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Interview with Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich

By Face the Nation, Face the Nation - February 5, 2012

Below is a rush transcript of "Face the Nation" on February 5, 2012, hosted by CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer. The guests are Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, author of "The Real Romney" Michael Kranish and CBS News' Norah O'Donnell and John Dickerson.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, Romney wins another one as the campaign moves west, the Wild West.

MITT ROMNEY (Republican Presidential Candidate): Thank you, Nevada.

BOB SCHIEFFER: That's three wins out of five contests for Romney, but Newt Gingrich says he's just begun to fight.

NEWT GINGRICH (Republican Presidential Candidate/Former House Speaker): We will continue to campaign all the way to Tampa.

BOB SCHIEFFER: He will be with us this morning to tell us how he plans to do that. And he's not the only one who claims the week re-energized him. Check the late night comics.

JON STEWART ("The Daily Show"): But for me, there's been an emptiness, something missing for quite some time now from the race. A mogul-shaped hole in my heart. And then this morning--

MAN (Fox News): Donald Trump expected to make a major announcement about the presidential race.

(Crowd laughter)

JON STEWART ("The Daily Show"): Thank God.

BOB SCHIEFFER: The Donald-endorsed Romney just after the frontrunner came up with one of those What Was He Thinking sound bites.

MITT ROMNEY: I-- I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there--

BOB SCHIEFFER: Excuse me.

MITT ROMNEY: And we have a safety net to help those that are very poor, but my campaign is focused on middle-income Americans.

NEWT GINGRICH: If you're a genuine conservative, first of all you don't say that you don't care about the poor.

BOB SCHIEFFER: How is all this playing with Republicans around the country? Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be here to talk about that.

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