August 17th, 2010
04:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich went too far, says Buchanan

 Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, is being criticized by conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan.
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, left, is being criticized by conservative stalwart Pat Buchanan.

(CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's latest comments regarding the controversial Islamic center near the site of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack are being called "absurd" - from no less a conservative stalwart than Pat Buchanan.

Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, the former presidential candidate and conservative commentator said recent comments from Gingrich likening the proposed project to the hanging of a Nazi symbol outside the Holocaust Museum were merely part of the former Speaker's efforts to appear more controversial than Sarah Palin.

"Newt is a political opportunist," Buchanan said. "What Newt is doing is he's trying to get out and be more flamboyant and more charismatic, if you will, and more controversial than Sarah Palin, who is his primary challenger, if he gets into Iowa and New Hampshire. She will take all his oxygen and a lot of his support."

Both Palin, the former vice presidential nominee, and Gingrich are thought to be among the leading Republicans considering a presidential bid next year.

Gingrich's original comments came Monday, when in an apperance on Fox News he targeted President Obama for appearing to support the proposed controversial construction near ground zero.

"Nazis don't have the right to put up a sign next to the Holocaust Museum in Washington," Gingrich said, adding, "We would never accept the Japanese putting up a site next to Pearl Harbor."

"I think bringing the Nazis into the argument is always absurd in American politics, because there is no valid comparison there," Buchanan said. "And secondly, you know, you bring that in, and that's all we start talking about. So I think Newt went too far with that comment. But I know why he's doing it."

Buchanan is no stranger to controversial statements - he's perhaps best known for his 1992 Republican National Convention speech that, among other things, derided abortion rights and the homosexual rights movement.


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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans don't want Newt and they darn sure don't want Palin. Next.

    August 17, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Fine, okay, whatever. Nevertheless, all true Amercicans agree that our incompetent president is leading us down a dark pathway to destruction.

    August 17, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. sheppard

    That anyone actually listens to newt is shocking enough... and 'proudmember' is an idiot.

    August 17, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. D Ridge

    Newt is a headline grabber. First he weighs in on the Marriage debate which of course he is an expert having 3 wives and giving his second wife her divorce papers in the hospital recovery bed..... and now this he needs attention so he stirs the pot with crackpot ideas like this. He KNOWS what the Constitution says and guarantees.....

    August 17, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "how come NO ONE cries for the 40,000 plus Americans that die ......each.....and every year because they do not have healthcare?!"

    Because we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

    August 17, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Matt - KC

    aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob –

    You have issues. I've read your moronic posts the last couple of days and I just can't NOT RESPOND. It's people like you that make me embarrassed to be an American. I serverd in Desert Storm and was stationed overseas for years. I cringed when I heard Europeans laugh at us. It is for people like you that they laughed.

    Sincerely.....

    August 17, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Greg

    Newt is a fat, white, extreme right-wing conservative christian.

    If you want a fat, white, extreme right-wing conservative christian America, vote for him.

    August 17, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. ED FL

    I think that Newt Needs a date with BEN QUAYLE, now that he is over the hill for woman.

    August 17, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Larry

    LOL. God, Gingrich. You're going to lose to Palin.

    That's just plain pathetic.

    August 17, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Jeff in TX

    Palin/Gingrich, 2012. Unbelievable. Seriously, this type of stuff does the Republican Party no good in reaching out to moderates.

    August 17, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Amazed

    Dear Newt and Sarah.

    Please move to Mars.

    MArry her if you want Newt...what's one more wife in the closet.

    One waytrip please.

    The decent people of this land of ours are sick and tired of your lying mouths.

    The end.

    August 17, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Mike Mc

    As to be expected these days, we've been presented with more and more demagoguery from the GOP. Too bad their vision for the future only extends to stirring up the passions of armchair conspiracy theorists, lowering taxes for the wealthy and deregulating corporations ; all so they can fleece our nation of its wealth to benefit the new global free market economy they are the stewards of.

    August 17, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    Muslims were also victims of the 9/11 attacks. Those gutless scumbag terrorists no more represent Islam than Timothy McVeih, David Karesh or the KKK represent Christianity. One of the many things that those I mentioned have in common with those terrorists is the willfull misuse of religion to further their ruthless attacks on innocent life.

    Would it be okay to build a Christian Church on the site of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City? Sure because even though McVeih claimed to be a Christian some his victims actually were. The same is true of twin towers. The only difference betwee the two cases would be one's own prejudice.

    August 17, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Sandy in Portland

    To the proud member of the unpatriotic mob, you're an idiot. To call you stupid would be to credit you with actually having a brain. So, you're just an idiot. My mother used to tell me if I couldn't say something nice about someone, I should say nothing at all. But I just couldn't pass this up. You're an idiot.

