April 10th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Gingrich says Palin 'tremendously important'

Gingrich is touting Sarah Palin's role in the Republican Party.
Gingrich is touting Sarah Palin's role in the Republican Party.

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, still considered among the most influential members of the Republican Party, is touting Sarah Palin's impact on the GOP and her future in the party.

"Sarah Palin is tremendously important right now, I mean for maybe 40 percent of the country, she personifies courage, clarity," Gingrich told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Both Gingrich and Palin were among the event's featured speakers.

"She's attractive, she's articulate, she has energy," Gingrich continued in the interview set to air Sunday on CNN's State of The Union. "Watch the size of her crowds…And I think whether that translates into something bigger later or whether she's just a very significant person for the rest of her life, she is a real player, nobody should underestimate her."

Gingrich also said Palin's prominence in the Republican Party will continue, regardless of whether she decides to mount a presidential bid in 2012.

"I think she has the potential to fill a niche for a very long time, particularly in an age of cable television and talk radio when you can build your particular market and your audience, and they can love you and come to your meetings and do things with you, and she's done, I think the last couple months she's been very impressive," he said.

But, should Palin decide to launch a presidential campaign, would she be a formidable opponent against President Obama?

"Well, if my choice was Sarah Palin or Barack Obama, I'd rather have Sarah Palin," said Gingrich.

soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. virginiarox

    The title of the Article should have been, "Gingrich sucks up to Palin in attempt to get VP slot for losing 2012 ticket!"

    April 10, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Dis-Gusted

    Sarah Palin and Liz Cheney........both full of themselves and babble, babble, babble.

    April 10, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  3. KLS

    "She's attractive, she's articulate, she has energy,"

    Hmm, wWonder if Newt Gingrich wants to have an affair with Palin. He's had so many while married to different women.

    April 10, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    Palin/Gingrich.....two hucksters hawking their wares and sharing the dough and laughing all the way to the bank. It really is amazing to watch. It cannot be taken serously.

    April 10, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  5. Tristan

    Articulate? I guess that's a relative term. Kind of like 'smart.' Compared to some people and most farm animals, yes she is smart and articulate.

    April 10, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    Sarah Palin will not get the nomination for same reason Hillary Clinton did not get it...too polarizing! I think she would be better off doing what she is doing now, raising funds and supporting other candidates. I hope Mitt Romney gets the nomination! Interesting how you liberals would love to pick the GOP's candidates! You have more than enough issues picking your own! Coakley and Deeds anyone??

    April 10, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  7. Perusing-through

    AM I THE ONLY ONE TO NOTICE NEWT GINGRICH'S 'HALF SLICK' MOVE?

    Newt realized early he had no chance to win RNC straw poll, which he desperately wanted as a prelude to winning Sarah Palin type money. Once he realized he was down in the straw polls, he threw his weight on Palin's bandwagon, assuming she would the straw poll?

    But instead, Romney who had not shown up won the straw poll, and as it turned out Newt hitched his horse to the wrong wagon – – again.

    April 10, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Boy, Gingrich is desperate. He still believes in underestimating the intelligence of the US American people. Very sad.

    April 10, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. James

    Where was Newt for the last 2 years? Did he not see this woman make the GOP look like idiots? Did he not listen to her interview with Katie? Come ON!!!!!

    April 10, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  10. American Patriot -- a true "tea partier"

    Notice how Newt doesn't say "intelligent?"

    April 10, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  11. vickie c

    This is great for the Dems

    April 10, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  12. Perusing-through

    PLEASE GO THROUGH THESE GINGRICH QUOTES BELOW, AND SHOW ME WHERE HE SAYS PALIN IS "SMART and INTELLIGENT" ENOUGH TO BE THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF AND POTUS.

    (1.) – "Sarah Palin is tremendously important right now, I mean for maybe 40 percent of the country, she personifies courage, clarity".

    (2.) – "She's attractive, she's articulate, she has energy".

    (3.) – " Watch the size of her crowds…And I think whether that translates into something bigger later or whether she's just a very significant person for the rest of her life, she is a real player, nobody should underestimate her".

