October 26th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
9 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. SC

    Gotta love Newt! It sounds reasonable. I'm not a Republican though!

    October 26, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Jay

    Finally something intelligently said by a Republican, that you can't have a right wing majority. You're so right Mr Gingrich. Those lunatics will always be the minority. Their ranks will become smaller and smaller as minority populations become larger.

    October 26, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Doug, New Jersey

    40% of Americans identify themselves as Conservatives, we can only hope that this is real and that 40% of Americans are great people who believe in fairness, doing the right thing, being honest, personal responsibility, treating people who deserve it with respect, and a belief in rights, freedom, and the fruits of ones labor for all Americans.

    If this truly is the case, then Americans will join together to defeat the socialist demon cronies in the White House today that are focused on double standards based on ideology, and taking away the rights, freedoms, and wealh of all Americans who don't march lock step to their hate-filled Alinsky ideology.

    October 26, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Pam

    Republicans are not going to win the Senate seat in Illinois.

    October 26, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Lynda

    While you Republicans think that this administration is running this country into debt (remember a large part of this debt came from Bush) I would rather my children and grandchildren be left with a debt to pay off than to be killed in your sinceless WARS that you support , I woulod rather them live with a debt than die because you republicans aren't for Health Care so that all people of this country may be able to get Medical coverage.......you say you are Pro-life.......but as long as you promote these Wars and No Health Care then you are killing people right and left........these right wing conservatives are the Death Panel for your own Party.........

    October 26, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Ethan

    Why would ANYONE want the Republican Party to have ANY say? All they do is pander to the extremes of their base, namely, Christian fundamentalists and heavily-funded and resourced corporations. The Right Wing commenters on this site and others - talking about socialism and death panels, ripping on Pelosi and Obama based on lies and propaganda - have truly lost their minds. We live in the United States of America. All this talk of socialism and how Obama is bankrupting the country - is TOTAL BUNK. ENOUGH!!!!! We were almost in a Depression in January 2009. We ARE coming out of it. We had to spend money to prevent a further Depression. We HAVE to reform health care or it will totally destroy doing business in America. These are IMPORTANT ISSUES that needed to be addressed. Period. We can work on paying down the debt once we have moved out of CRISIS mode!!!!!!

    Keep the discussion going on THE ISSUES, or just get the heck out of the way.

    October 26, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Steve

    Newt, you are part of what is wrong with politics. You are putting aside important principles and your loyalty is simply to the party, even if it picks a candidate that is Dede Scozzafava who is pro cap and trade and voted for Obama's stimulus bill. We are tired of big spending liberals...Hoffman is the only choice...props to Palin for speaking up.

    October 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Angie in PA

    What Newt doesnt get is Limbaugh,Cheney, Fox News, will not allow MODERATES Into the party. Limbaugh goes nuts on them he will be calling you out Newt lets see what you say about it!

    October 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Steve

    "Why not? We have a far left administration that is bankrupting this country with the help of Nancy Pelosi. Don't think this is the change America voted for.............but we got it anyway." Idiot.

    October 26, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. J

    Hopefully the country is educated enough to not allow something like a pure Right -wing majority to happen.

    There is an amazing correlation between higher eduction and progressive thinking.

    October 26, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Hawk, In Texas

    Hey newt you lost. Reah! we really had it great with reagans trickle down economy. the rich got richer and the poor and working class got screwed. then came bush sr. the republicans robbed the same people again with the bush clan stealing from the tax payers by way of the savings and loan scandal. then we had Clinton who balanced the budget with no help from the republicans. he left a surplus then we got george w. and he gave that to his richest 1 percent buddies. plus robbing social securty. starting two wars then bailing out wall street. reah we really have it good when republicans are in control.

    October 26, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. unshrub

    Now he wants to have two strong parties in Washington, but when the republicans were in power, he talked a different story. This guy is a contradiction. When he criticized Clinton for his affair Newt was having an affair. When he was in power, he thought it was good to have only one party in power, but now, when the tables are turned, he's worried that it isn't good for the country. The big difference is when the Democrats are in power, they allow disagreements, but when the republicans are in power, they ostracized any republican that even thought about crossing the line ONCE.

