July 14th, 2010
09:19 AM ET
4 years ago

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. Ben in Texas

    Substituting one scandal-ridden bunch of cronies for another does not constitute real change, Newtie.

    July 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Susan in NC

    As a "neighbor" in North Carolina, I think it's safe to say that South Carolina will NEVER change politically! Same 'ol, same 'ol!

    July 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Newt Gingrich turned his weekly newsletter into an ode

    ode or commode?

    certainly didn't make it better for anyone there with an abode

    maybe Gingrich thought better of his mode

    when sending the SC his code

    but his message is just more of the same old

    time SC quits listening to what they've been told

    and go for the gold

    don't make the same mistakes of years past this year vote dem

    July 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Yes and no. New faces, same party.

    July 14, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Adalbert

    South Carolina is the most backwards state in the union. It is run by ignorant religious fanatics. A miniscule of progress in SC would be considered a miracle.

    July 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    "it is a story worth studying as the country wrestles with bad government policies, a bad economy, big deficits, incompetent bureaucrats, and arrogant politicians"

    Newt, Newt, Newt - you should really stop badmouthing the Bush regime so much. After all, you were a member of the GOP once upon a time, remember? Not only that, you were one of the incompetent bureaucrats and arrogant politicians. Are you that down on yourself? You should go see a psychiatrist.

    July 14, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. jay

    Change will come when they stop being last in everything.

    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. hobart

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

    Gee, Newt, this describes your political career, and the failed policies of the Bush/Cheney era perfectly. And why is it you suddenly embrace Tea Party candidates only after they win their primaries?

    Why is it that Republicans falsely accuse Democrats of their own failed policies and arrogant behavior? When South Carolina's economy continues to tank in 2012, guess who the Republicans will blame? Yup, Obama.

    We've all played by Republican rules for 8 years of Bush/Cheney, and the result is economic collapse with record deficits and debt, and many of us losing everything: our jobs, homes, life savings and health insurance. And these same Republicans lie, filibuster and obstruct any and every effort to rectify things.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. Djinn

    And the besst change of all is that this pompous nay-sayer has been relegated to the sidelines where he can only heckle.

    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. p

    newt- I know you are, but what am I?

    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Minnesotan

    Gingrich is another old prune who needs to get out of office ASAP.

    July 14, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. José

    What change in south carolina? You mean they are quitting all the sex scandals that have plagued them up until last month? You mean their hatred of anything or anyone gay is going to be coming to an end? You mean that because now you've changed the color of the politicians' skin, but they are still talking about the failed Reaganomics which have plunged our nation into the New Depression? Which part is 'profoundly new' again?

    July 14, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. rdepontb

    Dear Dr. Gingrich,

    Your line, "worth studying as the country wrestles with bad government policies, a bad economy, big deficits, incompetent bureaucrats, and arrogant politicians," refers me back to the Bush/Cheney years, except the morally-corrupt part is missing here. We do not have such a short memory, sir.

    July 14, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. ruty

    Newt, you need to shut up and go back to Georgia. SC dosen't need you to tell them what their problems are. You have a history of making a mess of everything. I think SC is capable of making decisions without your poor input.

    July 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. DJ in TX

    When will someone have the guts to call out Mr. Gingrich? This man was disgraced form Congress. Why do people give him a voice. He is outside the mainstream and is classified a Far right lunatic. I wouldn't belive one word that comes out his mouth.

    July 14, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. JFS

    Actally CHANGE would not be the word here...SAME OLD THING would apply to this conservative RED State. Sometimes the word CONSERVAIVISM is used in place of the word STAGNATION. Change is used to fog up the clear message being sent. I fear that SC has fallen another 10yrs behind the progress of the rest of the country ...whom by the way , pays all of the bills on the BIG PROJECTS that those low generating tax revenue states not only demand ...but insists that it deserves. Not sure how much longer our Federal Government can carry these free-loading SMALL RED States. They have become a barrier to the progress of the USA.

    July 14, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Just when you think it can't get any worse, here comes Newt. Oh Gawd !!!

    July 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. Keith in Austin

    Conservatism is the direction our Country must go. Enough with the tax-and-spend Liberal Democrats!

    On Jan. 1st, 2011 Americans will start to realize the impact of Obama's pork barrel spending and frivelous entitlements via major increases in their taxes. Change YOU can believe in folks!

    July 14, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. lucy

    Still playing the Michael Steele trick I see.

    July 14, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Marty

    Arrogant politicians indeed, of which he is well acquainted. I really had a good laugh with that one. He can't be serious about a run for President. It may be his time though. Who else do they have that is any better? It must be awful to think Newt might be the best of the lot.

    July 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Whatever

    The Republicians have been in charge in South Carolina since the beginning of time. What change has come?! LOL Come on now Newt... is the air so thin up there that you can't remember that fact?!?!

    July 14, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Scene from a 2012 presidential debate:

    Moderator: "Speaker Gingrich – are America's best days still ahead of us?"

    Gingrich: "Absolutely. Working in conjunction with Congress and state Governors, we can execute common sense solutions and finally unleash the entrepreneurial fervor that has been stifled by the current administration over the past 4 years."

    Moderator: "Mr. President – I'll ask you the same question."

    Obama: "Ummmm... errrrr... Hope... uhhhhh... uhhhhh... change."

    July 14, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. Cody

    Looking forward to the day that this pathetic, loathsome individual decides to pack it in and just count his money.

    July 14, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Mike Chino Hills

    This guy is an idiot!! Made our country look bad by chasing Clinton down for Adultery, while all the while doing it himself.

    Crush this pc. of crap!!

    Yes, I'm a Conservative!! Not a Republican..

    July 14, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Anne P. CA

    Newt....you and your "righties" are far from "change"! In fact, it's nothing by a worse form of the regime that got us in this mess that you want to conveniently blame the current administration for. I know people who have carelessly racked up back debt on credit cards and it takes them years to work out of it. I can only imagine what the wars from your previous cronies is going to cost us in recovery time. So, quit the gloating and accept some if not most of the blame for the rotten economy. You are doing nothing to help us get out of this mess by being obstructionists. The pompous attitudes from the GOP as they do what they can to see America fail is appalling at best. Self-interest & power is all you care about and you manage to fool your followers by playing the "real America" BS. We have a lot of lemmings in this country, very sad.

    July 14, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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