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Gingrich Left 'Speechless' By Young Voter's 'Old People' Question

MEREDITH, N.H. (CBS) - It's not easy leaving Newt Gingrich at a loss for words, but it happened Thursday night.

He went up to Meredith, New Hampshire to try to convince a few hundred Tea Party members that he's their candidate in Tuesday's GOP Presidential Primary.

At one point, a young man asked Gingrich what he would do for the future of the younger generation.

But the man took a unique way of asking the question.

Listen to WBZ NewsRadio's audio of the exchange:


"I know that many people in this room are on their way out," the unidentified man said.

"I say that in a respectful way, that in maybe ten years, a lot of people in this room will have passed away."

That line drew laughter from the crowd, as the man said, "I'm serious."

"Well that's certainly a level of optimism we haven't had all day," Gingrich replied, adding the man should "revise and extend" his remarks for the audience and not defend the initial statement because "it's gonna get worse, believe me."

"I noticed that in my age bracket no one cares about politics because it is something for old people, I say that respectfully," the man continued, "because it seems like a lot of the issues are catered to them."

Then he got to his question.

"I would like to know what hope I have as a hard-working, young individual, what change will you actually accomplish in Washington? What can be done in eight years that will affect the life that I have yet to live, that you have already lived?"

That drew more laughter and applause from the crowd.

"You know, there are moments in this business where I'm just left speechless," Gingrich said.

What do you think?  Are politics just for 'old people'?

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