Moderates triumphed at the '76 convention but their candidate, Ronald Reagan, lost the general election in the fall, Anthony Camerano/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to the media at the Union League Club following an earlier meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Dec. 5 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Speaking to reporters at the White House this morning, the president decried the "carnival barkers" who have been asking for proof he was born in Hawaii. Jewel Samad /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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