One of the biggest applause lines of the night was when Newt Gingrich, responding to a long (and embarrassing for the moderators) line of questions trying to pin candidates down on gay marriage, contraception and gay adoption, responded as follows:

Newt’s response engendered praise even from two of the people who have been uniformly vicious and insulting towards Newt, in what surely were temporary lapses:

Ann Coulter:

Jennifer Rubin:


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