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This Super Bowl Sunday, Newt Gingrich made news on Meet the Press as he discussed the path forward for his presidential campaign after a loss in Nevada. The New York Times covered David Gregory’s interview with Gingrich: “’Our goal is to get to Super Tuesday, where we’re in much more favorable territory,’ Mr. Gingrich said on ‘Meet the Press.’ He said he was well positioned to win in Georgia and other Southern states.” CNN also highlighted Gingrich’s “Super Tuesday” comment on MTP, noting: “Gingrich is scaling back some expectations, outlining a survival strategy while continuing to boldly predict he will remain a viable force in the four-man race.”

Gingrich criticized President Barack Obama, as well as his Republican rival Mitt Romey, this Sunday. He blasted the Obama administration’s health care law – particularly a policy on contraception in religious hospitals, as ABC News reported: “ ‘This is a tremendous infringement of religious liberty,’ Newt Gingrich said on NBC's ‘Meet the Press.’ ‘Every time you turn around the secular government is shrinking the rights of religious institutions in America.’" And the Boston Globe noted that the Former House Speaker  "shows no sign of letting up on his attacks against Mitt Romney, despite losing Saturday’s Nevada caucuses to Romney by a large margin.”

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick also joined David to talk politics and a little football.  “Bloomberg, an independent, told David Gregory of NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that the president needs to deal with the exploding national debt,” a Washington Times article said.  While Patrick defended the White House’s policies, Daniels said he’s not ready to celebrate like others have over the recent drop in jobless numbers. The Washington Times article noted, “’You know, in today’s parlance, the economy is down 30 points, and we just kicked a field goal,’ Mr. Daniels said, speaking from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis a few hours before the Super Bowl. ‘I think I’d keep the champagne on ice.’”