Five Republican presidential candidates appeared at a forum in Columbia Monday. The event was hosted by the conservative American Principles Project.
Each of the candidates had 20 minutes to answer questions from Senator Jim DeMint, Iowa Congressman Steve King, and Princeton law professor Robert George.
Here is former Georgia Congressman and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Political analysts said former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had the best performance of his struggling campaign. He hardly shied away from criticizing Washington, “We’re in grave danger of decaying from citizenship to being subjects,” he said, “We’re in grave danger of the center of power, of sovereignty, leaving you the people and going to the Washington bureaucrats.”
Gingrich had a memorable line on immigration when he said, as president, he would force the Department of Homeland Security to better control the border.
He also mentioned the University of South Carolina’s ugly win Saturday against East Carolina, saying he identified with teams that “fumble early in the game and still come back”– a reference to his own struggling campaign.