Gingrich: Presidential leadership requires ‘different kind of approach’
February 2nd, 2011
05:30 AM ET
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Gingrich: Presidential leadership requires ‘different kind of approach’

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich didn’t announce his candidacy for president Tuesday night, but he did outline the issues he’d focus on in a campaign and the approach he’d take as commander in chief.

“I think the country has enormous problems,” Gingrich said in remarks made exclusively to CNN. “I think it requires a totally different kind of approach, a ‘we the people, focus on the citizens’ approach that recognizes that all of us are in this together and that it’s going to take a tremendous amount of joint effort by millions of people for America to be successful.”

Gingrich said his campaign would focus on jobs, national security, energy and “reach(ing) out to every American in every neighborhood and ensur(ing) that they truly have the right to pursue happiness.”

The prominent Republican also praised a potential presidential contender, Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to China who tendered his resignation on Monday and is widely expected to explore a bid for the White House.

“He’s very bright, very capable,” Gingrich said. “There will be a lot of very first rate people. It’ll be a good field.”

When asked if he would like to announce his candidacy during the interview, Gingrich joked that he was “tempted,” and reiterated his self-imposed deadline of the end of February for making such an announcement.

Gingrich spoke to CNN after a wide-ranging debate with former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean at George Washington University.


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  1. Chris

    "Different kind of approach" – like having an affair while leading a witch hunt against President Clinton for doing the exact same thing – or shutting down government because you didn't get your way – or serving your wife divorce papers while she's in her hospital bed – that kind of leadership?

    February 2, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  2. Squigman

    Lying, to achieve goals? Divorcing a wife, that suffers from cancer? Basically quiting a job in congress. when the going got to tough to handle? I guess he's got it all covered. Run Newt, run..

    February 2, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  3. Marie MD

    Leadership? Hey newt, listen up. You might be suffering from some form of dementia, but let me remind you – you were THROWN OUT OF CONGRESS!!!!!

    February 2, 2011 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  4. John

    And Gingrich is of course the great expert on Presidential leadership...

    February 2, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Snake oil salesman moving in on those mental midgets who voted in anger last year.

    February 2, 2011 06:41 am at 6:41 am |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Gingrich has a point–Obama doesn't believe in "we the people," he believes in "you the lowly people, me the big boss." He wasn't to dictates his grand prescriptions to his intellectual and moral inferiors, we mere citizens.

    February 2, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  7. Mickey, NY

    Yeah, Newt...a different approach, like screwing around on your wife while she lay dying in a hospital bed?

    Party of morals and ethics, indeed.

    February 2, 2011 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  8. 2+2=5

    All this talk of we the people, Well, it was we the people that wanted 2 invasions, too uneducated to understand the middle east and its capabilities, too dumb to know the difference between being able to launch something, or just being able to make it...Too dumb to know what Hit and Run tactics are, too dumb to attack the environmental problems, too dumb to elect leaders with an education over first grade (Tea Party), Too dumb to understand an intricate problem like abortion, too dumb 10 years later to admit "Oops, we made a mistake" with the Bush administration, you know what, forget you the people, your clueless. How about, we the t.v., and for which it stands, dividing America, one dumby at a time.

    February 2, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  9. hobart

    We've been trying that, we the people working together approach for 2 years. The problem is that Republicans and Tea Partiers refused to participate from day one. They'd rather talk treason, specifically secession and second amendment solutions, than work with Democrats, or anyone who doesn't think exactly as they do. Sorry, Mr. Former Speaker, but your conservative, authoritarian, "My way or the highway; the truth is whatever I say it is," approach may work well with your base, but it does not inspire those who did not vote for you to work with you. It is the antithesis of what it means to be an American.

    February 2, 2011 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  10. Marcus

    People start to read 'Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich', and then they google his name in order to know a little more about him (supposing that they already don't), and discover what this guy did and how the House dealt with him and then they ask themselves:
    'Why anybody cares about what this proven liar has to say anymore?'

    February 2, 2011 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  11. dave

    newt, you already had your chance at leadership and you were a miserable failure as well as an immoral hypocrite. go away.

    February 2, 2011 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  12. more obama retoric

    thats right we need a leader and its not you, or obama, we need another John Wayne type of guy, not a muslim loving anti-christ that we have now

    February 2, 2011 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  13. Thomas

    There will be a lot of "first rate people" in the presidential race. I think the main question is for the Republicans: "Who can win?" Sara Palin cannot. She has way too many blunders in her impromptu speeches. I can see Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee winning if they don't rip each other apart during the primary campaigns.

    February 2, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  14. Indy

    What a croc !! I have no idea how people fall for the Republican lies of the past ten years and here Newt says that he will make sure every neigborhood has the right to pursue happiness, blah blah, blah create jobs, blah, blah, blah. The only thing Newt has right is that it going to take someone very different to come out of the enourmous financial collapse that the Republicans caused and still to this day have not done one thimg to help repair, and the different approach or different person must not be from the same Republican party that has caused all the damage.

    February 2, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  15. AEK

    Stock market up. Manufacturing up. Americans more optimistic. Only thing missing I guess is a lying, cheating Republican like Newt in the White House. What are we thinking?

    February 2, 2011 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    " Joint effort"? Last time I checked, the GOP was hell-bent on pursuing a course that investigates people for " Un-American" beliefs and declares large areas of the country to be "... more American" than others. If they are serious about a joint effort, they should take the lead in denouncing speech that divides and stick to their word. Only then will they have actually gained the moral high ground they have always staked out for themselves, and show they can lead. If they can't ( or won't), its just another blast of hot air coming from the furnace of hate and self-righteousness that is the far Right.

    February 2, 2011 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  17. Tony in Maine

    ...and transferring as much wealth as possible from the lower classes to the super rich so they will continue to give us trips to Fiji in winter and provide our campaigns with money every two or four years.

    February 2, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  18. ronalde

    this sounds like the same thing that the republicans offered the people in 2010 and they haven't delievered one job and already they are making promises for 2012,are the american people that stupid

    February 2, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  19. lgny

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

    Why should we trust that Newt will do things differently this time around?

    February 2, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  20. D, Bunker

    Well, since the "citizens" all need to pitch in according to Mr. Newter, I'll look forward to his plan for all the sacrifices his billionaire backers will be making for the good of the country. I won't hold my breath, though.

    February 2, 2011 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  21. Rob R

    Oh please....what he really means by a different approach is letting big corporations have even more influence over everything....bigger tax breaks for the rich while the poor and middle class suffer.....total privatization of Social Security and Medicare....an extreme right-wing agenda that is more concerned with outlawing gay marriage and preventing gays from serving in the military than creating good jobs.

    When he says "reaching out to every American"....he really means reaching into their pockets and shaking them down.

    What a loser.

    February 2, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  22. Kathy

    "Reaching out to every American" – translation, Newt is tired of wife #3 and is looking for a new mistress or possible wife. He gets a new one every few years. Yeah! That is really sanctity of marriage that all GOPs are looking for.

    February 2, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  23. KatR

    “I think the country has enormous problems,” Gingrich said in remarks made exclusively to CNN. “I think it requires a totally different kind of approach, a ‘we the people, focus on the citizens’ approach that recognizes that all of us are in this together and that it’s going to take a tremendous amount of joint effort by millions of people for America to be successful.”

    Sounds exactly like the approach Pres. Obama has been following.

    February 2, 2011 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  24. ModMike

    Go Away Newt!!!

    February 2, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. lynn

    His pitch sounds very familiar, just a couple months ago in fact. It got the GOP elected in Nov., or will the public fall for their empty promises again or have they wised up on promises, promises.

    February 2, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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