Former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) praised Vice President Pence for his “remarkable” debate performance against Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Deadline accidentally publishes story about Pence being diagnosed with COVID-19 Companies distance from pro-Trump commentator after vulgar Harris tweet MORE (D-Calif.) on Wednesday night, and urged President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Trump chastises Whitmer for calling him ‘complicit’ in extremism associated with kidnapping scheme Trump says he hopes to hold rally Saturday despite recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE to “study” Pence’s style in preparing for his next debate against Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Experts predict record election turnout as more than 6.6 million ballots cast in early voting tally Trump-appointed global media chief sued over allegations of pro-Trump agenda MORE.
“I thought Vice President Pence did a remarkable job the other night, which I really hope the president will study,” Gingrich told “Outnumbered Overtime” anchor Harris Faulkner.
“He was calm. He was focused. He would go back and say, ‘You didn’t answer the question,’ ” he continued. “He wasn’t hostile. He just stayed on her. And I think, as a result, he had a very good evening. And the country had a much better sense of what a radical Kamala Harris is.”
Trump was roundly criticized for his debate style in his first showdown with Biden last month, with the event from Cleveland marred by interruptions and personal insults. Biden has seen a bump in polling since the first debate with the election just 24 days away.
The tweet comes after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday the planned Oct. 15 debate moderated by Steve Scully would be conducted virtually.
Trump quickly shot down the proposal, while the Biden campaign announced it would participate in an ABC town hall instead.
The final debate between Trump and Biden is scheduled for Oct. 22.