John McCain named his campaign bus the Straight Talk Express. Newt Gingrich tried that approach on CBS's Face the Nation - after absorbing the body blows of $3 million in negative adds by pro-Romney Superpacs. Steve Benen reports:Political Animal - Gingrich takes off the gloves:
"“I have to ask you, are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?”The shocked hosts (CBS White House Correspondent Nora O'Donnell and anchor Bob Schieffer did seem shocked. Newt Gingrich replied:
“Yes,” Gingrich replied.
“You’re calling Mitt Romney a liar?”
“Well, you seem shocked by it!” said Gingrich. “Yes.”"
Which part of what I just said to you is false?” he asked the surprised hosts. “Why is it that if I’m candid in person and I wanted to be honest in person, that’s shocking? If [Romney’s] PAC buys millions of dollars in ads to say things that are false, that’s somehow the way Washington plays the game. Isn’t that exactly what’s sick about this country right now? Isn’t that what the American people are tired of?”Well, yes. But it is very hard for Serious People like Schieffer and O'Donnell to admit that the emperor's clothes are, well, tattered...
(The good stuff is about 3 minutes in)
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