April 2nd, 2009
11:56 AM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich warns of third party in 2012

The former Republican Speaker discussed 2012 during a recent speech at a Missouri college.

The former Republican Speaker discussed 2012 during a recent speech at a Missouri college.

(CNN) - Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is warning of a third party mutiny in 2012 if Republicans don’t figure out a way to shape up.

“If the Republicans can’t break out of being the right wing party of big government, then I think you would see a third party movement in 2012,” Gingrich said Tuesday. The speech, to a group of students at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri, was recorded by Springfield TV station KY3.

But Gingrich, bemoaning President Barack Obama’s “monstrosity of a budget,” acknowledged that Republicans are partially to blame for the escalation in federal spending.

"Remember, everything Obama’s doing, Bush started last year,” he said. “If you’re going to talk about big spending, the mistakes of the Bush administration last year are fully as bad as the mistakes of Obama’s first two, three months.”

Gingrich told the students that the current governmental system “is so sick, so out of touch and so arrogant that you’re going to have a nationwide rebellion at the polls of people in both parties who are just fed up.”

“You can do a Facebook page, you can Twitter,” he said. “I Twitter right now and I think we’re at like, I don’t know, 18,000 or 20,000 thousand people that follow my Twitter, which I have to say I think is nuts. But there are ways to communicate, you’re not trapped by CBS news.”

Gingrich has repeatedly said that he will decide in early 2011 whether he plans to seek the White House in 2012.

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  1. Baze

    Very truthful words, however, if a third party doesn't start courting the public soon, then the votes are going to be randomly split amongst the egregious amount of minor parties that are floating around out there.

    April 2, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  2. Shadysider

    At least Gingrich seems to be showing some honesty and the ability to be reasonable, unlike many of his Republican cohorts.

    April 2, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Scott AZ

    Oh I don't think it's just the republicans having to worry about a 3rd party, when Obama get's done with this country by 2012, I'm sure a lot of democrats will be ready to look for something new too.

    April 2, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Bob the Observer

    If Gingrich runs as a Republican in 2012, you bet I'll be voting third party. The same goes for Romney and a lot of other Republicans.

    A third party has been the hot discussion for over a year now. I guess Newt finally got wind of it.

    April 2, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Dennis

    Vote Libertarian!

    April 2, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Steve In California

    This is one of the few times I completely and fully agree with Newt. If the Republicans as they are today do not get their act together, a third, very viable party will form in the near future. The Republican Party, as it stands today, is no longer a party with any power, with any organization, or with any message to any but a very few people. It is obvious that Bush not only ruined vast swaths of the government, but he also ruined his party. The party must realign itself with it's old core values, and then not just talk about the values while doing something completely different, but actually show Americans that the old-style Republican values are back. If they do not do this they are, as they say, "toast".

    A third party would be a breath of fresh air. A party that positions itself between the extreme right and the extreme left would be a winning concept. We can only hope that it will happen.

    April 2, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. President Obama Brings It!

    Wouldn't a third party split the Republican vote?

    April 2, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. jay

    Bravo Mr. Gingrich, become the leader of the movement. You have my vote.

    April 2, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    Newt baby. There is a third party. Conact Ross Perot you too could team up. No the Republicans are not ending. But they are out of power, and they deserve to be. How long? As the ticker likes to say "your party is awaiting moderation" good luck with that.

    April 2, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. Mia and Mike

    As Independents, Newt Gingrich has always had a way of getting our attention and making a lot more sense then the other leading members of his party. While I don't think the Republicans have much of a chance in 2012, Newt would probably be their best candidate. He shoots straight from the hip and doesn't have a problem telling it like it is regardless of who is at fault, and I like that.

    April 2, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Why is it a "warning" about a third party? I can think of nothing better.

    The once-Grand Old Party has become a party of bigotry, intolerance, and self-righteousness. It long ago abandoned the principles of its founding, those of small government, fiscal responsibility, respect for individuals, and a respect for the sovereignty of other nations.

    And in abandoning those principles, it abandoned a lot of people like me. I would love to see a third party arise out of the collapse of the Republican Party, a party, call it what you will, that embraces rather than perverts the philosophies of Taft and Goldwater.

    April 2, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. Spencer, Virginia

    The republican party will not be relevant come 2012. It will eventually have to be broken up into neo-cons, conservatives & moderates. If the party splits up, Democrats will rule.

    April 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. ran

    This guy is so out of touch with most Americans. He is the old and proven wrong way to go. If he and the others so call leadership of the republican party is all that is being offered then the Democrats have nothing to worry about nor do we the people.

    April 2, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Third Party Warning? It's a blessing.

    The best thing that could happen to this country in over 200 years would be the emergence of a strong viable Independent Party. It would be a blessing, and it would shift the balance of power forever. With the Democrats going further left, and the Republicans going further right, and with both staking life long claims to DC power with no term limits, a third party would be just the ticket Americans would flock to. A party where the voters could vote for the person and the issues, and not be swayed by party loyalty and party brainwashing. It would force both major parties to move towards the center, and it would give Americans a chance to break up the career beauracrats and the axis of evil which has manifested itself in red and blue states.

    April 2, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. gt

    there needs to be a 3 rd party... the 60/40 of the voters in the middle have no voice no matter the party

    April 2, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. bc

    I would not be surprised to see the mainstream GOP become the party of moderate Republicans and win back a lot of moderate voters who were put off by the vocal far-right fringe. The right wing fringe could then have thier own party with Rush and those guys leading the way. Not a bad idea, really...

    April 2, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Michael J,

    Spearker Gingrich is right, the Republicans are so unorganized they look like being on the verge of breaking up.

    April 2, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. podo3500

    Newt Gingrich is bloody right. The only problem is that he is badly connected with the OLD LEAGUE. These are a series of all Republicans families, like the Bush (father), The Sheldon Silverstones, Mercedes , Bob Dole and some GOP writeouts.

    He will come up with a third party because he wouldn't get the normination of the Republican party and even if he had it wouldn't win.
    So it's going to be very hard for him. The truth is that the Republicans need a new breed of Law makers and congress entries. The party is full of old folks, old ideas and out dated principles.

    April 2, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Bgail


    We already rebelled at the voting box! That's why you guys are in the minority!

    April 2, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Ann

    Why did it take so long for a leading politician to figure this out?
    It's as if everything filters down the pipeline to the supposed "leaders" for them to actually agree and utter these things about three or four months after someone has already posted this on a blog.
    Perhaps they should have their own blog site?

    April 2, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. mag

    Hey fellow Conservatives, let's rally behind Newt and form a 3rd Party – with strong focus on fiscally conservatism. Our priority should be total spending freeze even on military and healthcare, and no new taxes.

    April 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Dean from Maine

    Good idea. Would like to see even more parties emerge from the shadows...independence...green...libs...etc...real competition will help bring out the best qualities of all Americans.

    April 2, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. phoenix86

    Newt, you have my vote. I think you're the only one making sense in politics these days.

    April 2, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Irma in North Carolina

    I think the problems the republicans that are In DC they go against everything that the president is trying to do. They have to get over the bitter fact that Sarah and John lost the election. And they better throw out some better canidates then Sarah, Bobby ,Mark. Newt and Mitt arent too bad. It is for sure Sarah and Bobby will go down first.

    April 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. jfs Memhis, Tn

    He's absolutely correct. Unless the GOP can find its way back to the center...and frankly, its moderate roots.....there will a move to either the Democrats as in the last two elections...or another Party such as Ross Perot's Group.

    April 2, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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