October 26th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. mjm

    Well, this LEFT-WING admin, congress, and house sure are doing a bang-up job of destroying the country. That's for sure.

    This is the absolute worse President, White House, Senate and House of Reps EVER.

    2010 cannot come soon enough. The Republicans will be the majority for the next 20 years after this.

    October 26, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    If a republican is fiscally conservative, they are still a republican. I do not vote on social issues only. The trouble the republican party and President Bush got into was they were spending like moderate democrats and now the democrats are spending and taxing like Socialist Europe. That is their downfall! The trouble shown in interviews and questions with Dede Scozzafava is she is as left socialing and fiscally as the liberal democrat she is running against which is left of any moderate republican out there including Arlen Spector, Olympia Snowe, or Susan Collins.

    October 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Gingrich does have a point... You can't have a party of just Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck; you need to have other perspectives. Look at the Democrats, they advance things and they have many different ideas in their party. To have only one set of ideas is like limiting your population; enventually, you have only one kind of thing that leads to stangation and death.

    October 26, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. rblrdr

    Come on now right wingers .... don't let Newt tell you that you MUST keep the status quo. Take back your party and then you can take back your country.

    October 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    The right wing lunatic fringe will have no chance in 2012 unless they come to their senses and become more moderate and less paranoid.

    I would pay money to see a LIVE debate with Palin getting torn up by Romney and Pawlenty. They will eat each other up to see who is more conservative and in the end will flame out.

    Obama 2012. Count on it.

    October 26, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Paul from Phoenix

    FINALLY!!!!!

    If more conservatives would understand this, then many of us moderates who have no party would return.

    October 26, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Carmen, Miami FL

    Newt is a moron, but he's right about the Republican party. The country's leaving the idiot hardliners behind.

    October 26, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. LiLa

    Republicans only have a chance to take Wisconsin because to date, there are no viable Democratic candidates for governor. Don't think the possibility of a Republican governor in Wisconsin is an endorsement of Republican ideology.

    October 26, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Just FYI Arlen Specter is not a republican he is a democrat

    October 26, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Texas Fred

    Newt forged this group of far right ideological conservatives and turned republicans into the party of fear, hate, greet and ignorance. Now he is accusing liberals of following his lead. I've never heard anything more insulting in my life.

    October 26, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Andi

    We spend too much time in this Nation telling others what we are 'against'. Few are willing to help others – there were numerous posts on an article about Bush Sr. and Obama urging folks to volunteer that were slamming volunteering as socialism. We are too focused on what we don't want other people to do, instead of looking at anything positive. If you go through life looking for doom behind every door, that's exactly what you will find.

    October 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. DJ

    The Republican party is stuck in the past and fear-mongering, devoid of any solutions. Big government is not "bad". Small government and lack of regulation is what caused the financial meltdown the Obama inherited. Yet all the neo-Confederates have amnesia and forget it was 8 years of Bush/Cheney that saw the largest increase in spending ever and an un-funded war in Iraq that was put on the national credit card.

    October 26, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Jobless Recovery

    let's just be honest. Obama is a trainwreck. He is awful for this country. I would say, I couldn't think of anyone worse right now as president.

    October 26, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. rathycodes

    I believe that the right wing conservative-extremists (just like the Taliban and AlQueda) are going to tear this country to pieces. Honestly I see another civil war in our future due to the hateful, and very unchristian I might add, speech I see and hear from them. It is truly frightening and unbelieveable. I believe they would rather mow you down with bullets than finding ways to make this country work better for a lot of people. They appear to be so self centered and focused on 'me me me' and don't care a whit about anyone else. That's why I'm a democrat - just the shear meaness I hear from them.

    October 26, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Reformed Republican

    And antoher thing rethugs can't have are the religious right whackos running around screaming "Ala Acbar". OOPS! I mean "God Bless".

    Got the militant evangelicals mixed up with the Taliban there for a minute. It's eazy to do since both want to dominate their citizens with religious mumbo jumbo instead of real laws....

    October 26, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. kimberly

    Everytime this loud mouth NOTHING comes out in the news, that song THE FREAKS COME OUT AT NIGHT, pops in my head. What is it about the right that they are stuck with polarizing, OLD school, washed up, and washed out people? I mean come on, huckabee, gingrich, romney??? really??? Hello, 1990 called and it wants its washed up politicians back!

    October 26, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Melissa

    The right are the ones that got us into this mess. Only a fool would want a right-wing anything. Its better to have a center majority, if you can't have anything toward the left. Its a balance between the right and the left thats needed.

    October 26, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. kbib

    Gingrich is right. The right wingers club can't logically be a majority because they are so exclusive. When you exlcude middle and lower income families, blacks, latinos, jobless, homeless, those that can't afford health insurance, non-christians, non-whites, non-english speaking americans. etc. Put simpler, the rich, white, christian club will never hold a majority in the US. Of course there are a few "outsiders" that claim membership because of their position on abortion or some other single issue and some others bought with government rebate checks who are not smart enought to realize they are being used. The republican right wingers biggest challenge is to fool as many lemmings as possible into thinking they are supported when they really aren't.

    October 26, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. David

    Gingrich/Spector 2012. 2 Defectors on a GOP ticket sounds good to me.Newt the scandelous GOPer who served his cancer dieing wife divorce papers as she lay dieing in a hospital,just shot himself in the foot backing the acorn lady.She supported the failed stimulus,supports card check,is accused by the dem as being a tax hiker,shes the furthest thing from being conservative you can nominate.Yet theres ol Newtie boy saying shes the best thing since sliced bread.No wonder people are abandoning the GOP these days they are further left than most democrats.He says crying like a baby to fox outsiders should stay out of this one,gee does he live there?I used to somewhat like him,but since he did this my mind has changed.

    October 26, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. www.healthcareforamericanow.org

    Newt,

    Do you really think that pretending to be a reasonable person is fooling anyone?

    We all know what an unprincipled, radical right, partisan hack you are.

    October 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  21. George

    It's about time you admit that the right wing wacko's are the minority.
    They are so bazzarre that normal people are afraid of them. They are almost communist.

    October 26, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  22. Ron In California

    Both the far left and the far right forget the 80% both Dems and Repubs are circling the middle. The problem is the two opposite ends are loudly extolling thier positions. Try moderation.

    By the way Arlen Spector as Anonymous said is a Democrat..Please return the money given by Republican campaign doners.

    October 26, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. Newt = sleeze bad

    nothing here, move on

    October 26, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. YerInTown

    I can think of somebody worse than Obama to be president.

    You.

    October 26, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. Mikey

    I think it is fantastic that the wackos in the GOP won't be happy until the party only represents 5% of the country, because they will not be able to win a national election and perhaps not a statewide election in all but the most backwards states.

    The last three Republican Presidents ran up $9T of our entire $11T national debt – fiscally conservative in rhetoric only. We never need their leadership again.

    Prediction: Obama will not run up as much debt in his 8 years as Bush did in his – not even close.

    October 26, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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