April 10th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
4 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. Tanyia

    Where is Newt getting 40% from? Every national poll I have seen indicated that the majority of people thinks that Sarah Palin was unqualified to be the President.

    Newt like his fellow Republicans are making up numbers.

    April 10, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. DS

    She quit her job and can't speak a full sentence. Please someone explain the attraction to me. I just don't get it and don't want to get it.

    April 10, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  3. Kevin

    We have a thoughtful, intelligent, Christian, Constitutional scholar as POTUS. The Repub's have a disgraced exCongressman touting the attributes (?) of a minimally educated, diversive, right wingnut.

    I fully expect the POTUS to engage in banter with Palin every so often to elevate her standing. This is calculated because she is such a light weight that it is laughable. He and other moderates want her to be the Repubs Presidential nominee.

    As a former Repub, now Independent, I encourage this course of action so our country keeps moving forward. Lots of damage to repair.

    Plus more Tina Fey is always a great thing. Palin and/or Fey are always funny comedians....of course, only Fey understands she is one.

    April 10, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Jackie

    Newt is now apparently delusional and the guy named Mark who make the comment about Palin is an idiot! Palin is just a person who wants attention. If she looked like Janet Reno, none of these men would give her a second thought. That just tells you where their minds are. But of course women have know that about men for years.

    Palin GO AWAY!

    April 10, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Dean in PA

    she represents CLARITY????????????????? What person was he listening to speak? It sure as hell wasn't Sarah-can't-answer-a-single-simple-question-even-remotely-articulately-Palin. Maybe he has Alzheimer's.

    April 10, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Joyce

    I want to know where these people were when Bush was pushing for everyone to have the American dream of a new home and was lending to people that could never repay their loans.
    That is what got us into this mess and all athe repubs can say is cut taxes.

    April 10, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. loraine

    And Bristol could be Secretary of State (if Sarah is President!

    April 10, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Socrates in Leominster

    If Newt thinks that Palin is articulated.. I am Shakeapeare..
    And if Newt thinks that she is attractive.. I didn't know that being attractive is a defning factor of our capacity to lead..
    Interesting that no one among the so called "patriots" mention about Palin's husband interest in wanting Alaska to become an independent country.. and interesting how greediness drives these people.. As soon as the elections were over.. she quit her job and started to write he memoirs (?).. and she wants to tell us what to believe but she didn't had the intellect to guide her daughter so she couldn't have sex and get pregnant when she was in high school.. and Palin thinks that she has the right answers for every thing.. The intellect of this lady is the size of her nose..

    April 10, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. nina

    sarah palin is a disgrace to america and dosent deserve all the media attention she recieve's from her rants on president obama and other issue's. It suprises me every time when people say that she is for the american people but, when she wants to give a speach on her beliefs she charges people. I truly believe that by the time the novemeber midterm election comes the republicans will have a hard time coming up with their message on issues because in 7 months the economy is going to start to grow and the uneployment rate will decrease and democrats will use that as an advantage.

    April 10, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Donald in CA

    Good for gingrich, continue to have unqualified people as your top choice. Maybe this is why the republicans threw him out. Palin has sold the right wing a bunch of wolf tickets and they continue to buy them.

    April 10, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. SnotNose

    The song is the same as in 2008 - if Sarah is the best the Republicans have to offer, they are in far deeper hole than they realize. The midterm elections might bring them a few gains, however that will strictly be a temporary anti-incumbent reaction. By the time the presidential elections roll around, that will be over, and the Democrats will dancing in joy as Sarah drags the right wing down to defeat again.

    April 10, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. toughlove

    Palin quit her job. Obama did drugs. Which is worse?

    April 10, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Bob

    Newt, LOL! Lay off the Kool-Aide.

    April 10, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Donna from Colorado Springs

    Newt Gingrich supporting Palin is why the Republican party is in such deep trouble. Is this what their future looks like?

    April 10, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. Arizona Thoughts

    Gingrich – what the hell are you smoking? Intelligent – not even, articulate – maybe to trash talking people who use slang; attractive – beauty is in the eye of the beholder and perhaps you need your eyes checked.

    This woman wants nothing more than money – she got bit by the greed bug. Pitiful.

    April 10, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. Julie

    This is the role that Sarah Palin plays in the American psyche...there are many people in the US that cannot put into words exactly why they are angry. Furthermore, there are other people who are angry because they have an underlying bias against (fill in the blank). However, the underlying bias against (fill in the blank) that these folks feel is not politically correct – or for that matter, not morally correct either and they know it.

    Therefore, Sarah Palin, reframes their anger into words that are more politically (and morally) correct even though her arguments are not sound and do not truly reflect why these angry folks are angry. She is an 'anger channeler' for lack of a better label.

    By the way, her group of followers would not recognize an unsound argument if it ran over them.

    April 10, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Mia

    She's attractive. Why does that matter? It doesn't. So I would like people to quit listing that as if it were a qualification for any kind of leadership position.

    April 10, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. Rabble Rouser

    Indescribably incredible!

    April 10, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. RTB

    Can we have an example of one articulate thing that the Alaskan Air Head has actually said?

    As for Newt being the one to speak for the Republican Party! Is the right wing so desperate to put up this piece of garbage, he was thrown out of office for incompetence.

    On top of that he was caught with his pants down during a lecherous affair with a staff volunteer while his wife was dying of cancer.

    The party of family values is hillarious.

    April 10, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Recently Employed by Federal Stimulus Spending

    That a boy Newt...keep pandering to the exteme right-wing of your party...that will turn off all of us moderates and independants and ensure that you won't have a snowball's chance in hell of ever being President.

    April 10, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. VP Joe Biden

    Obama/Clinton 2012?

    April 10, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. Ed

    "... maybe 40%...", prove it Newt. Maybe it's 20% or maybe 2%, it really doesn't matter to me. I would never vote for a quitter. How can I be certain she wouldn't quit the presidency and go do a game show or a dance show?

    April 10, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. JimS

    From one irrelevant has-been, a ringing endorsement of someone equally irrelevant. Yeah, Newt, whatever. PT Barnum was right.

    April 10, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. VOICE OF REASON

    To TRUTH. Your comments are so funny I have laughing every since I read them! Sure she MAY have pull in 10,000 people, but since the camera NEVER pulled back we don't really know. Most of the audience was there to look and laugh at this tooty fruty nut cake and her babbling friends. When the good Lord said "Brains" you must have thought he said "Trains" and that you would take the next one! The country waking up? You bet we are to the fact that you Republicans must NEVER again be allow to hold power in the White House not after what your party and GWB did to this great country and come the Mid Term you might be in for quite a surprise. People have been watching quietly over these last 17 months the party of "HELL NO" and we DON'T like what we see. LOTFLMAO.

    April 10, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Brian

    32 comments thus far and three are pro-Palin. Yeah, 40 percent, right Newt?

    April 10, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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