October 26th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Gingrich: 'You can't have a purely right-wing majority'

Gingrich spoke to CNN Radio.
Gingrich spoke to CNN Radio.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has taken considerable heat from conservative activists for endorsing Republican Dede Scozzafava over Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in next month's special congressional election in New York.

But Gingrich is defending his approach to re-building the Republican Party. It begins, he said, by accommodating those who might disagree with you.

"Both parties have to recognize, you can create a center-right majority in America, which we did with Reagan in '80 and we did it again with the 'Contract with America' in '94," Gingrich said in an interview with CNN Radio. "You can't have a purely right-wing majority; you can't have a purely left-wing majority."

The former speaker claimed that Democrats are doing their part to help the GOP by promoting a liberal ideology. "Today, the Democrats are moving toward a secular-socialist model that is guaranteed minority in America," he said.

And he was cautiously optimistic about the 2010 midterm elections.

"Next year, I think we could win [governorships in] Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin, the Senate seat in Illinois. In Ohio, we could win both the governorship and the Senate seat," Gingrich said. He also predicted losses for three prominent Democratic incumbents: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

Along with the New York special election, Republicans are also watching two key gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey. Gingrich predicated the GOP will win in Virginia "by a big margin," but was less optimistic about the party's chances in the Garden State.

"I think we have a good chance to win New Jersey, if people conclude that voting for the third-party candidate just re-elects [incumbent Gov. Jon] Corzine," he said.

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  1. Republican

    Let's be honest, Obama is doing a FANTASTIC job considering the pile of crap that he was handed by RIGHT WING blowhards.

    Thank god we have a person with a brain as our president for a change. I have decided I feel safer, more motivated and more optimistic when a democrat is in office versus ANY of the GOP candidates. Republicans REALLY need to find somebody COMPETENT sooner or later. There is not a SINGLE competent republican in office or running for office in this entire nation.

    October 26, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Eleanor

    Gingrich is living in a dream world, as are the rest of the GOP if they think they will regain their crippling and destructive majority any time soon! America is utterly fed up with the GOP and all they stand for...notwithstanding a small minority of malcontents who despise President Obama and any Progressive of any stripe, for whatever reason. We'll still be busy fixing up the incredible and catastrophic MESS left over from the last 8 years of GOP rule. Gimme a break! Win seats again??? You've got to be out of your mind, Gingrich.

    October 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Jim in San Mateo

    I hate to admit the Newt might be showing a bit of intelligence on this one. Thankfully for the more enlightened Americans, most the the Republican party is standing with a rather bigoted crowd who will find themselves very alone in the next election.

    Both parties need to put candidates in office who can negotiate and compromise with the other opposing party. If this does not happen, this country will stagnate and get nothing done.

    October 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    President Obama is anything BUT a trainwreck! You're confusing him with Bush & Company who left our country with a HUGE mess!

    I mean really, who in their right mind cuts taxes during wartime? Bush did it – for the first time in our history! No wonder he left us with massive deficits!

    And where did that windfall for the wealthy go? They used it to build factories overseas and lay off people here.

    President Obama is doing just fine, given the difficulty of the circumstances he's facing – not the least of which is the GOP and its "Party Before Country" obstructionist stance on everything!

    October 26, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Gingrich is right – and I hope the GOP splits because of it.

    There are far too many nutjobs out there with not an ounce of common sense, in love with the sound of their own voices who think the 8 years of Bush/Cheney were a good thing – all evidence to the contrary.

    That whole party – the GOP – deserves to bite the dust!

    October 26, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Lolu

    I disagree with most things Gingrich says, but in this case, i think he's actually right in his analysis

    October 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Squigman

    I hope in the mid-terms you, and your party all take a long walk on a short pier.

    October 26, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Adelita

    I voted mostly Republican before Newt turned it into the party of mean-spirited middle-aged white men.

    October 26, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. joan

    he spends too much time with Hannity and O'Riley....ageeing with them so he can help them get more right wingers.
    He keeps wagging his outdated old white man tongue.
    Sometimes I think he just likes to dress up in a suit and think he still has an office of importance somewhere,

    Republicans are NUTS....

    October 26, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Republicans are the American Taliban

    So what ever happened to the Contract For America hype anyway?

    October 26, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. James

    I find it humorous all these sheep saying Obama is doing a great Job. He is pathetic and has accomplished nothing but coddling third world dictactors and signing obscenely wasteful spending bills. You know when SNL calls out Obama on accomplishments its bad.

    October 26, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. NH Independent

    When ever someone dosen't like Obama's policies or the way he is handling our economy or the wars the only thing the democrats can come up with is it's Bush's fault.... people should get a clue... If that is the only thing democrats can come back with they are in trouble in 2010........

    Obama apparent motto by what he has done so far......give to the lazy and let the working class pay....

    October 26, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. welches, oregon

    well in the case of the GOP, you can't have a majority at all. The entire world sees what the true colors are of the "Christian Conservative" and reject them lot, stock and barrel.

    October 26, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. welches, oregon

    Newt is wrong – this Country is turning Center left. The days of "Christian Conservatives" are done. We voted for Change. And whatever Change is, it is not Right Wing.

    October 26, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. jon

    Republicans must be inclusive but also must stick to their core conservative principals if they expect to maintain integrity. When you pander just to get votes, you lose purpose and direction. The Democrats are in exactly the same position. Americans need a clear choice to fit the times. Both parties will get a chance to govern, depending on the political/economic climate of the day.

    October 26, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. petena

    GO AWAY! Your hatred is showing and we don't want any part of it. Sick of you, Palin and Rush. Go play cards or something.

    October 26, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Keith in CA

    C'mon Newt, show some backbone and take on Limbaigh. Call out Rush for what he is and the damage he is causing your party. After all, you shut down Congress because you didn't like your seat on Air Force One, why are you afraid of Limbaugh and his dittoheads? It's not like your going hunting with Cheney or Palin. Man up, Newt! You can always apologize to Limbaugh afterwards, it works for the other republicans who dare to oppose him.

    October 26, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Rick

    Welches I wear that as a badge of honor if someone smears me for being Christian. It says more about you than me.

    October 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  19. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    The 40 years of a democratic ran Congress robbed social security and medicare before 1994, and if it were not for the republican Congress Clinton would not have had a surplus, but since this young generation knows less about history than they know about math and science they would not know the truth. Remember alot of the republicans in their youth were liberal radical democrats until they realized who was going to do all the work and pay their hard earned money in taxes to the government, realized if they wanted a better life for their families and themselves they needed to become republicans, otherwise we would be like Europe where you cannot move up to the upper social classes unless you were born there. Stop the social welfare state or our youth will definitely not have abetter life than we do since the government has proven how inadequate and inefficient they are and will always be!

    October 26, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  20. Proud Member..Party of Dumbasrocks

    Why would a neo-nitwit come on here and present fantasy poll numbers which purport to show support for the [R]s, and then pat himself on the back with a job-well-done?!!! Just goes to show how intellectually bankrupt these rightwingers are. These birth-baggers have lost all contact with reality -- we truly do have our own home-grown Taliban here. And these feeble-minded, uber-partisan punks want to run the country yet again, and they think we are stupid enough to vote them in again, even while we are in the middle of the [R] recession that they caused!!!!!!!! Ladies and gentlemen, anyone who votes for a [R] candidate this year needs to check themselves in for some gene therapy.

    October 26, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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