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Newt Gingrich gets chilly Iowa reception

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Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood, ...Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has had a rough week in Iowa. On Tuesday he was called a particularly coarse name by a constituent, yesterday he lost an important endorsement to Rick Santorum, and his Statehouse press conference was disrupted by protesters from the Occupy movement, who chanted that Gingrich needed to start “putting people first.” Gingrich dismissed the interruption as coming from “one-tenth of one percent… all noise, no thought,” but do these rapid-fire incidents signal a triple threat for his campaign? See both videos below.

Certainly, Gingrich has emerged as a real contender in the last several weeks, but can he go the distance? A president should be unflappable and prepared to face confrontation (points to Mitt Romney on that score). As seen in the video below, Gingrich falls back on petulant defensiveness easily — and that’s without mentioning his historically lampooned temper. Also, one could argue that the Occupy protesters have had greater staying power and greater prominence this year than Gingrich. With his tide seemingly ebbing nearly as quickly as it rose, can Gingrich make it through the rigors of 2012 and beyond?

Occupy protesters disrupt Gingrich’s press conference

An Iowa voter tells off Gingrich

What do you think, PopWatchers? Are these a few badly timed, coincidental outbursts? Or do they signal greater flaws in Gingrich’s campaign?

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