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Newt Faces Some 'Raw' Questions : Television: Six twentysomething men and women shoot the breeze with the Speaker of the House in an MTV round-table discussion.

July 14, 1995|JANET HOOK | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Gore, who has gone to college while receiving welfare, complained that that wouldn't be possible under GOP plans to cut off welfare benefits after two years. "I would only be able to get half a B.A.," she said.

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One thing they all seemed to agree on: Politicians can't be trusted. "You can't trust anybody with power," Gingrich said. "If you loan power to somebody, watch him. If they don't do what they say they'll do, take the power back."

When Soren wrapped up the show by asking if Gingrich was going to run for the presidency in 1996, he was as evasive with the younger generation as he's been with everyone else: "Beats me."

Gingrich's appearance probably won't fuel any draft-Newt movements among the young, if the panelists' reaction is any indication. Even Brennan, the self-proclaimed Gingrich sympathizer, said after the show that he shouldn't run for the presidency. "He has a job to do as Speaker of the House," Brennan said. "The last thing this country needs is another person running for President."

"I don't think he's going to sell himself to anyone who wasn't already sold," said Khaskasa Wapenyi, a medical student who was the only black in the group. "I wasn't sold."

* "Newt: Raw" repeats Sunday at 7 p.m. on MTV.

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