April 2nd, 2009
11:56 AM ET
5 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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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    I'm all for a third party. We the people have been betrayed by both Rep and Dem.s, both are incompitent and just puppets of Wall Street. The lobbiest have more influence then the people do. In the next election I will vote for ANY third or even forth party candidate.

    April 2, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. j

    Even old Newt admits the Repubs. practiced big gov`t the last several years as they pledged to be the party of "freedom from big gov`t !!!!!!!!

    April 2, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. bill

    Even Newt Gingrich cannot tolerate the Republican Party in its present state and what the last administration did to this country.

    April 2, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. Anthony R. Seta

    Call it the Bull Moose Party. This would be a fascinating centenial to celebrate the third party of the 1912 election when T. Roosevelt formed a third party to go against the republican incumbent Taft. The democrat W. Wilson won that year, so maybe this third party movement by conservative defections will not yield positive electoral results. Anyway, keep the movement going Gingrich – your loyalists are counting on you for guidance out of the wilderness.

    April 2, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. The Death of America by Obama

    You run for President and I'll vote for you. Everyone in my family will vote for you.

    April 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Voter

    Only a third party? It's high time we had a number of parties. The current two-party system pretty much puts a lock on ideas, and, more important with each succeeding year, a lock on power.

    That the US has deteriorated into a two-party system is our loss.

    April 2, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Independent, IL

    And this would be bad how? Gee... let's not have more than two choices. The founders were against parties to begin with. Gee... I wonder why???

    April 2, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Joe in MN

    I would consider a Libertarian moderate party...

    Lets move away from social issues and concentrate on fiscal and government ones.

    April 2, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Patriot

    There will be a third party in 2012, and hopefully it'll be the Communist Party. Capitalism is destroying our country and the rest of the world.

    April 2, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Stu, Charlotte

    Go for it, Newt. Start the "Alaska Freedom Party", and split the already dwindling Republican base.
    Nothing but good news for the Democrats !!

    April 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. a REAL American

    I would love to see Mr. Gingrich run in 2012..... he is one highly intelligent person, which is probably why the left hates him so much!

    By the way, Gingrich would smoke Obama and his teleprompter in a debate any day of the week!

    April 2, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. lefty loosy

    Third party ,all centerist would be nice.

    April 2, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. Larry B

    Newt feels people are trapped by having to watch CBS news? And watching FOX News gives us an unbiased opinion of what's going on? Get real!

    April 2, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  14. Pat Omaha, NE

    Interesting...I think Newt is trying to suck us in to believing he is really a person willing to take responsibility for the Republican mess AND maybe even his own.
    But, deep down, I'm not sure I trust him!!

    April 2, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Dan in Chicago

    He's right... as a supporter of Ron Paul/libertarian Republican (meaning I actually believe in the Constitution, fiscal conservatism/conservative principles), if we don't have a reliable/credible conservative candidate in 2012, I will not wait for one or compromise....

    If the GOP doesn't change their ways, we may very well see someone like Ron Paul launch an independent bid.... he might not win, but it might be our only choice for electing a true conservative and for returning the party to their roots.

    April 2, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Chris

    You'll probably not see a third party, but a fourth. At the rate things are going, the Republicans and Democrats will both split, which could in turn cause chaos in the electoral vote for the 2012 election.

    April 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Michael in MN

    Obama and the Democrats appear to be clusless that public outrage is not just about greedy, reckless irresponsible Wall Street. We are also outraged about reckless out of control government spending, Wall Street bailouts, and wastfull governmnent spending.
    If Obama and the Democrats don't get a clue and if Republicans don't win back the trust of being the party of small government and fisical responsiblity, there will be a third party. And I would not be suprised if it included as many ex Democrats as ex Republicans.

    April 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. mary

    I could care less who runs, or what happens in 2012, right now is what matters to me and right now I'm broke, busted and disgusted due to this ecomony. We need to leave Obama alone and let him do his job. I'm tired of all the Republican negativity like they didn't do anything wrong in the past 8 years. What is this selective memory?
    If the voters thought the republicans could've done a better job than the democratics in fixing the mess, then we would've put McCain in the White House. Republicans need to realize it is going to be very hard for them to ever win again unless they stop the hate, and be more positive in tone towards the president the majority of Americans voted to be president. It's an insult to our decision to put Obama in the white house for republicans to keep saying who is going to run against the president in 2012. Frankly my dear, I don't give a d....

    April 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Newt Gingrich is right; the Republican Party was highjack by the extreme religious right, a minority no matter how you diced. If the party doesn’t move to the center, then it will be relegated to a very small minority, and some other party will fill the void.
    I have lived in a few countries during my 50 years of existence, and history repeats itself, Governments controlled by extreme from the right or the left are never good news, the most progressive governments have always been the ones that govern from the center. Centrist Governments are more willing to compromise on delicate issues.

    April 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Erik

    There is already athirsd party dedicated ot conservative values: Teh Libertarian Party. Teh LP supports smaller government, fewer taxes, a free market economy and minding our own business. If Republicans are willing to abandon that weird longing for a Leave-ot-to-Beaver "family values" utopia that never really existed, the LP is the place for them to go.

    April 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. yeah

    The third party will be the Libertarians. Mnay Americans identify with them and just look at the support Ron Paul got last year. If any serious contender emerges, it will be Libertarian in nature.

    April 2, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. chuck

    Can we please get a third party established and call it the “Common Sense” party. Then by the name implication we will automatically establish a platform totally in the opposite direction of both the other two parties.

    April 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Theresa Wolf

    I used to think that the Libertarian stance was a good one, but now I think that we do need government to keep businesses in check. Deregulation of utilities, zero regulation of hedge funds, and inadequate regulation of public companies have created many problems that will be a long time fixing.

    April 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. David

    I hear the Whig party is accepting applications.

    Seriously, Newt's message is 30 years old. The problem isn't whether Government is too big or too small. It's whether the Government is doing things that benefit our citizens or just the privileged few.

    April 2, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. Indiana Voter

    There has never been a successful third party. All a third party does is make the other two parties stronger, or at least make one stronger by splitting the vote. Once the third party wins and keeps winning, it eventually becomes part of the two party as one of the older two parties dies off. Then, we are back to a two party system again. If you look at U.S. history, there never has been a third party for very long before it became part of a two party.

    April 2, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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