On the Trail: Jan. 17

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  • 011712 politics on the trail newt gingrich
  • 011712 politics on the trail jon huntsman
  • 011712 politics on the trail rick perry
  • 011712 politics on the trail ron paul
  • 011712 politics on the trail mitt romney
  • 011712 politics on the trail rick santorum

Newt Gingrich

Speaking at a breakfast on Monday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Newt Gingrich told the audience that the first bill he co-sponsored was one to make King’s birthday a legal holiday. "As a Georgian, I felt a particular obligation to stand up and say this was the right thing to do," he said. But later that night at the GOP debate, Gingrich defended calling President Obama a “food stamps president” and advocating that poor children take jobs as janitors to learn a work ethic, which critics say belittles the poor and racial minorities. —Joyce Jones

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