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

No Negative Newt at Arizona Debate

February 22, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says that he needs to get back to the "big solutions” he believes propelled him to frontrunner status of the GOP race weeks ago. He also said his daughters advised him that he needed to look "more presidential" on the stage.

On Fox News’s America’s Newsroom on Wednesday, Gingrich promised he would “focus on the big solutions,” in the evening debate and “stay out of the kind of negativity that unfortunately has characterized way too much of this race.” Asked about a report that his daughters wanted him to appear more presidential, Gingrich responded that he was “behaving too much like a normal candidate” after feeling the brunt of Republican rival Mitt Romney’s advertising blitz in Florida.

“I think they were concerned that the weight of negative advertising by Romney had drawn us into a back and forth that wasn’t particularly helpful,” Gingrich said. “I think what people want to know is, ‘Are you capable of solving the country’s problems?’”

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