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Asked If Social Conservatives Are Hurting GOP, Gingrich Invokes Reagan, Himself

At a coffee shop in Muscatine, Iowa, Tuesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was asked whether nominating a social conservative might sink the party's chances of winning the White House in November.

Muscatine is in a more moderate part of eastern Iowa, and the man who asked the question told Gingrich there are many business people — fiscal conservatives — who don't agree with the GOP platform positions on abortion, gay rights and other issues. The man asked Gingrich if social conservatives are throwing fiscal conservatives "under the bus."

Gingrich responded that he is the one candidate who can pull all three wings of the party — fiscal conservatives, social conservatives and foreign policy conservatives — together.

And Gingrich once again invoked former President Ronald Reagan as an example of someone who did the same.

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