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. Randy

    Paris Hilton was also hugely popular with the masses. Sarah Palin is about as smart as Paris. Both have a talent for making a ton of money saying nothing.

    It doesn't say much about the American public does it? I really wonder about the intelligence of the Tea Party.

    April 10, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. MARLA WILLIAMS

    YEAH RIGHT!! well i guess so WHO ELSE DO THEY HAVE in the Republican party that is worth anything? poor Things they are soooo in Trouble for the next election I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE it all unfold and BUST right in front of the RNC party!! i will be LMAO!!.... what is funny about this is the REPUBLICAN party didnt support Mccain and Palin when they ran on the ticket for President they were MAD at Mccain for picking her as his VP!! nor do they support there own leader steel?? no one in the Republican party likes Chenny or Gingrich!! they are just a BUNCH of CLOWNS and it is sad that some Americans dont see it and it will only be affecting them in the next election.

    April 10, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. cel

    Newt still hasn't recognized that The Republicans lost. Maybe if he did, then the others would get on board and start supporting the people instead of the party.

    April 10, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. MARLA WILLIAMS

    the only thing the Dems would have to do is Put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Ticket for the next election and they will When AGAIN!! there would not even be a race the Repulicans dont have anyone to run against that force!!>....

    April 10, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Clown News Network

    More palin stories CNN will always fail I don't even read the palin stories on cnn's website I just comment. I refuse to waste brain cell on a palin story. CNN is a CLOWN NETWORK

    April 10, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Denise

    Sarah Palin is very important....she brings in the secret racist vote!

    April 10, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. LouAz

    Nice that Newt has a new profession . . . stand up comic . He is really FUNNY !

    April 10, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. Allen Stevens

    After a MAJORITY of Americans voted Obama to the White House, old newt said that palin was to inexperienced to be a VP. Now, I know the Caribou Bimbo is not even close to the sharpest tool in the barn, but come on newt, there is NO WAY she has gained the experience needed to run the country. Her state is in ruins fisically, worse than California. I am living in Georgia and am embarrased to even say that with newt living here too. newt is not a liked man here, and I have not met anyone yet that has anything good to say about this crook. newt LIES!!!!!

    April 10, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. John

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

    Sarah Palin personifies everthing that is wrong with conservatism. William F Buckley must be turning in his grave.

    April 10, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Dave

    Yeah, she had so much courage, that she quit her term as governor.
    The term she was elected to by the citizens of Alaska. I guess the new motto is " When the going gets tough, I should quit and try to make as much money as possible!"

    April 10, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Bridget

    40% of the country? Really Newt!?! I think that's highly inflated. Try 4%, the rest of us can see her for what she is. And articulate? I know five year olds who are more articulate than her. Must be nice to have the wool so thoroughly pulled over your eyes.

    April 10, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Sandy

    Newt hasn't changed-isn't that a sexist remark. I bet he wouldn't refer to a male "SuperStar" as being attractive.

    April 10, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Pat

    Palin's important? To who? And why? She not only grates upon my common sense, morality and intelligence. That voice grates upon me like fingernails on a blackboard. OUCH! Imagine having to listen to a state of the union address by the likes of her. I betcha NOT!

    April 10, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Sure Palin is important to the GOP – she's their messenger for all their hate-filled lies. She's a pretty-on-the-outside person, attractive to those who also excuse all their bad behavior with their professed Christian faith; those who are resentful towards people more intelligent than they are; those who can't stand having a Black man as President and a woman as Speaker of the House.

    Gingrich and the GOP are experts at paying lipservice to their base, using all the right code words such as anti-gay, anti-abortion and pro-gun.

    It always amazes me how this base can't understand they are being used by the likes of Palin, Gingrich, the GOP and all the rest who are laughing all the way to the bank.

    They don't care about anything except power and money. Their actions for years have spoken louder than any words they could ever utter.

    Only a fool would believe the likes of Gingrich and Palin and think that they EVER have cared about the average American longer than it takes to get them into the voting booth.

