Gingrich: Debate Romney’s `Only Place’ to Seize Control of Campaign

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Newt Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin attend a fundraiser for Akin on September 24, 2012 in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Newt Gingrich, who sought the Republican presidential  nomination that Mitt Romney won, has some unsolicited advice for the party’s nominee: Perform well in the first debate against President Barack Obama, if Romney wants to win.

“The only place I see for Romney to seize control is the first debate,” Gingrich said today at a fundraiser to benefit Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin. “The first debate is enormously important to Romney. I think they’ve had a bad two weeks. They’ve allowed the media to define the campaign, and if you’re conservative, that never works.”

Romney will debate Obama for the first time Oct. 3 at the University of Denver.

“If he gives Obama an inch of room,” Gingrich said, “Obama will dance around him because Obama – he has Bill Clinton’s ability to say anything without Clinton’s charm.”

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