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. triker44

    Hooray for Dr Coburn! It is about time someone told the truth about Newt Gangrene errr Gingrich!

    August 30, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. PAC

    Jim apparently doesn't know what he's talking about calling our president a "socialist" keep drinking the Republican/Fox News/Tea party KOOL-Aid Jim so that people like you won't be able to vote in the next election

    August 30, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Mike in Red State Kansas

    When I see has beens like Gingrich claim to be running for the highest office when they know they don't have a chance, I see just another money grubbing politician trying to raise some money. Remember Rudy? He collected a little cash and slinked away like a typical slime ball.

    August 30, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Bill G

    Let's also remember that Reagan increased taxes six times during his presidency including what was at the time, the biggest tax increase in history. The Republicans had eight years under "W" and what happened? Now they expect Obama to fix it instantly. It was said a few years ago that it would take ten years to undo what he did. Bush took Clinton's 200 billion surplus and turned into a 700 billion defeicit and that didn't include the nearly trillion dollars more for his unjustified war. Whether it's Newt or whoever, if the Repubs are going back to those failed policies, it can only be worse. Whatever happens with Obama, don't they see that the Independents, who carry the weight, rejected those policies in the last election.

    August 30, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. dmac

    why won,t fail polititian just take the money an go away

    August 30, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Eric

    Steve in Colorado,
    Contrary to what liberals sputtered and spittled about, Clinton WAS NOT impeached for adultery, affairs, cigars, plus-sized thong underwear, having poor taste in fat girls, or doing the "hokey pokey" with the hired help.

    He was impeached for perjury.

    Learn the difference.

    As for Barry Barack Hussein Duhnam Soetoro Obama... hey, he's your president... you voted for him, not me... maybe YOU can tell me why he felt a need to use an alias, or why you didn't feel the need to look more closely into why he felt that need?

    August 30, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Adalbert

    It is inconceivable as to why any working class American in their right mind would want to vote for the republicans?
    Republicans never done anything to help the working class and they never will. They are in the pockets of the corporations and other special interests with huge resources. Money and power is all that Newt interested in.

    August 30, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Buddy

    Gingrich is a loser, and a radical.

    No one has forgotten that he cheated on his wife who was dying in a hospital of Cancer. Trash bag egomaniac.

    More family values from the party that touts them and but doesn't follow them.

    August 30, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Sparky

    Could it be??????? a Republican FINALLY speaks the truth?

    August 30, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. michael Gargiulo

    Ouch. and, I would agree.

    August 30, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Steve in Denver

    @John: "Good job Coburn. I'm going to let you in on a little strategic hint here, you insult the opposition party, not, I repeat, not, your own."

    This is precisely what is WRONG with our political discourse. Why is allegence to the republican (or democratic) party more important that doing what is right for the country? Never in recent history has a party been in such lockstep as the R's, and look where that got us. If only some of you all would have listened to Ron Paul and some of the democrats with a backbone, we wouldn't have gone to Iraq. If some of you would have listened again to Ron Paul and John McCain, we would have had sensible economic policies rather than unpaid for tax cuts for the wealthy.

    If you are a Republican, you can't support, say, education? If you are a Democrat, you can't support, say, gun rights?

    This party unity crap is what is destroying our government, which will destroy our country. We need politicians who will debate issues on the merits of the issue, not what the party boss says or what will make the president (and the country) fail.

    August 30, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Eric

    The fact is, you cannot praise Bill Clinton's economic record without simultaneously praising Newt Gingrich.

    August 30, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. radioactive

    Last person he would vote for? You mean he would vote for PALIN over Gingrich(ha ha ha)

    August 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. GOP hate America

    I wont vote for him either - Go Obama 2012

    August 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. aliou in Jacksonville, FL

    I would love the republican party to clamor for Gingrich's candidacy. That would make my day.

    August 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  16. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Newt & Sarah for Co-President (ial candidates) – they'll NEVER get elected.

    August 30, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  17. bettie

    I just hope the Republicans nominate one of these kooks for President in 2012. That will ensure an Obama win.

    August 30, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. GJB3

    I'm not voting for anyone named after a slimy amphibian.

    August 30, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. Peter s

    There is a leadership vacuum in the Republican Party!! and that's the reason why Becks rally oops fox news rally was/is a strategy to fill the void, Becks has decrayed his faithas a mormon of which its really goodII if its not meant to hood wink the public to support Mitt Romney. The idea behind is, simple if you can follow Becks as mormon why can't you vote for a mormon president!. The mosque scandal, the Fox rally so called Becks!, the birthers, the tea baggers, black panther, are part of the strategy!!

    August 30, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  20. Dennis

    A "newt" is defined as follows: "a small lizard-like amphibian." How appropriate for this piece of human scum who deserves nothing more then the shallows for the rest of his life. I can't believe he is even considering a run. As a progressive, I really hope he does. Even the worst of the Democrats could beat him and the campaign would allow everything to come out about him once more.

    August 30, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. yokayoka

    Tell him the truth senator.

    August 30, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  22. Steven P

    On August 30th, 2010 5:35 pm ET, Sparky wrote:"Could it be??????? a Republican FINALLY speaks the truth?"

    Still waiting for a Dem to follow suit.

    See? I can write inanely as well.

    Sheesh, you "party over country" people are so predictable.

    August 30, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. oskar

    Finally and honest comment from a Republican.

    August 30, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  24. Mike - WA

    "[Gingrich is] a super-smart man," .... "he's the last person I'd vote for president of the United States."

    No surprise from a member of a politcal party to thrives on the stupidity of the populace. Cannot have intelligence in the Party.

    Go Sarah Palin ... love those fake breasts and makeup-caked face. Now that's a great representative for the Republican Party and the Christian religion they have hijacked.

    August 30, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  25. Paul

    Newt is a good husband, good father, family values man and God sent. He has been faithful to his mutliple wives as a good Christian. The question is to know why a family man, good husband and father doesn't deserve OUR support? I am talking about president Obama. Where are the family values people? The Bible said in Matthew to go around the world and preach and make everybody the disciples of Jesus Christ (White, Black, Orange, Green..) Now we have a president who is telling you that he is a Christiona. Instead of embrassing him, they don't like him, his children, his wife. They like Beck, Hannity, Newt and Rush because they are part of PALINTOLOGY (science of ignorance). Pharisees killed Jesus because they didn't think that he was a son of God. Since when Christians are closing door to others who want to be part of Kingdom. We got it for free, we have to bring others to Christ. Since when Newt has barometer of who is Christian and who is not?
    Hypocrites, Hypocrites and God will take care of you.
    Chantilly, Virginia

    August 30, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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