    August 17, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob August 17th, 2010 4:35 pm ET
    "Both Pat and Newt can relax. The inept, corrupt, union toady we now have as president is dropping like a rock in the polls now that Americans can see him clearly for the dunce and socialist tool that he really is. Anyone will beat him in 2012. Although beating will be easy ( I think there is a chance what is left of the democratic party ofter November may actually dump him), we need someone who is truly great to lead us out of the muck and mire he has created in less than two years. That should be our concern."

    Socialist, really? You're going with socialist? Get a clue, brocephus. Go to a real socialist website and see what they think of our corporate tool president. This country has been pushed so far to the right over the last 30 years that anyone left of Ted Nugent appears to be a socialist to "real Americans." Have a nice day!

    August 17, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. Len

    It really gets me when the conservatives and republicans talk about the Constitution of the United States. It only means something when it fits their agenda (which is usually fear and hate). The 1st Amendment allows for Religious Freedom. (please read it).The president indicated all religions are free to worship in the United States. This is a community center for Muslims (who are Americans) just like protestants, catholics and other forms of religion. This is in their community...it is 2 1/2 blocks away from Ground Zero. The muslim religion does not deal with hate and killing. The fanatics who destroyed the twin towers does not represent the Muslim religion.

    Understand the Constitution and the right of freedom of religion in this great country. We mourn the deaths of our fellow Americans (Jews, Blacks, Whites, Asians, Muslims, Catholics, Prostestants, those who didnot worship) who died on the terrible day.......But please do not condemn an entire people and religion because of the HATE and FEAR mongers.

    We are the United States of America who are composed of many cultures and races from all over the world....Be Americans not Haters!

    August 17, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. jeff

    If Obama's poll numbers are falling into oblivion, Gingrich and Palin will set them right again. Say whatever you will about Obama's leadership – by comparison, these two are just a hilarious political joke. Even Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan would cringe in dismay that some people actually take them seriously.

    August 17, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Drew Williams

    Buchanan is correct in that Newt Gangrene is and always has been an opportunist.

    What he fails to mention is that the entire Republican establishment has undertaken a race to the bottom, fielding candidate after wing-nut candidate who literally compete with each other to win the title of most vile, pandering populist puke in their respective races.

    They think this won't cost them in November? Ha, Obama could show up at a press conference wearing a hammer-and-sickle patch on his shirt pocket and come across as more reasonable to the middle than these right-wing nuts — and that's where races are won.

    August 17, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. B

    Gingrich Does not know when to get off the stage. How do these morons show their faces after the past they represent?

    This Islamic Center talk is yet another scare tactic by these "has been" Republicans trying to use it as a political wedge yet again.

    Unconscionable Fools..

    August 17, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Rush Goebbels

    Just when you thought Newt might have a brain,he proves us wrong.He must have gotten dressed down by his commander,Rush the walking blimp.

    August 17, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. ralph malph

    Hey "Guy with the really long 'unpatriotic' name (aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob) ," you come across really loud and clear. Just like all of the other talking point, ignorant repeaters of nonsense. You are hanging onto something that is not going to happen. The present administration is doing a very good job, and will be around for a while. I wish the "right" would step up to the plate with something other than unwarranted nonsense. We need debate, and you guys never offer anything with substance. Do us a favor and step away from talking points and offer something with depth.

    August 17, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. Grog in Ohio

    it is stunning when Pat Buchanan is a voice of sanity in American conservatism. Absolutely stunning...

    August 17, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. gg

    @ Totus 4 President:

    All TRUE Americans are sick to death of the hard core reactionaries and Republican Tea Partiers leading us down a dark pathway to destruction. NO MORE!

    August 17, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. BradKT

    It's only when conservatives start to police their own...and liberals do the same...that the political discourse will improve.

    They set the example for the rest of the country and right now they are setting a very poor example.

    August 17, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Libertyman13

    What a bunch of bullplop. What does this mosque have to do with 9/11? Will someone explain that to me? Nobody with courage should be bothered by this. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11. How can anyone not see this?

    So, conservatives. Let's see you defend your big government agenda now. Explain what this mosque has to do with 9/11. Please draw a connection between those horrible terrorist attacks and these people who have done nothing wrong. If their religion is all you've got, well, then all evangelical Christians are just like Fred Phelps and his statements that American soldiers deserve to die because of abortion and homosexuality, and they are ALL complicit. Every single Catholic is now to blame for the sex abuse crises, the Inquisition, and the Crusades. Let's make sure nobody of German descent is anywhere near a synagogue. Etc. etc. etc.

    August 17, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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