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Newt Gingrich attacks Mitt Romney on immigration, fights off infidelity question and laughs at idea of Romney as running mate

Newt Gingrich was in the Univisión hot seat Wednesday morning, sitting for a feisty-yet-friendly interview that centered on immigration but also ran the gamut of buzz issues for Miami's influential Hispanic electorate.

Gingrich spoke for a half hour with Univisión reporter Jorge Ramos at the network's Doral headquarters as part of a "Meet the Candidates" session hosted along with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Miami Dade College. Mitt Romney will sit down with Ramos Wednesday afternoon in downtown Miami. The two GOP presidential primary front runners are in South Florida Wednesday fighting for the coveted Hispanic Republican vote.

Ramos tried to paint Gingrich into a corner by asking him why the candidate opposes immigration reform. Gingrich says he favors reform -- and criticized Ramos' definition of "reform," to legalize about 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

"I'm not going to let you define what immigration reform is," Gingrich said, firm though his tone was still amiable. "That's your definition...Jorge, you're never going to get that done."

The interview started with Cuba, with Gingrich reiterating his position that the U.S. should not only worry about revolutions in the Middle East but also about bringing change to the Castro regime on the island. He called the American approach thus far "baloney." "The people of Cuba deserve freedom," he said. Later he referred to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez as "the young Fidel."

Ramos focused largely on immigration, asking Gingrich what he thought about the "self-deportation" idea Romney put forth in Monday's debate in Tampa. Gingrich laughed and replied, "Oh, come on," and asked Ramos a question.

"How close were you breaking out laughing out loud at this fantasy?" he said. Ramos smiled and posed his initial question again.

"You have to live in a world of Swiss bank accounts and Cayman Island bank accounts...to have some fantasy this far from reality," Gingrich said. "For Romney to believe that somebody's grandmother is going to be so so cut off that she's going to self-deport, I mean, this is an Obama-level fantasy."

As for why one of his Spanish-language radio ads calls Romney "anti-immigrant," Gingrich said, "He certainly shows no concern for the humanity of the people that are here," saying Romney's proposal to "deport grandfathers and grandmothers" is "never gonna happen."

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican on the vice-presidential nominee short list, scolded Gingrich in an interview with The Miami Herald over his "anti-immigrant" characterization of Romney.

Ramos took a detour from immigration only to ask Gingrich why he so ardently pushed for President Bill Clinton's impeachment while Gingrich, too, was carrying on an extra-marital affair. Gingrich pushed Ramos back, saying as speaker he criticized the president for lying under oath -- not for having an affair.

"I've been through two divorces," Gingrich said. "I've been deposed both times under oath. Both times I told the truth...He knew he was lying under oath. He knew it was perjury."

Ramos also asked Gingrich about past comments where he referred to Spanish as the language of the "ghetto." "I said -- about all languages -- I am for English as the common, unifying language," he said. "If I were going to live in Mexico, I would say that Spanish is really important for me to learn."

Gingrich started and ended the interview in Spanish, saying good morning and welcoming Chamber members and college students in the audience. They later asked him questions that also centered on immigration and U.S. policy toward Latin America.

One student asked Gingrich if students born in the U.S. to undocumented parents should be allowed to pay in-state college tuition at public schools. Yes, Gingrich said. Undocumented students, however, should have to pay out-of-state tuition -- but still be able to attend school, he added.

Gingrich seemed most amused when Ramos asked him if he would consider naming Romney his running mate. Gingrich laughed, looked away, covered his eyes with his right hand and said, "I hope you ask him that.

"I think the idea to Mitt of being the vice president on my ticket would be the sort of thing that would drive him back to a recluse from public life," Gingrich said.

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hollaye

Gingrich has no problem being cruel to women, I have notice that he said he atoned for his sins but he never really learned his lesson, why would he drag his adultress wife around with him on his campaign, how embarrassing for her.She did not want to go through all of this mess but he bought her off with a million dollar necklace. Just like he buys everyone else off.He is a disgrace to the American people, especially to women.

Deb Bennett

Newt is a true Washington poltician, a true hypocrite. His only pursuit in life is to feed his already bloated ego. He is only for Newt, not for the people. He makes Obama look good, in more ways than one. His baggage he will bring to the election will be more than what is at the MIA baggage claim during the holidays. He uses religion as a means to pander for votes. He inflicts pain for gain. Pathetic he is.

Jake

Gingrich is typical Washington insider.

Ran amock as Speaker and forced to resign over ethics issues.

Stayed on government gravy train as lobbyist for Freddie Mac.

Left not one, but TWO sick wives for mistresses before "finding" religion.

Gave speeches in favor of Cap & Trade and even sat with Nancy Pelosi to support the issue.

If he was ever given presidential power, his huge ego would bring out this true maniac. But be sure that Obama and his political machine would hammer all these points and bring more skeletons out of the closet before that happens. A vote for Gingrich is a vote for Obama's second term.

arale norimaki

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Why do the pro illegal natural assume all Hispanics support illegal immigration?

there is a difference between Illegal and Legal immigration. All sides of the immigration debate need to recognize that distinction in order to hold productive debate.


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Seems like a double standard. If you come from Cuba you are granted automatic residency, but if you come from other countries you need to have the proper documentation

Daniel

Newt, what an appropriate name, will never even get to smell the oval office. Enjoy the headlines while they last, buddy.

raymad

MARCO RUBIO SHOULD SCOLD THE WHOLE GOP. THEY R
ANTI-IMMIGRATION, THEY SAY THEIR ARE NOT, BUT
THEY ARE.NO POOR PEOPLE, NO IMMIGRANTS, NO OLD
PEOPLE. JUST YOUNG,RICH, WHITE,AMERICAN BORNED.
IT'S A GREAT, ALL INCLUSIVE PARTY. ISN'T IT.

Johnnie2orlando

Gingrich is certainly good at zipping out the one liners and being emotional on the debate stage - but he sure is turning out to be a hypocrite and the never-ending revelations about his past are just embarassing.

The final straw for us? Gingrich being paid by the chief lobbyist of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Why would would any Floridian with a home mortgage that is in trouble or under wate vote for Next Gingrich? He is one of the politicians that helped bring about our housing crisis in Florida as a result of Freddie and Fannie!

My neighbors and I have decided to shift our support and vote instead for Romney.

Divineigo

Which was the dumbest move in cipotils is years?1. Obama & Biden on tape saying We talk to and listen to Jon Corzine, for money issues, ideas and advice on what to do everyday 2. Herman Cain sayiny i was set up , I will not quit, but i am rethinking my Presidental Run. things are So bad, Gingrich will be on the ballot. Only thing that can save Romney is Christie, but he is out (and it makes ya think, what is in Christie's closet?) early release I/M's murdering people, instead of being locked up?what else did his brother rig, cheat or insider trade on? new Name for next years Presidental Contest Dumb vrs Dumber sad part is WE all lose either way, One guy wants to give it all away (your money) the other wants to take it away from you for himself.

Brenda

Santorum: let’s be honest, at least Donald Trump will have more in cmomon with the candidates than with the vast majority of past moderators. Man's definitely got a point, there if we're going to have campaign by debate , then let's make it a debate, not one more in a series of opportunities for left-leaning, pro-Democrap moderators to strut their stupid gotcha-stabs.At last a debate I'm interested in seeing and hearing.Why aren't Huntsman and some of the other second- or third-string hopefuls getting in on this, too? This could be their only real shot.

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