of most likely to have a scandal in the White House. Behind only Herman -- Just six days into the ABC news debate as you know Rick next Saturday night how crucial. Will their performance is being particularly we're talking about Gingrich and Romney here -- -- -- like for this front runner status. It has all the makings of a decisive moment this is the first time that Gingrich and Romney will face each other down as front runners. Gingrich is gonna try to scoop up -- supporters -- facing more scrutiny than ever about his own record and Romney is facing a new rival this time one who is a skilled debater. And shows no signs of imploding on his own.

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