Gingrich: Obama can earn next year's CPAC keynote address
February 10th, 2011
01:18 PM ET
7 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. Al-NY,NY

    Among them: Repealing his health care reform law, balancing the budget, securing the border immediately, and eliminating the estate tax.
    Repealing the HC bill and balancing the budget are polar opposites. You can't do one without dooming the other. As for balancing the budget, the GOP sure can't do it so why are they complaining about Obama doing it? For the border, Duh Duh Duh-bya had 8 years to do it (6 with a majority in Congress) and did NOTHING about it.

    February 10, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. ReFascistican

    Not funny Adulterer. I don't know why the President addresses you people at all when you're narrow-minded and hateful. CPAC is nothing but a conference to speak your hateful views and not offer any solutions. Just a whole bunch of BLAH BLAH BLAH. How about creating some JOBS!

    February 10, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Newt should be voted off the island. It's probably the only election he'd win.

    February 10, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Video Guy

    Why would President Obama want to help you guys?. I know they need help, their party is like a herd of kittens running around pretending to be leaders.

    February 10, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt Gingrich is a lying womanizing slob. He is an expert at lying, hatred, and hypocrisy. That is why he will be one of the front runners of the bagger gobbler party.

    February 10, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Clwyd

    Who would want to waste their time talking to these narrow minded, racist, ignorant fools?

    February 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. Jon in Rochester NY

    Obama has moved far enough to the center. He was never as "left" as this right-wing fringe would like you to believe. We want him to try to work with the Republicans but we don't want him forget his values and give in on everything either. He is a president of the people and not the corporations. He will lose in 2012 if he moves too far to the right.

    February 10, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt is trying to dirty up President Obama before he must answer his infidelity questions that he modeled himself. I'm sure glad President Obama never model himself after Newt who changed wives like underwear not caring who he hurt. Newt even stood holding a big gavel in judgement of Clinton and dropped the gavel like a hot cake because he was caught with his pants down. Newt couldn't hold onto the gavel, does he truly think Americans are so stupid as to hand him the presidency with his 3rd wife on his arm and look over the other 2, one which was ill when he left her.

    February 10, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. JMR49

    Why is it that these people have nothing other to say than what they expect other people to do?

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

    Jobs? Not on the agenda

    February 10, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Michael Wong

    I love the way they make "eliminate the estate tax" a major national policy goal. You can't tell these are all "old money" rich twits who want to make sure their personal inheritances are untouched, can you?

    All throughout history, you can tell how just a society is by how much of its wealth is based on inheritance. Just try it: look back at centuries of history and see. I guess nobody in the conservative movement got the newsletter on that.

    February 10, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  11. musician

    By "moving to the center" he means, the extreme right. This man lost his mind a long time ago. Why is he still being considered a viable Republican candidate? Are they really that desperate? Really?

    February 10, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    " Newt Gingrich challenged President Obama to model himself after the last Democratic president and "move to the center" in the next year."

    Of course he did. Now that the GOP and conservatievs have have flung themselves off the right edge of their flat planet political spectrum, the perceived position of the "center" is located way to the right of where it was located even 2 years ago, let alone a decade or so ago when Clinton was in office....or even when their Saint Regan was bumbling around in the 80's.

    February 10, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. duckbutter

    sorry clinton was alot smarter than obama.... obama was afluke...

    February 10, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    sorry Newt but President Obama is too smart to even come to one of these CPAC events. Look at who shows up to these things, including yourself and I could understand why. I mean Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann, King, West, at one time Palin not a bright light bulb in the house so why should he lower himself.

    February 10, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Russ

    What an idiot. It's pretty hard to accomplish any goals set by conservatives because once Obama suggests anything remotely similiar it is NO NO NO NO because we don't want Obama to succeed at anything. The Newt suggests Obama accomplish a number of things that even Republicans couldn't accomplish. Go figure. Well, never mind, it's Newt speaking out his butt again.

    February 10, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. Chipster

    Why would President Obama want to do something so stupid as return to the supply-side policies that created the economic disaster, doubled the deficit in 8 "Bush" years, required 11 tax increases after Reagan's disastrous tax cut and required yet another tax increase by Bush #41? When will these dolts get it that supply-side economics is a complete failure. It has never created jobs or helped the economy. We're finally beginning to see some improvement over the 500,000 per month job losses in 2008! No, thanks! The president should continue to speak to sane people who can count.

    February 10, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. TM

    History has shown that if Democrats do what Republicans want they get NOTHING. They get no credit for attempting to be bipartisan. Republicans whine that "it's not enough" even when they get EVERYTHING they asked for/demanded. And most importantly, nothing is accomplished. Republicans ned to learn that the "middle" is NOT one inch to the left of wherever they are standing. Newt, why don't YOU try sticking up for someone OTHER than your billionaire donors?

    February 10, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Mickey, NY

    Gingrich is another political GOP dinosaur that needs to hang up his knickers and pack it in.

    February 10, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Jerry A.

    Obama is in the center already. It's the Tea Partiers and neo-cons (they're interchangeable) who have moved more and more to the far right. What they call the center used to be Republican positions about 10 years ago, and what they consider the liberal left used to be Reagan style conservative thought, ideas that Gingrich once supported (look it up!). Republican extremists are moving the goalposts, which is why they falsely call Democrats "socialists". What ever happened to the media checking facts instead of printing every lie the GOP utters?

    February 10, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt must have forgotten that President Obama is black, and would not be invited to next years fascist CPAC.

    February 10, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. steven harnack

    It's telling that one of the Republicans 7 commandments is doing away with the estate tax, an issue that affects maybe 1% of Americans and only estates worth more than 5 million. Tell me again how that creates jobs Newt.

    February 10, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe the Georgia Peach should get a comedy show like Beck and Hannity have on Fox.

    February 10, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. they call me "tater salad"

    Yeah, because in Newt's twisted view it's all about what THEY (the bible brigade) want.......Screw everyone else!................ GOP= Group Of Phonies!.........Bring on 2012!!!

    February 10, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. rusty155

    Newt Gingrich you are a fat fool and all most as dumb as Saran Palin. Neither one of you could win If you run against Obama. And I use to be a Republican , now I'm a Independent voter.

    February 10, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. lil

    newt is a sick little man.

    February 10, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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