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Gingrich: Obama Burdened by Libya, Hurricane Sandy

Oct. 28, 2012

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday the Benghazi, Libya, attacks and Hurricane Sandy will weigh down President Barack Obama's campaign.

In an appearance on ABC's "This Week," Gingrich said Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta refused to obey Obama's order to get aid to the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi -- and he believes that will hurt the president's campaign for re-election.

"If the president is telling the truth and he actually instructed his assistants to get aid to Benghazi, we're now being told that the secretary of defense canceled that," said Gingrich, who was a candidate this year for the Republican president nomination that eventually went to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

"And I think these kind of things all drag down the Obama campaign. You'll notice he's canceling his trips over the hurricane. He did not cancel his trips over Benghazi. And so you have to wonder, between Benghazi, the price of gasoline, and unemployment, just how much burden the president's going to carry into this last week."

Gingrich said he's certain Romney will win both the popular and electoral votes.

"... I think it's very unlikely he can win a significant popular victory vote and not carry the Electoral College," Gingrich said.

Source: Copyright United Press International 2012

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