Gingrich: Obama can earn next year's CPAC keynote address
February 10th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich: Obama can earn next year's CPAC keynote address

Washington (CNN) - Addressing thousands of grassroots activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, former House Speaker and potential White House contender Newt Gingrich challenged President Obama to model himself after the last Democratic president and "move to the center" in the next year.

Gingrich joked that Obama should be should be invited to headline next year's CPAC in the unlikely event that he accomplishes seven policy goals favored by conservatives.

Among them: Repealing his health care reform law, balancing the budget, securing the border immediately, and eliminating the estate tax.

"I want us to offer President Obama the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at CPAC in 2012 if he earns it," Gingrich said to laughs.


Filed under: CPAC 2011 • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Laverne

    The joke will be on Newt when he runs for president and see that the majority of Americans do not want anything to do with him. He can spend all day taking cheap shots at President Obama who by the way has more class in his baby toe than this clown, but it still won't get you to the White House!

    February 10, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. kayla

    you must have nightmares on the president, he must be in all your heads,since you can't say anything without mentioning his name. well, get use to it. he will win again.

    February 10, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    Just Silly. Obama (despite what ratings-mongering rightwing redneck talkshow hosts and trolls on the internet say) is one of the most centrist Presidents we've seen in 20 years. How about newt move a little to the left?

    Not bloody likely.

    February 10, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. ex-sarge

    I believe that President Obama more closely follows the tenets of Jesus Christ than Mr. Gingrich (4th wife and counting, who was cheating on wife #3 with an intern while leading the charge to impeach Bill Clinton for his dalliance with an intern- hypocrite much?). The folks at CPAC don't want to hear President Obama because he isn't likely to tell them anything they want to hear. The speakers invited to CPAC are people who best represent the agenda of CPAC, the audiences at CPAC aren't looking for someone to debate.

    February 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. megan

    Our great prez would never speak at room full of rascist devil worship group that you and the gop love so much. He told you fools that he is a christan and god want let him speak there even if wanted to.

    February 10, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. w l jones

    The job of securing our border is in the hand of Governors and there state police as well national guard under his or her control...Now that conservative.

    February 10, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks Newt, now go back to your nap!

    February 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. one voice

    This is no place for President Obama to speak. ALL these right-wing CLOWNS want OUR GREAT PRESIDENT to FAIL and being shot dead is THEIR ULTIMATE OUTCOME.

    February 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Margie

    Hypocritsy starts at CNN. Why in the world are they constantly giving these P.O.S. republicans space on any media net. They make me sick. This guy is a serial adulter among other things. Who had to resign from congress because of all his illegal acts and they are still pushing him for president and of all things.....LISTENING AND POSTING what he says.

    February 10, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    President Obama does not have to EARN antyhing from ginGRINCH or the wolfPACS he's running..... PERIOD!!

    February 10, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Rosslaw

    Newt has obviously stopped taking his meds again. I wonder what lucky staff member he's hitting on now with the option to become the 4th Mrs. Newt. I really enjoy his family values lectures now that David Vitter has gotten a little reticent on the subject.

    February 10, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. Stu G

    Just like Palin, let's get a condescending comment out for the press to pick up. This guy should just call it a day. He adds nothing to the Republican agenda except bad feeling.

    February 10, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. one voice

    I say President Obama stays home and we send in a tomahawk missle to the conference. These CROOKED GOP CLOWNS almost destroyed America with their DE-REGULATION, TAX BREAKS for the rich and 2 wars, send them packing in 2012.

    February 10, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Bigge

    I hear this guy just doing a lot of talking and whining.. Name one thing this guy is apart of that is helping the Country..He has lots of one liners but no solutions....

    February 10, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Rick in AZ

    Poor Newt, still trying desperately to stay relavant.

    February 10, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Cosmo

    That Newt, he's such a kidder. Have your laughs now Mr.Disgraced Former Speaker. How long do you think it will be before the American public finally figures out that the Republican parties plan is to eliminate the middle class and turn this country into a bananna republic with .2% of the people at the top and the rest living in shanties next to garbage dumps.

    February 10, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Randy

    Newt thinks the Confederacy is the center of the political spectrum.

    February 10, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. Lolo

    Maybe Newt should have earned it. You are so out of touch old goat.

    February 10, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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