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Making the rounds on the internet is a video interview Mitt Romney did in 1994 with a high school student in Medfield, Massachusetts. The interview showcases the awkwardness of both the interviewer and interviewee.

Watch below:

In a meeting with Donald Trump, Newt Gingrich suggested Trump begin a program to help poor children in New York. Speaking to the press after the meeting, Trump announced that he was dedicated to the program and would make 10 poor children his “apprenti.” It’s unclear what this program would consist of or what these ten children would learn from Trump.

Speaking to the press after a meeting with Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump said he would hold off endorsing a presidential candidate until after the NewsMax debate he is hosting on December 27.

Newt Gingrich has agreed to appear at that debate. Rick Santorum apparently has too. Ron Paul and Jon Hunstman have rejected appearing. The rest of the field is unclear.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced on Monday that France and Germany will propose a new European Union treaty, Reuters reports:

This treaty would include automatic sanctions for states who fail to meet the 3 percent deficit rule, as well as a budget-balancing rule across the euro zone.

Back when it looked like Mitt Romney’s biggest threat was Rick Perry, his campaign started attacking the Texas governor as a “career politician.” The Perry menace may have somewhat faded for Romney, but the Democrats aren’t letting him forget that line. Today the Democratic National Committee launched a new web video attacking Mitt Romney for the very same thing. Watch the ad below.

Last night, Newt Gingrich left the campaign trail to attend the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., honoring artists including Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond. According to the Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman, Gingrich promised attendees that if elected president, he would be a big supporter of the Kennedy Center Honors.

In a sign of just how differently the coming Iowa caucuses are proving from those in the other cycles, The Hill reports that no candidate has more than one office in the state. Even former PA Senator Rick Santorum, the only candidate to have visited all 99 counties, is constrained by budget reasons to having just one office.

Mitt Romney is sending his most prominent surrogate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ®, to Iowa this week, where Newt Gingrich has a strong lead in several recent polls. According to the campaign, Christie will be headlining a rally at Kum & Go Headquarters, an Iowa convenience store chain, in Des Moines on Wednesday.

Ron Paul launched a new TV ad in Iowa and New Hampshire on Monday titled “Big Dog” to push the message that Paul is the only candidate who will actually cut spending. In the ad, five different government departments go up in smoke, and Paul pledges to cut $1 trillion per year from the federal budget in his first year. When it comes to cutting spending, the ad says, Paul’s opponents whine “like little shih tzus.”

Asked whether he was looking forward to receiving a potential endorsement from Herman Cain, Gingrich said “I hope so.”

Gingrich is meeting with Republican kingmaker Donald Trump in New York today.