Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says if he wins the GOP nomination, he'll challenge President Obama to a series of three-hour debates in the style of the Lincoln and Douglas debates held during the 1860 election.
The idea of the former House speaker as the Republican nominee is not as far-fetched as it was just a few weeks ago.
Gingrich has come from behind and is now at the top of the pack, along with Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, according to recent polls.
A McClatchy-Marist poll showed Romney in the lead at 23 percent, Gingrich in second at 19 percent and Cain in third at 17 percent.
"Our model is the tortoise. Every day we get up and go a few more steps in the right direction," Gingrich said.
Until recently his campaign appeared to be bogged down.
After several strong debate appearances and a tough week for some of the other GOP presidential hopefuls, Gingrich is now what some are calling "the flavor of the week."