After Newt Gingrich was declared the winner of the South Carolina primary Saturday night, Karl Rove suggested that the candidate has CNN’s John King to thank for his victory in the Palmetto State.

“Taking on the media is always good in a Republican primary,” Rove said on Fox News. “John King couldn’t have set up the question in a more positive way for Gingrich to just nail it and haul it right out of the park.”

During Thursday’s CNN-sponsored GOP presidential debate, King had kicked off the event by directing his first question at the former House speaker, asking him about an interview with his ex-wife, Marianne, that had aired earlier in the day.

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