In the debate at the Reagan Library among GOP presidential hopefuls Speaker Newt refused to be drawn in to the media attempt to create a feeding frenzy targeting Texas Governor Rick Perry. In an early question Newt was asked to explain writing a forward praising Perry's book "Fed Up." Newt didn't take the bait and responded, "if he wants to write another book, I'll write another foreword."
But Newt really got fired up later. In an attempt to draw Newt into criticizing Perry and Romney, the former Speaker reacted very strongly:
Newt Gingrich to moderator John Harris of Politico: "I am frankly not interested in your effort to get Republicans fighting with each other...I for one and I hope that all of my friends up here are going to repudiate every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other, to protect Barack Obama who deserves to be defeated. And all of us are committed as a team. Whoever the nominee is, we are all for defeating Barack Obama."