POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:46pm
UPDATED: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 4:11pm
Newt Gingrich gambled his newfound frontrunner status with a bold statement about illegal immigration during Tuesday night's GOP Presidential debate.
"I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century, and I'm prepared to take the heat for saying, 'Let's be humane in enforcing the law'" Gingrich said.
On Wednesday Mitt Romney was pushing back.
"People who come here illegally should not have a special break," Romney said.
Romney appears to be doubling down in Iowa, where he's still struggling to connect with conservatives. Far from the campaign fray, President Obama was pardoning turkeys at the White House. Two months from now Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina will be settled and the GOP field clarified.
But for now...
"Conservatives are continuing to look around for an alternative, and at the moment, they seem to like Newt Gingrich, but it's hard to tell whether he has staying power," says political analyst Stu Rothenberg.
The latest polls show President Obama ahead of the leading Republican candidates, but not by much.