July 14th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
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Gingrich: 'Change has come to South Carolina'

Newt Gingrich visited the key presidential primary state of South Carolina last week.
Newt Gingrich visited the key presidential primary state of South Carolina last week.

Washington (CNN) - Fresh off a visit to South Carolina that featured fundraisers for the state Republican party and GOP House candidate Tim Scott, Newt Gingrich turned his weekly newsletter into an ode to the key presidential primary state.

Newt praised Scott and Republican gubernatorial nominee Nikki Haley, two fresh-faced candidates with unabashedly conservative views, as "signs of profound change."

"Change has come to South Carolina, and it is a story worth studying as the country wrestles with bad government policies, a bad economy, big deficits, incompetent bureaucrats, and arrogant politicians," Gingrich wrote Wednesday in his newsletter, which is distributed by the conservative magazine HumanEvents.com.

Unlike Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, two possible presidential rivals in 2012, Gingrich did not endorse Haley until after she survived her brutal primary battle. But Gingrich downplayed those early endorsements.

"Nikki was helped by endorsements from Governors Romney and Palin, but the victory was hers," he wrote. "She has built a reform sentiment and a citizen movement that will be a potent force in creating a better future for South Carolina."

Gingrich pointed out that he knew Haley and Scott, an African-American, before their rise to national prominence, when they were serving in the State House.

The former House Speaker also endorsed four more South Carolina Republicans: House candidates Mick Mulvaney and Trey Gowdy, State Superintendent of Education candidate Mick Zais and state Treasurer candidate Curtis Loftis.


Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Nikki Haley • South Carolina • Tim Scott
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    Really?Since when does "Clutch Cargo"here know anything about squat, after his "Contract to Destroy America" and sending our jobs to other countries and insourcing our jobs down the gutter with millions of work visas?

    July 14, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Bill from GA

    Why do these pompous blowhards on the national scene think they have the knowledge to comment on or support one candidate in a local race? Whether it’s Bill Clinton’s endorsement in the GA elections, or jerkhead losers like Newt, McCain, Palin or Romney, their endorsement is less than meaningless unless they know about all of the candidates and make an informed choice.

    No one should pay attention to these mindless endorsements, Dem or Repug.

    July 14, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. proud dem in nc

    Can't believe this has-been might run for President. He stunk as Speaker of the House. Went to wife's death bed to ask for a divorce. He is a total scum bag loser!! Typical Rethuglican.

    July 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Surthurfurd

    Oh goodie.. more politicians promising "Change." What we need is more consistency, less corruption, and a set of common goals. We do not need Left or Right wing idealistic changes.

    July 14, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  5. D. Tree

    Not only do Republicans not have any new ideas, they can't even come up with an original campaign slogan!

    July 14, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. Alan

    Newt - another great example of a man with morals and a true belief in his fellow man. What a dolt!

    Here's the deal, folks - in case it's been too long to remember. That economy you're tired of waiting to recover? It would be BETTER NOW if the GOP wasn't such a bunch of screaming babies stomping their feet and screaming NO.

    I realize Obama is working slower than Bush/Cheney did. It took them a whole EIGHT YEARS of lies and ingnoring the economy, denials and tax breaks to the wealthiest to get the economy in the horrible shape it was in when Obama took office.

    My disappointment in Obama is that he hasn't stood up enough to the Republicans and just pushed what he believes is needed through. Then the economy WOULD be getting even better than it is.

    Get real. There are mind games flying and surprise surprise it's the Republicans playing them - again.

    July 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Dano

    Newt apparently is unaware that change is also desperately needed within the GOP, as their views have become so extreme and uncompromising that the country is literally being torn apart by their partisan attacks on the US Government.

    July 14, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "as the country wrestles with bad government policies, a bad economy, big deficits, incompetent bureaucrats, and arrogant politicians"

    Just can't stop talking about yourself, eh Newtered?

    July 14, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. G.I. Jane

    Obama stole the "change" slogan from Sarah Palin.
    Now The Newt is jumping on it. And so many people
    thought Sarah Palin was dumb. Just goes to show.

    July 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Ed L

    "Change has come to South Carolina, and it is a story worth studying as the country wrestles with bad government policies, a bad economy, big deficits, incompetent bureaucrats, and arrogant politicians," .... yes but that was the bush administration, dope....

    July 14, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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