October 26th, 2010
05:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich to Obama: Get advice from Bill Clinton

Lima, Ohio (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a piece of advice Tuesday to President Obama, urging him to seek counsel from former President Bill Clinton in the increasingly likely event that Democrats lose control of the House next Tuesday.

Gingrich, asked if he thinks this president can re-calibrate after a midterm drubbing in the way Clinton was able to after Democratic losses in 1994, said "it's up to Obama."

The president can find his footing again, Gingrich suggested, if he "can accept the reality that this is a repudiating election, and can take a deep breath, and frankly sit down and talk to Bill Clinton a while."

"Bill and Hillary Clinton had to go through a lot of thinking in the first six months of 1995," he told CNN. "It was painful, it was difficult, and President Clinton did a tremendous job on working with us on balancing the budget and cutting taxes."

Gingrich was speaking to reporters after headlining an event for his advocacy group, American Solutions, along with Ohio Republican Senate nominee Rob Portman and gubernatorial nominee John Kasich.

Obama "has an enormous opportunity to be in charge if he listens carefully to the American people and if he operates in the framework of what they want," he said.

But Gingrich said Republicans should test the president immediately: If they win, he said, the GOP's "first act of business of the first week" should be to pass a bill outlawing tax increases during a recession.

"And then the president has got to decide: Does he car so much about class warfare that he's going to veto a bill that's going to have lower taxes for every working American?," he asked. "Or is he going to recognize the American people have spoken and sign that bill? That's going to be the first big test."

Looking ahead to Election Day, when he plans to host a celebration at the Reagan Building in downtown Washington, Gingrich predicted that Republicans will have won back the House "before the votes are counted west of the Mississippi."

"By the time we get to the Mississippi River, John Boehner will be the next Speaker of the House," he said. But re-capturing the Senate will be "a little bit harder."


Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Jackalope

    Hah! I'd love to know what Obama's advice to Gingrich would be.

    October 26, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Independent

    Why would anyone listen to Gingrich?

    October 26, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Larry

    Hey Newt, when the Democrats of this country slam the Republicans butt next Tuesday, then we shall see who needs advice

    October 26, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. stevegee

    Don't give Obama any advice. His approval rating is in the tank, and going down the drain. After November 2nd, he'll be nothing more than a lame duck mistake! Vote American, vote Republican.

    October 26, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. The Dude

    But Gingrich said Republicans should test the president immediately: If they win, he said, the GOP's "first act of business of the first week" should be to pass a bill outlawing tax increases during a recession.

    "And then the president has got to decide: Does he car so much about class warfare that he's going to veto a bill that's going to have lower taxes for every working American?," he asked. "Or is he going to recognize the American people have spoken and sign that bill? That's going to be the first big test."

    That has got to be the most idiotic thing I've ever read

    October 26, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. Marco Budgyk

    Note to Gingrich: President Obama didn't ask for your advice.

    October 26, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Dan

    Newt,
    You are a corrupt immoral man. You time has past. Slither under a rock with Delay, Bush, Cheney AND Reagan! Lest we forget how trickle down economics began the road to the present.

    October 26, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. A disgusted former Republican

    It is interesting that Newt is now giving credit to the man who made a fool out of him. Now, if Gingrich will admit that it is his fault for the negative he receives and not the fault of the press, he will be well on the way to recognizing his weaknesses.

    October 26, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. mike

    advice from the worst politician in recent memory. a first order gas bag dedicated to his own advancement and nothing more. should be deported, although none would take him.

    October 26, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. No Tea For Me

    Newt, get advice from Dr. Phil.

    October 26, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Rani McBride

    Newt can take his advice and Shove it!

    October 26, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Eric

    Obama is waaaaaay to narcissistic to seek Bill Clinton's advice.

    October 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. A keen observer

    Pretty strong words for a man who resigned from the House in disgrace. Perhaps Gingrich has forgotten how it worked out for him when he tried to shut down the government to spite President Clinton. It sounds like Newt wants the republicans to get spanked again. Talk about not learning from your mistakes. Stupid is as stupid does!

    October 26, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Bill

    We can either reduce the deficit significantly, or we can cut taxes for billionaires. We can't do both. If the GOP does win back the House and pushes for tax cuts for billionaires, it will help the Dems take back the House on Obama's reelection coat-tails in 2012.

    October 26, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Don't worry about Obama, this is the man who came from nowhere to beat that machine called the Clintons and become the first black President of the US, a feat that was unthinkable even 3 years ago.

    So do you really think a numb-skull like Palin or a faker like Mitt will stand a chance. I'm not worried about Obama, the man will knock your campaign into tomorrow.

    What worries me is that Republican bigots are talking as though they are on the side of righteousness...such delusions can be dangerous, not so much to the country as a whole, but one of these idiots might decide to blow up another building in Oklahoma, killing hundreds of people and children again.

    October 26, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. ron

    My advice to Newt,"get lost and crawl back into your hole."

    October 26, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. jim

    I have yet to see one coment that show even a hint of intelligent thought. It is a historic fact that after the republicans got control of both houses, Bill Clinton decided to do what was best for the country and the outcome was a balanced budget until Bush got in office.

    October 26, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  18. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Gingrich needs to get advise from George W. Bush on how to run and hide. Both should be ashamed of what they did over the last decade with failed Reaganomics policies.

    October 26, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Tom

    Does this man really
    Believe he speaks for
    The public. Politicians
    Lookout for themselves first
    These people draw a paycheck whether or not
    They succeed in doing anything.
    They are rewarded for doing nothing.
    When will we wake up and see that.

    October 26, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Marcus

    As I recall, Gingrich got a present from all his peers while he was there (Congress) in the 90's, remember which one was?
    Because, in my book, anyone who gets such a 'present' loses any credibility of giving any advice to anybody who's in charge of anything...

    October 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. faux news lamebrain

    Please Newt....go kiss Rush's behind some more.....You really think that the GOP has answers.....heck no

    Newt ...you got to go...

    meanwhile Karl Rove is out there swift boating the Dems with funny money being raised....what a crook

    Newt......you are no Bill Clinton.....that's for sure

    October 26, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Jerome

    Newt praising Bill Clinton? Did he have a lobotomy or something...

    October 26, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. duke

    Here is one of the many reasons(and boy are there many,many)
    That the Tea-Drinkers movement should be seen for what it is(a trojan horse).
    If they are against washington regulars,my question is how does,
    Newt,pickens,armey,rove,wolfowitz,terry,I could go on and on .

    October 26, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. jeff, alabama

    Newt, how about retiring from politics like all office
    holders should do after one term anyway.
    Go away and let Palin build the conservative base
    back up. You are in the way. You got rich enough
    while in office. You compromise too much for the
    prospect of popularity. We need a guy with guts
    who want waiver in the face of media onslaughts.
    That guy in this case would be that stone cold fox
    from Alaska....Sarah Palin 2012 !!!!!!!!!!

    October 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Jeff Clemetson of San Diego

    If the GOP wants their tax break, Obama should rip into the DOD budget, sell off all dubious properties like private golf clubs for the Navy (in San Diego), cut the number of foreign troops in countries like Japan and Germany and bring them home to spend money in the US, cut in half all spending on tanks, planes, etc. and tell Gingrich the country can't afford it in a recession.

    October 26, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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