"Gingrich ‘Will Not Accept’ Obama Debate With Reporters As Moderators"
At a campaign stop in Florida today, Newt Gingrich said that if he wins the GOP nomination, he will refuse to debate President Obama if a reporter serves as moderator. Gingrich has prided himself on his debating prowess and his intellect, and virtually every presidential debate is moderated by members of the press, but Gingrich thinks all reporters are secretly Obama shills and he is apparently uncomfortable dealing with them:
GINGRICH: As your nominee in the fall, I will not accept debates in which reporters are the moderators, because I will not accept another Obama person in the debate.
Gingrich has been pushing for a scheme to hold seven Lincoln-Douglas style debates with no moderator, but this seems to be the first time he’s said he would refuse to participate in a traditional debate.