    April 10, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. T. Jefferson

    That's so cute. He's talking about someone who allegedly wants to run the free world and the very first thing he comes up with is "She's attractive, she's articulate..."

    What's next, Noot? She's "vivacious?" "Well-spoken?" How many adjectives do we have to burn through before we get to "easy on the eyes" and "not quite as sharp as a sack of wet mice?"

    April 10, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Bachman Palin Overdrive coming to a city near you. The retards with Charles Manson eyes will lie about and distort any issue for you and your family. PLEASE keep this up teagaggers.

    April 10, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. tradewinds

    I cannot wait for the 3 ring circus........Sorry, I mean the republican party candidates for 2012! It promises to be the most interesting election year in our history. Bill Maher and Comedy Central are going to have a field day! The jokes will be coming faster than they can write! Palin will be there along with all the other idiots trying to take our country back. They still don't know what that means. Does it mean take it back from the intelligent and give it to the less intelligent, again? In summary....If, somehow, the rebublicans win, I sure hope the Mayans were correct about 12/20/2012!

    April 10, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Irma in North Carolina

    I think Newts wife better start being by his side. Sounds like Newt is beside him self over Sarah. Newt watch out John Boy will be after you he found her. Of course look what he did to his first wife, just like John Boy did. What pair John and Newt make. Guess Todd better start looking for a Mother for Sarahs children. Sarah as a speech writer but then she cant even read the speech right.

    April 10, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. ThinkAgain

    Here's an intersting tidbit about Palin:

    Palin quit her job as Governor of Alaska to pursue celebrity and money.

    Palin left Alaska with debts equal to 70 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

    Because of Palin, Alaska now has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio of all 50 states.

    Alaska’s ratio is far lower than Greece’s, but is similar to that of Jordan and Canada, and is a higher ratio than Ghana, the Ivory Coast, India, the Philippines or Uruguay.

    So much for her claims about fiscal responsibility!

    April 10, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. Al Bluengreenenbrownenburger

    "she personifies . . . clarity"

    "she's articulate"

    Okay, Newt, April Fools Day was the first, not the tenth.

    Once again, conservatives prove that there is no lie too big or wild or crazy or absurd enough for them to believe.

    April 10, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Donnatella

    They can run this dimwit if they want, they must want Obama to be re-elected, it's one thing to draw a crowd of wingnuts, it's another to run for the highest office in the country, she will see just how popular she is when the people in this country that can see thru her racist retoric send her stupid behind packing.

    April 10, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Gingrich and all the top GOP leaders are looking for another George W. Bush: A puppet who appeals to their base and whose strings they can pull.

    Just like Cheney and Rove were president for 8 years, with GW Bush as their mouthpiece, Gingrich dreams of Palin in the White House, with him and Rove in charge.

    Only a fool would think otherwise.

    April 10, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. frank in valparaiso

    Newt can't open his mouth without lying. Articulate? Palin is brain dead. She couldn't get out of J school without transferring to 5 schools. What an idiot. And this was rip and read journalism.

    I'm astounded Newt was hired anywhere to teach history. He obviously knows nothing about when the Republicans had people who were competent to do the job of President. Last one was Nixon and he as a psychopathic crook. Ooops. Maybe it was getting rocked in Latin America.

    Newt is responsible for how divided this country is. Its his inane anything to win along with senile Reagan that set this country on the road to ruin. But his demonizing both the government and anybody who is not a Republican really has screwed this country. Raising a generation of know nothings in the US didn't help.

    April 10, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Justin

    I would like to see palin pick Gingrinch as her running mate in 2012. I would vote for them. Definitely. Ha. Ha Ha. Ha Ha Ha Ha! He He He He! Ha Ha Ha Ha! Ho Ho Ho Ho!

    April 10, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. Colleen

    Sarah Palin is the best thing to ever happen for the Democratic Party. I really hope she continues babbling and runs for Prez in 2012. Keep talking Sarah. You're definitely helping MY PARTY-THE DEMS!!!

    April 10, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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