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. j

    AHHHHH !!! We now have a lock-step Republican Party because all dissenters have been silenced. What few remain in Congress are the Ultra -Right wingers, the party of NO with no ideas what-so-ever except NO.

    October 26, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. Ruty

    Rush Limbaugh and Newt Ginrich MUST be twins.

    October 26, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. kj

    The republicans might have a chance if the democrats continue to show us that they are to weak as a party to stick together and do right by Americans.

    They have a majority yet because the lobbyist have corrupted them with reelection money they can't get any thing done. All they care about is themselves and not much for the people who put them there.

    October 26, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Newt, go away; you're irrelevant!!!!

    October 26, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Proud Member..Party of No

    Who do you trust more?

    Surveys of 1,000 Likely Voters
    October 14-15 & 18-19, 2009

    Issue Democrats Republicans
    Health Care 40% 46%
    Education 38% 43%
    Social Security 37% 45%
    Taxes 35% 50%
    Economy 35% 49%
    Abortion 35% 47%
    Immigration 33% 40%
    Nat'l Security 31% 54%
    Iraq 31% 50%
    Gov't Ethics 29% 33%

    Read it and weep, dems.

    October 26, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. David

    I just want to add,thats what I was told about him serving his dieing wife divorce papers.So it may not be true.However he should of taken his own advice and stayed out of this one.Go Newt Go!!!! Gingrich/Spector 2012.

    October 26, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. T

    I am a independent , I will guarantee that President Obama will be re-elected. I left the republicans when they threw us in the center under to bus.In order for most of us, independents , to support Republicans they have to learn not to say "No" to everything. Let's be real , they have no plans on health care, they have told so many lies about what Obama would do with issues like gun control, health care, abortion among others. Oh yeah remember , lets see the Birthers , Tea Partiers and those that said President Obama is a Muslim. Ronald Reagan would never had said these things. He was what the Republican Party should be.Now that's not say that the Democrats are being 100% truthful. I do not belive they are either.Republicans need to move to the center again. Then they will have my support. If Republicans want to win they have to get rid of the racist ajnd crackpots from the far right. They are just as bad as those on the left. Actually I think they may be worse at the present time. If not, Republicans cannot win. Period. The way it is right now President Obama will with out a doubt be re-elected. Don't fool yourself.

    October 26, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Michael

    Now i disagree with some of what Gingrich said, however he is right about his party. Too bad the teabaggers, birthers, death panel pushers and other buffoonerific conservatives won't hear him out.

    October 26, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |

    Keep dreaming, Newt. Inclusion has never applied to the party of rich, white, old dudes who have no idea what WE want–only what THEY want for themselves. Congress gets awesome insurance paid for by the public and WE don't to get that option too? Get outta here!

    The GOP is toast. Good riddance.

    October 26, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. Doug, New Jersey

    Unlike Obama who believes you can have only a far left extremist party in the Democratic(SIC) Party.

    Doesn't matter if moderates voted in blue dog sensible not totally evil and corrupt blue dogs. These moderates/blue dogs gave the Democrats a majority in Congress. Instead of respecting and honoring that gift, the Democrats put a far left extremist Pelosi as Speaker. Pelosi would not be electable in 95% of our nation, yet she is running the house. The dems will use the moderates for power, then shut them out and make them powerless when they get to Washington. Then extremists like Obama and Pelosi force an extremist left wing agenda on a country filled with decent, honest, hard working, fair Americans who are the direct opposite of this extremist ideology that is ruining our nation.

    October 26, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    Newt is correct! If everyone thought the same:
    1. Somebody is not thinking
    2. Somebody is not necessary!

    Disagreements make us stronger and not weaker! I am a conseravtive and I understand when you listen, you learn! That doesn't mean I am accepting of everything! I cannot sell out my core beliefs!

    Somebody wrote the Republicans demand comformity. BOTH PARTIES DO! That's why Obama pressured former Gov Wilder in Va to support Deeds, REMEMBER? If you are going to attempt to tell the truth, tell the WHOLE truth!

    October 26, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. Mark in VA

    I'm a Democrat and agree with the main point of Gingrich's statement – you can't win a majority with only the far right (or the far left). His analysis falls short for me beyond that because his bias is obvious – apparently, only the 1980 and 1994 elections represent successful moves toward the center. He fails to acknowledge that the 2008 election also represented a shift to the center, except it was more of a shift to left of center rather than right of center.

