What’s Newt Gingrich’s Second-Favorite Inspirational Movie?

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Hi Rocky face?Photo: Spencer Platt/2011 Getty Images

This morning, Newt Gingrich released a new campaign ad that, as sharp-eared listeners noticed, was set to the soundtrack from Rudy. (Perhaps on heavy rotation along with The Hangover and Bridesmaids in the Gingrich home?) But the ad won't be associated with that particular underdog tale for long: The Gingrich campaign didn't actually license the use of the music, which, a spokesman told Politico's Ben Smith, is a "placeholder" that will be replaced by something more generic for the ad's television airing. That, too, reinforces the underdog aura, we suppose — and the campaign plans to make a habit of this licensing fee–driven bait-and-switch.

For future placeholder music the campaign is auditioning soundtracks from the movies Rocky, Miracle (The story of the '80 U.S. Olympic Hockey team) and Hoosiers. Not to be left out we are also considering scores from the movies Braveheart and Seabiscuit.

Not the famous inspirational tale, Pokémon: The Movie 2000?