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Wayne Newton Says Mitt Romney Won Las Vegas GOP Debate, But Endorses Michele Bachmann (VIDEO)

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In the spin room after the GOP debate, there was one person to whom everyone turned for his take on who won the night: Wayne Newton.

Yes, "Mr. Las Vegas" himself was in the audience Tuesday night, and he held court before a throng of reporters afterward.

"I thought Gov. Romney handled himself extremely well," Newton said. "He handled himself in a way I would have been proud of if he had been representing our country. I thought some of the other remarks were beneath the dignity of what the debates were about. I think all in all, if I had to pick a winner, it would be Gov. Romney"

Newton told PJTV's Alexis Garcia that the GOP candidates would make a "great showroom act for Las Vegas, if we could get them all together."

According to NBC, Newton came into the debate hoping to support Rick Perry but was turned off by the Texas governor's "mean-spirited" attacks on Romney.

Later in the night, though, he appeared to change his tune again, appearing with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Fox News' "On the Record."

With his arm around the Minnesota congresswoman, he told Fox's Greta Van Sustren, "I will support this beautiful lady as long as she wants to go."

“I watched the entire debate, and I don’t have to tell you how proud I was of this lady because not only did she hold her own, but she kind of stood alone and I’m not talking about being female,” Newton said. “I’m talking about the wonderful things and views that she has for America.”

Bachmann was happy to accept Newton's endorsement. "Hey, why not?" she said. "We'll take support everywhere we can, and it doesn't get better. This is a picture of America right here. This is like John Wayne, Wayne Newton, so I'm just thrilled."

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