Gingrich Campaign Complains About Clapping at Debate Where They Demanded Clapping

So, remember earlier this week when Newt Gingrich got in a huff about people being told not to clap and cheer at debates? Turns out that only applies to his supporters.

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So, remember earlier this week when Newt Gingrich got in a huff about people being told not to clap and cheer at debates? Turns out that only applies to his supporters. He's not in favor of applause if it comes from Romney's people. After Thursday's debate, the Gingrich campaign cried foul, saying Romney had "packed the room" with his supporters because he got a lot more applause. "They definitely packed the room," one senior Gingrich staffer told Huffington Post. Another "said in an email that it was 'obvious' that the Romney campaign had worked to make sure the audience was overly favorable toward the former Massachusetts governor." Well, Gingrich did kind of ask for it when he complained all week that muting audiences was tantamount to quelling their First Amendment rights. Naturally, the Florida Republican Party denies it conspired with Romney to pack the room, and spokesman Brian Hughes sounded just a touch annoyed with the Gingrich campaign's allegation. "We worked very hard to ensure that the room was rank-and-file folks who represent the electorate that these guys are trying to speak to," he told HuffPo. Just hang tight, Florida Republican Party. The primary circus will be out of your hair in less than a week.

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