Cain asks Newt about being veep

The Hill's GOP12 reporter, Christian Heinze, spotlights a lighter moment from Saturday's debate between Republican presidential hopefuls Herman Cain and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.).

"Mr. Speaker, if you were vice president of the United States, what would you want the president to assign you to do first?" asked Cain to laughter from the crowd and Gingrich.

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO and Gingrich engaged in a one-on-one discussion Saturday organized by the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC as a “Lincoln-Douglas-style" debate focused on detailed policy discussions.

Although the event was modeled on the legendary debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in the 1858 Illinois Senate campaign, it lacked any of the passionate disagreements that characterized that race. Gingrich and Cain were in sync on nearly every issue and went out of their way to praise each other.

To watch the full debate, click here.

Meghashyam Mali and Brendan Sasso contributed to this story.