Newt Gingrich, Staffless and Debt-Ridden, Turns to Google+

Newt Gingrich's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has hit some rough patches in recent weeks. First his senior staff resigned en masse. Then his fundraising team did the same. Then, in the last two days, Gingrich told reporters that the consultants who resigned had left his campaign in debt and that he'd rely on volunteers rather than pricy consultants going forward. But Gingrich struck a much more upbeat tone on Google's new social network, Google+, today, writing that his "team" is considering how to use Hangouts, a group video chat feature, to discuss wonky subjects ranging from privatizing NASA to creating personal Social Security accounts. Since Hangouts are limited to 10 people, Gingrich explained, "the topics should be very narrow so as to attract people [who] care specifically about those issues."

The post has generated several enthusiastic responses from commenters suggesting topics for discussion. But others are skeptical. "I wouldn't think that a forum of 10 people is worth your time," one person wrote. "Perhaps saving it as a sharable video where you can reach a few more people."

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