Gingrich: Big GOP gains needed in 2012
January 14th, 2011
08:14 AM ET
4 years ago

Gingrich: Big GOP gains needed in 2012

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich set a high bar Thursday for Republican campaign strategists in the Senate and House as they head into the 2012 election cycle.

The GOP must gun for 12 or 13 more Senate seats and 40 additional pick-ups in the House, Gingrich told an audience of business leaders in Myrtle Beach.

"If you're going to govern in 2013, you're going to need a really large margin," he said, according to the Myrtle Beach Sun News.

Republicans gained 63 House seats last November and picked up six seats in the Senate.

The former House Speaker was visiting South Carolina, one of four key early caucus and primary states, as he considers a possible presidential bid. Gingrich drew 85 people to his appearance before the Grand Strand Business Association.


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  1. Jay

    Gingrich is even more delusional that I initially thought. First he's actually thinking he can run and win the prsidency being a right wing lunatic, then he thinks that a 2nd Republican landslide is coming?

    We've already seen what shape the country ends up in with a Republican president and Congressional majority: Rich get even richer while the rest of the country collapses or decays.

    No Thanks Gingrich, I'll pass on you and your party. We need a guy with a working brain in the White House, I like the guy we have now and need more like him when his 2nd term will end.

    I

    January 14, 2011 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans will not make huge gains, because they are the party of empty suits. Of course they will get billions in campaign money from big corporations and foreign governments, but the American people are not going to support the party that has no plans to create jobs, the party who wants to add $230 billion to the debt by repealing health reform, the party who championed unfunded unnecessary wars, the party who drove our country to the brink of a great depression, and who gave us $4 a gallon gasoline in the summer of 2008.

    January 14, 2011 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  3. greg in Jax

    Already conceding the presidency to Obama. Why else would you need to get an overiding veto number. But guess what, if you keep talking you will get neither.

    January 14, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    One thing Neuter has learned, you cannot completely shut down government if you do not have a super majority.

    January 14, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    If the GOP wants "big gains" in 2012, they're going to have to drop the authoritarian, bigoted, approach of telling people how they ought to live their lives, and concentrate on fixing the economy–and that means slashing spending and starting a huge pay-down of the national debt.

    January 14, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Wow....a whole 85 people. This pathetic hypocrite has no chance of winning the general election but he, Huckelberry, Failin Palin, and the plastic Santorum will still do their best. I would welcome any of these losers to win the nomination then watch the slaughter in early November as they lose in record fashion. As for winning a lot of seats, he saw what happened when the democrats had margins...

    January 14, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  7. DavidM

    This coming from a failure of a man with failed policies. His grand plan put Republicans in power for years and in the process they engaged in pointless and expensive wars; wrecked the economy and instituted the divisive atmosphere of hatred and toxic political partisanship. We can't afford Republicans in power again...

    January 14, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Freedom

    Go Republicans! We can do it! Vote Republican 2012!

    January 14, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  9. indy

    This guy is a dinosouras, he needs to go home and enjoy his millions! Thanks for your huge contribution on the Ressesion!!

    January 14, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    Wow, 85 people, I hope they left the event really, really ready to go to work after the salamander's speech.

    January 14, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  11. Seattle Sue

    Then the country would be controlled by people like Gingrich. Not a pleasant thought

    January 14, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Dave Harris

    Yeah, lets have another decade of George W. Bush. Are we really this dumb? Newt thinks so.

    January 14, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. Florida moderate

    I think the big gains were already made, two months ago. By 2012 the amnesic electorate will remember (as they did in 2008) that Republicans are just as much to blame for the mess we're in as Democrats are. If anyone is well positioned for 2012, it is moderate independents - if they can demonstrate that they are in face both of those things. The extremists at both ends of the political spectrum dominate the airwaves, but what people are really yearning for is common-sense good goverrnamce. And that will NEVER come from Republicans, beholden as they are to major corporations and religion, nor from Democracts, who have neither a spine nor a shared purpose.

    January 14, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. GDMS.REPUBLICAN

    We need to defeat all Democrats, they are the Party of hate, lies ,Racism and Character Assassination. Bring back our Country and Freedoms Vote 100% Republican in 2012.

    January 14, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. SMJ

    He actually said, "GUN" for these seats? Did this idiot not learn ANYTHING from Tucson??? This is why the GOP is so out-of-touch with mainstream America. I hope they lose all the seats they gained in 2010 AND MORE!!

    January 14, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. EuphoriCrest

    Tell me the newt didn't actually say the GOP must "GUN" for more seats. Extremely poor choice of words in light of the recent shootings.

    January 14, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. John

    The GOP must gun for 12 or 13 more Senate seats and 40 additional pick-ups in the House, Gingrich told an audience of business leaders in Myrtle Beach.

    Nice choice of words.

    January 14, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. balsan Hou

    what a typical hypocrite.

    January 14, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. Former Republican - Now Independent

    The way the Republican-controlled House has screwed-up so far, and its lack of accomplishments, are not convincing me to give the GOP my vote.

    They need to do much better.

    January 14, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. Mike in NC

    Newt, have you not been educated on "civility". We can no longer use inflammatory words such as "The GOP must gun for 12 or 13 more Senate seats" that will incite our lunatic disciples to literally take aim, oops...I mean incite our right winged brethren to campaign against those devious democrats. Too much political correctness!

    January 14, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. Dnick47

    Do what Gringrich wants and plunge the American economy into a 2nd. Great Depression! Relive 1929 under the mis-governing of the greedy GOPers

    January 14, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Sandra, Atl

    So what he is saying is go back to one party rule...Republicans again. How did that work for us before? Of course, all Newt ever thinks about is Newt!

    January 14, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. geecee

    Some people age gracefully – and some do not. Guess which category Newt is in! This hatemonger needs to get out of the spotlight. He doesn't add anything of any substance to a conversation, just complains, jibes, criticizes and seeks to divide this Nation even further. Stoking thefires of fear is not what this Country needs right now.

    January 14, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. John

    It is interesting that Gingrich concedes Obama will have a second term. Gingrich says the Republicans will need enough people in both chambers of Congress to override anticipated Obama vetoes. But too bad, Newt–the light at the end of our Republican tunnel is getting brighter all the time, economy picking up, USA dis-engaging from wars as promised. Even the healthcare you deplore will prove to be-in terms even you will understand-a magnificent investment in our future as a nation. Think of that, Newt. A healthier population makes for what, in terms of productivity? Could there be some sort of return here?

    January 14, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Leon

    I would never vote for a man that has publically compared ANYONE to Hitler. Mr Gingrich's ignorance knows no bounds. The only reason I want Newt to run for president is so that Obama can hand him the defeat he needs. Men like Gingrich need there ego put in check.

    January 14, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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