    Also, his labeling of the current Democratic majority as "secular-Socialist" also belies an inconvenient truth – while the majority of Americans may consider themselves people of faith, that doesn't automatically translate into them wanting a theocracy for their government.

    October 26, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Newt the party you speak of already exists, were called Libertarians. Not a party of left or right, but a party that asks the question is this policy based on the rights described in the U.S Constitution? This nation is a Republic not a majority rules democracy. Minority opinions are protected by our Constitution, or at least it used to be this way.

    October 26, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. tim

    Is it me or do the republican party seem to live in yesterday years 80's or 90's. If my memory serves me correctly I did not do well under Pres. Regan or the contract with America. This is excatly why I can not vote for that party. I press toward the future and forgetting the past

    October 26, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. Ray,Calif

    Republicans tried a moderate (McCain) just what the Democrats said the Republicans should do...Bi-Partisan?? There is no argument on the Republicans being a big party of various people..what is at stake is the the general direction of the Republican party!

    October 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. g

    contract with corperate america= free trade , ship job,s oversea, trickle down new,t

    October 26, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Brian

    It's funny how Gingrich tries to trick people with his wording. He's saying the President is pursing a "liberal agenda" even though the majority of Americans approve of President Obama's handling of the major issues.

    I love Republican math. Even when the majority is against you in record numbers, still claim that you are actually the majority.

    October 26, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Joseph-Ohio

    Is Newt getting more wise with age? God I hope so! This is just the kind of dialog we need on both sides. Obama has been trying, but maybe now Republicans will listen to one of their own.

    October 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Jane/Seattle

    I would suspect Anything that Mr. "Contract ON America" (1994) has to SAY ABOUT ANYTHING! This guyt is not a pure analyst! He is just another person whose opinion is Bad for America! Peace

    October 26, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Terry from West Texas

    This guy (and Tom Delay) did more damage to America than any other living person (excepting Dick Cheney and G. W. Bush, of course). Forty thousand people per year died because they have no health insurance. By blocking the Clinton health care initiative, Conservatives under Gingrich were responsible in 1 year alone for ten times the number of deaths that Al Quaeda caused at 9/11.

    He blocked, stalled, defamed, impeached, insulted, maligned, prevented, disabled, refused, and denied for all the years he was in office, preventing the nation from solving its problems.

    Do not believe him, do not listen to him, do not imagine for a moment that he has the best interests of our nation at heart.

    October 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Dug-in in NJ

    "the socialist demon cronies in the White House", "their hate-filled Alinsky ideology". Wow, spoken like a true raving neo-nazi lunatic. Sniffing that north Jersey air has done some damage.

    Wake up a smell the roses, and remove your head from where it doesn't smell as good. Indeed, I am one of those 40% who identify as being conservative. But being conservative is certainly NOT being a dupe for the rightwing underbelly of this nation....being conservative is NOT embracing he path of self-delusion and willful ignorance. Indeed, we true conservatives voted for Obama, and rejected the [R]ightwing candidates, by the droves for the very reasons that we "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". And, yes, that is working out just fine for us, by the way.

    October 26, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. NH Independent

    Obama is a Socialist Marxist and if you listen to what he actually says in his speeches and talking engagements from before he was the president to current he clearly admits it... and I have only judged him on the people he surrounds himself with as that is what he said to do if we want to know his politics......

    All Obama wants to do is create bigger government and control your lives as he thinks he knows what is best for you and your family and that you are too stupid to know the difference......He is enabling people to do nothing and making the working people pay for them.......How Un-American is that

    October 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Brook E. Mantia

    As a Christian, I would choose "social-secular" over "fascist-religious" in a hot second. Since when has government EVER been qualified to arbitrate on spiritual, moral or religious matters? Not their job. Stick to cutting crime & taxes and preserving our freedom, and stop meddling in everyone's personal lives. Right-wing Republicans are the enemy of religious freedom.

    October 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. NVa Native

    See where your thuggery of the early 90's got you Newt.
    I stopped voting Republican because of your "Contract on America" followed up by the selfrighteous witch hunt against our President Clinton by the Rethugs, including hypocite adulterists like you and Mr. Hyde.
    Repubs are the party of "NO" future.

    October 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. W l Jones

    Strange a man with a PHD is calling and intellectual administracion a liberal again strange. Boy ! what is happen to us in education.

    October 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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