    October 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The GOP can have all the governorships it wants.... Who cares about them?

    But as long as loonies like Palin, Beck, and Limbaugh represent the GOP on a national level, and as long as war criminals like Bush and Cheney are loose in the streets and shooting off their lying mouths, the GOP will not be winning any congressional majorities in the near future.

    October 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Fred the Moderate

    No, but you did and look where we are now! After listening to your band of town hall meeting thugs and watching a fox news producer egging a crowd to a frenze at the march on washington, you have no credibility.

    The GOP will split into the religous right, thug right and the Rockafeller Republicans. The latter will emerge as the party because they are more to the middle and noncombative. They like to talk to solve problems rather than demonize, yell and scream or lie and fabricate.

    October 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  15. A wised up Democrat who is now an Independant

    You can after 2010.

    October 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Jobless Recovery

    Newt is a scholar of History. I would love to see Newt school the fraud Obama in a debate.
    Newt saved the economy in 1994, can he do it again in 2012?

    October 26, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Mike Syracuse, NY

    The reason Republicans will be back in force is because the 'big tent' Democrats can't even agree that the sun rises in the east. The party has been in power 9 months and is already coming apart at the seems. 2010 will be 1994 all over again. Say adios to the leftist agenda when one or both houses of Congress change.

    October 26, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  18. gander

    don't vote democrat or republican. compromise!
    don't do what's legal. compromise!
    don't do what's right. compromise!

    let's all go broke COMPROMISING!!!

    October 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  19. Harold

    Can't trust Newt Gingrich anymore he's become to much of a flake. Still playing Left and Right politics as the ship sinks into socialism. What the Fig Newt won't tell you is the true difference between the candidates and he's using the same old distraction tricks such as gay rights and abortion. The difference between Hoffman and Scozzafava is that Hoffman believes in limited government. Scozzafava does not. We just finished eight years with an administration that promoted open borders and globalism and now we have a socialist in the White House and now people are calling Sarah Palin an extremist for wanting limited government and personal liberty.

    October 26, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  20. Keeth in California

    A little late to be telling your people this important piece of information. Just as when McCain/Palin fired up their ignorant base with hateful rhetoric and then tried to tamp it down but couldn't and looked like fools. A. Little. Too. Late. FAIL.

    October 26, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. Looking for a Party

    Fiscal conservative, social moderate...where are you?

    October 26, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    While what he says is true, it won't happen. As long as the zealots and their mouthpieces (fat boy/Coulter/Beck/Shammity) control the dialogue anyone who even remotely is viewed as not a "party member" (zeig heil), they are not a republican and therefore not welcome

    October 26, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Paula, MI

    If he's trying to run for the presidency, it's too late. The rabid right wing tin-foiled teabaggers have taken over. He can find his party at the bottom of a garbage can. They've trashed it.

    October 26, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. erold59

    Real change comes from real people making real changes not just bids for reelection.......

    Right now real politech is a word coined for people writing foreign policy not domestic policy makers............

    Then again real change does not mean the gun-boat diplomacy that got another round in the fall of 2008...........

    The great game concludes the effect that most people are willing to risk their dollars against.........

    The Russian empire builders now realise the glastnost and prehistorica fortunes that they missed out before the october revolution went down..........

    Decimating the surface of the planet would not be the right thing to do , though it could have crossed the mind of many adopters.....

    Space warfare may be the next thing on the minds of the predator,
    though conventional weapons remain in the hands of the enemy...

    Space age type of ordernances are delivery systems that are a requirement for keeping the peace.........


    October 26, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Brian

    The best way to create a "center-right" majority is to appeal to the fear and ignorance in voters. Unfortunately the Republican Party has perfected this art.

    The GOP motto: be afraid of those different from you, be constantly paranoid of those in authority, trust your animal/primal gut instinct and ignore your uniquely human abilities, use violence first and reason second whenever you're in a situation where you're scared or confused.

    October 26, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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