Nightly News | December 10, 2011
HOLT: Gregory is moderator of " Meet the Press ." He joins us now from our Washington newsroom. David , did the Romney camp see this Gingrich train coming? And would you expect them to go on the attack or wait and hope for him to implode?
DAVID GREGORY reporting: I think the early part of the strategy was to let the other candidates kind of flame out, honestly. That's the experience they've seen so far. Gingrich was different. He immediately became a more lasting front-runner. Tonight, yes, I do think you'll see Romney , rather in a targeted way, going after Gingrich .
I don't think he'll make it personal, but look for two distinct areas: ideology and then temperament and leadership. I think there's no question that Romney wants to say to voters, 'Look, this is a political philosopher. This is somebody that you can't really trust who's going to zigzag all over the place . At a time when Washington needs to change the way it does business, you need somebody who can bring kind of a steadier hand, a more even keel.' That's the contrast he's going to try to paint.
HOLT: And of course, it's not going to be just Gingrich taking body blows at this debate. Clearly President Obama will take his share. There's a new network news poll out tonight, David . It shows just 41 percent of Americans think Obama has done a good enough job to be re-elected. I know it's early in the game, but can the White House easily dismiss that kind of sentiment?
GREGORY: No, they can't. And I think that anytime an approval rating for a president goes below 45 percent, it's a big red light for any incumbent president. It's about the economy and it's also about emotion. You know, the fight for the middle class that president talked about this week. Emotion is fueling the conservative race for the presidency as well. That's why so many conservatives want to see Gingrich debate Romney ...
HOLT: David ...
GREGORY: ...and debate the president, of course.
HOLT: David Gregory . David , thanks. And we want to remind folks that fresh off tonight's debate, Congressman Ron Paul will be among David 's guests on " Meet