August 30th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Coburn: Gingrich the last person I'd vote for

Sen. Tom Coburn had some harsh words on Friday for former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Sen. Tom Coburn had some harsh words on Friday for former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich.

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich's camp refused to respond Monday to some sharp words spoken by fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, just days after the Oklahoma senator said Gingrich is the "last person I'd vote for" during a town hall meeting.

"I'm not going to respond to that," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN.

Coburn ripped GOP heavyweight Newt Gingrich on Friday and took a shot at the possible 2012 contender's politics and his personal life.

"[Gingrich is] a super-smart man," Coburn said at a town hall meeting in Wagoner, Oklahoma, but added, "he's the last person I'd vote for president of the United States."

"His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president," Coburn said.

The comments were first reported by Tulsa World, and Coburn's Senate office confirmed their accuracy to CNN.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Tom Coburn
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. MR AMERICA

    Lies Conservates Love to Tell:

    The Dems failed to fix the economy (it takes more than 2 years)

    The Liberals are full of hate and close-minded (lol)

    Trickle Down works (it doesn't...never did)

    Conservatives want Freedom for All (unless you are gay, a minority, want marijuana or an abortion, don't like guns, or like video games, TV, and movies that have sex and bad language)

    August 30, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Hahahahah

    And the R's continue to rip each other apart. Nov will be ugly for them.

    August 30, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. Hahahahah

    Glenn Beck is a MORMON!! (and a MORON)

    August 30, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Bill, Bloomington Il

    The party of NO bickering among each other. Just what the party of HATE wanted.

    August 30, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Larry Bradenton, FL

    The Republicans don't like anything or anyone...even their own!

    August 30, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. jim

    So lets keep electing smart community organizers to the goverment and turn this country into "a socialist utopia" .We also need to elect more "borrow and blame "dems to office to complete the take over !!!right?............

    August 30, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. GiveMeABreak

    That is not a surprise. Newt's views have not changed since the days as speaker of the house. Why would anyone think he is worth voting for now. Sarah Palin is the last person I would vote for, then the FAT HEAD Carl Rove, then Newt.

    August 30, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Steve in Denver

    @Eric: What a bunch of drivel. The last paragraph of your post says nothing but that you are juvenile, like the rest of your neocon mom's basement buddies.

    As for whay not Newt, does the word "adultery" mean anything to you? The recent article on Newt where his ex says he only has to talk the talk, not walk the walk, is why he is a dirt bag unfit for office. If you say Clinton should be impeached for infidelity while you are having an affair (while your wife is ill, no less), you are a two faced scum neocon.

    August 30, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  9. Bill

    Being from Oklahoma and still hving family there I have encouraged each of them to vote for Dr. Coburn. Now I may have to rethink my support for him.

    August 30, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Ken in NC

    WOW...............Senator Coburn's brain is beginning to show signs of life.

    August 30, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. Joe E.

    There was only one loser politician who was elected after he lost once. That was Nixon, and we've been paying for it since he was booted from office. Newt doesn't have Nixon's paranoia, so he's toast. I hope wins the nomination. It would be almost as easy a win for the President as if Palin nabbed the RNC nomination. Nothing would please me more than NOT having a republican in office. They have been destroyers of economies since they were founded before the Civil War. Now THAT'S a consistent record!

    August 30, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. stevegee

    Hypothetically in 2012: Obama versus Gingrich .. Now who you voting for? More change to Socialism? OR more freedom and liberty?

    In the meantime, this November vote American, vote Republican.

    August 30, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Mike

    It'll be a long time before I can vote for another Republican after their bogus ware in Iraq that costed tax payers 800 billion and counting!

    August 30, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Steve in Denver

    Before we think about voting for newt, can we consider that he wrote this grandiose "contract on America" with ten points, and delivered exactly ZERO of those ten promises? 0 for 10. Kind of like his moral character.

    August 30, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    I say just give each of these two a hammer, put them in a room together, and let them beat the rightwing mush out of their brains. Then throw in valwayne to challenge the winner.

    The stupidity of the people who come on here as apologists for the [R]ightwing is absolutely astounding. And their astounding stupidity might take 2nd place to the abominable delusion they display. These are the people, who happily supported the KNOWN [R] failure from 2000-2006, who now want to take back power from the [D]s? And here I thought "conservatives" didn't smoke crack.

    August 30, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. morgan

    Wait, you mean he'd rather vote for Me? Wicked! Look, any Republitard is the last person I'd vote for, why ruin the country even more the iraq was was pegged recently at 727 trillion and those chrisitan fools want to blame Obama. It's no different then when those same racists losers blamed the Jews in the past. I wish those old white goats would stop poisoning the minds of their young – IF they make it back from their military service (serving god, no doubt).

    August 30, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Joe

    "[Gingrich is] a super-smart man," Coburn said. Yes, erudition touches the head but it does little for the heart.

    August 30, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. KLS

    Jeez, Newt is thinking about running for President...guess he's hoping for short-term memory loss by the GOP.

    He resigned as Speaker of the House for ethics violations dating back to September 1994 and had to pay a $300,000 fine. Which was the first time for the House's 208-year history

    He was also having an affair while being one of the ring leaders to impeach Clinton.

    Not exactly a family values type of guy!!

    August 30, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. felicia

    I know right, gingrich is grinch who's time is up on running for president. He's to far right with extreme values that is not tune with any one.

    August 30, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Future expat

    And Americans want to put this gang of idiots back in power? God save us all.

    August 30, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Rich

    He is the last person I would vote for also. Ginrich represents America past. We are not going back.

    August 30, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gingrich put his character in the garbage can knowing he was guilty of adultry while making a grandstand to impeach Clinton. What you do in the dark always comes to light and Gingrich did it to himself, he's a self righteous cheat and liar.

    August 30, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Ralph H

    Gingrich was banging his secretary when he was Speaker which caused his wife to divorce him. He took the same exact type of money while Speaker that he engineered Jim Wright's resignation over. He lies about Obama raising taxes on small business owners when they are mostly in the group of wage earners making less than $250,000 whose taxes Obama cut. He fans the flames of ignorance and prejudice over the NY mosque issue.

    If he is, indeed, as intelligent as Sen. Coburn says, then his character must be called into question.

    August 30, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. ronnyg

    Stevegee: "Vote American, vote republican."

    You right-wingers are very sick people. You have no room for debate, it's just that your way is right. America was founded on democracy, which means debating issues on the MERITS (i.e., not saying, "Uh, Obama's a socialist." "Oh really, what does that mean?" "Uh, I don't know, but it's bad."

    Ironically, those of you who think you're the "true" Americans and patriots are exactly the opposite. You'd accept Glenn Beck as your king.

    August 30, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Pel

    Finally a Republican who has the mental toughness to speak up when his party members go to far.

    August 30, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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