“I think there are many characteristics that come out in the course of a presidential campaign from the use of words like, ‘I like firing people,’ which didn’t mean he liked firing people but he said, ‘I liked firing people,’ which sounds like I like firing people even though it wasn’t. To putting a dog on the top of a car for nine hours,” Gingrich said in January. “I mean all these different things paint a picture, all of us have pictures and the governor has to figure out whether or not that picture is electable. I wouldn’t want to debate Barack Obama with that in my background.”