    (4.) – "I think she has the potential to fill a niche for a very long time, particularly in an age of cable television and talk radio when you can build your particular market and your audience, and they can love you and come to your meetings and do things with you, and she's done, I think the last couple months she's been very impressive".

    April 10, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. vette gal

    ...and that last line says it all Gingrich! If you honestly think Palin has clarity, I would like to know what language you speak. I, for one, can never make any sense out of what she says, and if articulate is telling outright lies, saying "you betcha", and running sentences together, you need to bone up on the English language.

    If it came down to voting for a pig and Palin, I'd vote for the pig.

    April 10, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Marcus

    You are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT Mr. Gingrich!!!
    Sarah Palin is important, VERY IMPORTANT, to ensure President Barack Obama's reelection in 2012!!!!
    NO DOUBTS ABOUT THAT!!!!

    April 10, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  15. Perusing-through

    NO DISRESPECT NEWT . . .

    . . . but you, your opinion, and your credibility is yesterday's news.

    April 10, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. DemocratesLoveSarah

    Sarah cannot proounce nulear either.

    April 10, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. Accountability

    "Sarah Palin is tremendously important right now, I mean for maybe 40 percent of the country, she personifies courage, clarity," Gingrich told CNN....

    Someone needs to tell Newt that it takes more than 50 % to win an election in this country...40% doesn't do it.

    Fact is...Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman represent the tryanny of the minority...and nothing more...

    April 10, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. Marcus

    To Truth – April 10th, 2010 3:58 pm ET
    'Keep down playing and lying about this woman. Keep putting out your fake poll numbers. The American people are finding out about the lies that were told about this woman.'
    Name one dude. Just one lie that was debunked.
    Troopergate? Proven fact thus it wasn't debunked.
    The Bridge to Nowhere, the one she was against but actually wasn't very much? Another proven fact.
    That gymnasium (or the likes) that she built in a land that didn't belonged to the city of Wasilla and generated a lot of legal and financial problems for the city? Guess what, FACT.
    That beautiful idea to make a rape victim PAY for the exams that could and would be used to put the rapist in jail? FACT!
    And you callyourself 'Truth'...
    Delusional, dude, delusional...

    April 10, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  19. Wanda

    I laugh when I hear people talk about how we liberals "fear her" when referring to Sarah Palin. I tell you what we fear and that is letting this ding bat anywhere near the presidency of the united states. She is a complete idiot and is completely delusional. She is using all you dumb tea baggers and you don't even know it. She wouldn't last 5 minutes in a debate with Barack Obama and looked liked a complete idiot in the debate with Joe Liberman. I hope America has learned something after electing George W twice. God help us !

    April 10, 2010 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Rich

    i dont wanna have to vote for a democrat again..... please no....

    April 10, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  21. Steve

    Palin? You have to be kidding me!! This isn't eigth grade that we're talking, folks -where big boobs and a pretty smile get you elected class president. The Repubs can truly come up with someone competent, can't they?

    I thought even Newt hadn't sunk so low as to try to elevate this ninny to anything of importance. (Of course he always HAS played his followers for fools, so maybe I shouldn't be surprised...)

    April 10, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  22. CEE

    Has Newt been smoking his tea bags?

    April 10, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  23. Mike, Albany

    If Newt really thinks this, then he's as dumb as she is. His comment, "She's attractive, she's articulate, she has energy" speaks volumes. Let's ask honestly: Would she be as popular if she were unattractive? I seriously doubt it. Her supporters are as shallow as she is.

    April 10, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. Denna

    Palin reminds me of the Saturday Night Live character, Father Guido Salducci. She keeps talking, and talking until your eyes dim and you start to drool from the mind-numbing nonsense that fall from her mouth. She is just perfect for Fox News and their audience.

    April 10, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  25. west coast conserv

    well, well....why didnt CNN post my other remark about a strong conservative woman like Palin, having the strength to stand up to B Hussein and his progressive socialist group. (and anybody say – hidden agenda CNN?)

    April 10, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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