"Face the Nation" transcript: January 22, 2012

Below is a rush transcript of "Face the Nation" on January 22, 2012, hosted by CBS News chief Washington correspondent and "Face the Nation" anchor Bob Schieffer. The guests are: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; former Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Wall Street Journal columnist Kelly Evans; and Time Magazine columnist Joe Klein

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BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION, Newt Gingrich, yes, Newt Gingrich pulls it off and wins South Carolina and he's with us this morning on FACE THE NATION. Everywhere you looked in South Carolina, there he was.

NEWT GINGRICH (Republican Presidential Candidate/Former House Speaker): What kind of Chik-fil-A sandwich would you like?

BOB SCHIEFFER: And it worked. He won't have to sell chicken sandwiches full time just yet.

NEWT GINGRICH: The order, I want at least is to get your votes today. Thank you.

BOB SCHIEFFER: He crunched the once front-runner in South Carolina Mitt Romney in the upset of the year and hits to the next stop, the win that is back.

NEWT GINGRICH: We're now moving on to Florida and beyond.

(crowd cheering)

BOB SCHIEFFER: Mitt Romney was left to state the obvious.

MITT ROMNEY: We've-- we still got a long way to go.

BOB SCHIEFFER: And it all happened in spite of Gingrich's ex-wife downloading nasty allegations for all to hear.

MARIANNE GINGRICH (ABC News): I-- he was asking me to have an open marriage.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Gingrich turned it around with an attack on the media.

NEWT GINGRICH (CNN): And I'm appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.

(crowd cheering)

BOB SCHIEFFER: South Carolina voters seemed to agree and Gingrich is with us this morning to tell us what comes next.

Then, we'll bring in former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham for analysis of a wild political week that have little of everything, including a singing President.

(President Barack Obama Singing)

BOB SCHIEFFER: This is FACE THE NATION.

ANNOUNCER: From CBS News in Washington FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Good morning again. And it was a stunner. Newt Gingrich won South Carolina in a landslide. He bet-- beat Mitt Romney who was leading all the polls at the beginning of the week. He got forty percent of the vote. Romney got twenty-eight percent. And the others were far behind. Good morning to you, Mister Speaker. And I'm going to start with the obvious question. How did you pull this off?

NEWT GINGRICH: Well, I think I didn't pull it off. I think the people of South Carolina did. They wanted somebody who is tough enough and bold enough to take on Obama because they really want to beat Obama. They also wanted somebody who was committed to jobs and economic growth because frankly South Carolina is really hurting. And-- and the Obama administration has made it hurt worse with their war against Boeing and-- and the National Labor Relations Board and other things they've been doing. In addition, I think South Carolinians were the first state to really understand how liberal Governor Romney's record was as the governor of Massachusetts. And I think there was-- he-- he lost, I think, probably fifteen or twenty points over the course of the two weeks as people began to realize that he had been pro-choice, pro-gun control, uh-huh, pro-tax increase and a whole range of areas that despite his advertising and-- and-- and his, you know, pretending, it's clear that he was way to the left of South Carolinians.

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