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Gingrich: Candidates look like 'game show contestants'

Gingrich thinks the presidential debates resemble a game show.

ATLANTA (CNN) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich still hasn't decided on a bid for the White House, but if the Georgia Republican does throw his hat in the ring, don't expect to see him on many of the televised debates.

Gingrich made it clear that he is not a fan of the recent debates, calling them "game show" like and a "pathetic dance," in remarks Thursday at a luncheon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Gingrich said it is "fundamentally wrong" for 10 people to look like "game show contestants," each eagerly awaiting for a television celebrity to give them a chance to answer in 30 seconds a question which by definition you can't answer in 30seconds."

Gingrich then took off to sign copies of his newest book, "Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th."

-- CNN Political Desk Editor Marissa Muller

Related: Gingrich: '08 field 'demeaning the presidency'

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