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. Lori

    Question to Newt and his fellow Republicans: Some of you complain Obama's 'more of the same' and no change from Bush (ie, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.) and then you say he's 'too liberal' or 'too left'. Which one is it?

    October 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. Peter s

    RIP GOP! you sacrificed the party at the altar when you let limbaugh, hannity and becks take over!! the more noise they make the more they divide the GOP. The wingnuts have taken over!!

    October 26, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Joe in DE

    Republicans are doing more for Democrats by pushing right wing extremists and allowing Cheney to be spokesman.

    Newt is correct, under the prevailing conditions a right wing majority is an oxymoron. If republicans want a right wing majority, they need to do two things: adopt rational ideas and spread the wealth. They graner a lot of support from people with no clue to their enlighte self intrest but not enough to win.

    October 26, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Gingrich is just making a political maneuver. He hopes to run in 2012 and hopes no one remembers his tenure in Congress. No one formed tighter controls on Congress than Gingrich. He doesn't care if its people on the right, left, or center as long everyone is under his control. Gingrich makes Pelosi look meek compared to his actions in congress!

    October 26, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. B

    Work towards the CENTER, where most of America is, what a concept....

    Republicans will never get it !

    October 26, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. NVa Native

    Deficit inaguration day 2009 $1.2 trillion – today $1.4 trillion.
    So who is responsible for all of our current problems?
    If you believe the facts – you can figure it out for yourself.
    If you follow Fox, Rush, and hate radio – your fantasy is that it all started Jan 20, 2009.

    October 26, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Terry, Butte, MT

    I cant believe I am saying this but Newt is right (for once) you can not have a pure right or left wing majority.

    Obama is leading (if you can call it that) from the center which is also disasterous, especially when the entirety of one party's only agenda is to make him fail at every move. The party of "no" is moving toward the party of "nobody" in a hurry. People are finally paying attention to what is going on in our government.

    If you listen to the Republicans or Fox News, you will certainly think that the country is becoming either a communist (far Left) state or a Fascist (Far Right) state at the same time.

    If the Republicans were true to their roots and fought for smaller government (including wars and military) and fought for small businesses and farmers (instead of corporations and large banks),

    and the Democrats were true to their roots and fought for blue collar workers (including unions and work safety standards) and fought for humanitarian justice (ending poverty and health care for ALL)

    Then our debates would be much better for the country.

    Both parties are alligning themselves with where the money comes from instead of their true ideologies.

    October 26, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Peace

    The fall of the Roman empire is near. I can sense out the split of GOP is on the way coming!

    October 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    Newt is a traitor to "right" thinking Americans.
    If true conservatives splinter the g.o.p., I say good ridance.

    Palin/Bachman 2012

    "I want my country back"

    October 26, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Barbara Independent in NY

    We allowed this man, his ideas and his party to get control from the mid 90's thru the last election and look at the mess they made. The must incredible thing is that they expect the new administration to have cleaned up their mess by now.

    October 26, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. California Democrat

    With the constant villification of Democratic ideas by Republican Party personnel Newt's concept of a politically centrist legislature seems somewhat out-of-reach. Compromise should be the way we accomplish passing legislation that is supportive of a majority but that just isn't happening and each subsequent legislature seems to be more interested in undoing what was done.

    October 26, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. The Party of No = The Party of Nobody

    I wish all of the idiots who keep yapping about how this admistration is "leftist-liberal" or "extreme left" or "socialist-leftist-liberal" would take Political Science 101 so they MIGHT learn something! Obama is not, I repeat IS NOT a liberal or leftist! He is a MODERATE DEMOCRAT! He ran as a moderate Democrat and that is what his ideology is. Just because THE righter-than-right-neo-cons think that ANY ideology even close to being in the center is left or socialist, DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE!

    October 26, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. AJ

    "Center-right" majority? Is he kidding? Gingrich was one of the architect's of the Bible bashing bigot republican party.

    October 26, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  14. alpha_nu_916

    newt is right. can't stand the man and the hipocracy he bathes in but the hardcore conservatives are fools thinking that america will embrace their far-right politics.
    the same could be said for the far-left wing of the democratic party. america, as a whole, clearly dwells in the middle.
    but by all means, keep having the crazy wing of the republican party dominate.

    October 26, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Wanda

    This "Pillsbury Dough Boy" needs to go write some more books - nothing he says is the truth nor worthy of listening to.

    October 26, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. JILLI

    Hey, Gingrich helped make this bed, now he has to lie in it. Too bad he didn't consider the long term consequences of his actions – he, in part, destroyed the republican party.

    October 26, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. David

    Well, it seems that Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck wants a pure right wing party of the GOP... The Republican Titanic is sinking with the pure right wingers....

    October 26, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Mamixztwo

    Obama is NOT a trainwreck. The only thing bad for this country right now is the hate coming from the right. Obama is a refreshing change and the right can't stand it.

    October 26, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. ICARE

    God, Guts and Guns made this country. So if this is felt from his heart, so let it be.

    October 26, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. Texas Doc

    If you're GOP forget about majorities of any type; you had better get used to the idea of being a minority party (moderate or conservative). Face it, we're just not that in to you.

    October 26, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Republicans continue putting front not only their past scandalist leaders like Gingrich while dealing with their current scandalist leaders, which means they are the same old GOP and will never change. Repubicans need to stop reviving the same old dead and angry talking heads. If I were a young Republican in leadership I would let all these old angry GOP members have it and become a democrat or independent. The GOP is lost.

    October 26, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. lisa

    This party is finished. Unless all the old people in this country start having birthdays in reverse, this party is done.

    All their actions have been turn-offs, the hypocrites who hate the gays...and...they're busted with Mikey in the bed, the husbands of this family values party who cheat on their wives, or get caught on tape braggin' up about the spankings they handed out to their mistresses.

    TheTea-baggers, the Birthers, the brown-people haters who are more likely than not on the side of Republicans.

    The claim to fame to keep this party alive? The Red-necks, they are the only ones left who will buy all your crap.
    So, good luck with that, the younger generation of voters will clearly be on the side the better party.

    So, please, by all means KEEP TALKING! We don't want to forget HOW you floks really are.

    October 26, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Lisa in FL

    Ol' Newt still windbagging eh? Well, sounds alot like Joe the Schmoe Scarbourough of "Morning Joe" fame. "When I was in congress in '94...blah, blah, blah". Don't these jerks realize nothing is like '94 or '80 or "68. The damage and destruction W & Company did to this great nation is nothing like anyone has ever seen....EVER. And the republicans/conservatives (whatever they want to call themselves) know it. AND, they also know if President Obama succeeds in any of his visions and policies they are done. Where's my fork!

    October 26, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Jann in Denver

    All Republicans can just go away.

    October 26, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Phat Elvis

    Gingrich was the beginning of the end of the Reagan Republican Party. after Gingrich came the Neo-Cons. why would anyone listen to this guy?

    October 26, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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