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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Gingrich Tweaks Romney in Chocolate Factory Visit

GOP hopeful repeats his challenge to have Romney debate him one-on-one.

photo of Sarah Huisenga
December 28, 2011

Gingrich Tweaks Romney in Chocolate Factory Visit
Gingrich Tweaks Romney in Chocolate Factory Visit

ALGONA, Iowa – After Mitt Romney mockingly compared Newt Gingrich’s campaign to “Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory,” Gingrich decided on Wednesday to try to one-up his rival –- by visiting an actual chocolate factory.

Romney made the remark in response to Gingrich’s failure to qualify for the Virginia primary election ballot, invoking the classic I Love Lucy scene in which Ball is overwhelmed by an active conveyor belt of candies. Algona's Chocolate Season dessert café was the scheduled second stop on Gingrich's daily bus tour -– a fortunate coincidence for the former House speaker.

 

“Gov. Romney had a cute line yesterday about my team resembling Lucy and the chocolate factory, and I just want to say here I am in the chocolate factory,” Gingrich said, as TV cameras rolled.

“And now that I have the courage to come to the chocolate factory, I hope Gov. Romney has the courage to debate me one-on-one and defend his negative ads … I don't expect him to do it, but I hope if he comes by, he at least buys some chocolates."

 

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