Newt Gingrich: 'Barack Obama Is No Ronald Reagan'

Updated 1:10 p.m.

After entering the auditorium at the Marriott Wardman Park like a returning hero -- thanks, in no small part, to the blasting beat of the 1982 Rocky III comeback song, "Eye of the Tiger" -- former House speaker New Gingrich delivered a well-received red-meat lecture to the assembled at CPAC.

His major applause line involved rebuking Time magazine's recent cover story comparing Obama and Reagan. "Barack Obama is no Ronald Reagan," Gingrich declared.

One thing to note: it may be his theme song, but "Eye of the Tiger" is music from the deep past for many of those attending the conference, which draws thousands of college students. Those born the year the song was released turn 29 this year.

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Garance Franke-Ruta is a former senior editor covering national politics at The Atlantic.

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