Gingrich admits mistakes
May 11th, 2011
08:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Gingrich admits mistakes

(CNN) - Former House Speaker New Gingrich admitted his worst mistakes ahead of his presidential announcement that is scheduled to come via Twitter and Facebook Wednesday.

"My two biggest mistakes were being undisciplined and that I didn't listen enough," Gingrich told the Washington Times in an article published Tuesday night. "I am working very diligently to be part of a team and to be sure that the team leaders have a lot of input, along with me.

During his four years as the top person in Congress, Gingrich said he "would talk to the press as a political analyst, instead of a Speaker of the House."

The former Georgia congressman was instrumental in putting together the 1994 Contract with America and leading the GOP to victory in the midterm elections that year, taking back control of the House for the first time in four decades. As Speaker, Gingrich became the face of Republican opposition to then-President Bill Clinton, but ultimately stepped down from his leadership post and resigned from Congress following setbacks in the 1998 midterm elections and amid some controversy.

"There were a lot of people giving me constructive feedback, and I wasn't listening," Gingrich said.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I must admit that I will not be making a mistake in voting for you, sir.
    I will never get the chance. You will never win the nomination.

    May 11, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    If I had to point the finger at any one single individual as being responsible for the current, overtly hostile, political atmosphere that exists in Wash. D.C., I would have to point at this man first and foremost and his "Contract for America." C4A whistled in an era of belligerent politics. Dy definition, it stood for "we are doing what we want, no matter what you want, and there is nothing you can say or do about it." This has been "Belligerent Politics", brought to by and sponsored by Newt Gingrich 2012.

    May 11, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. don

    "Gingrich Admits Mistakes"?

    Does he have a choice?

    If the GOP is going to challenge President Obama at all in 2012, they have GOT to do better than this. Maybe Huntsman is the only decent alternative to Romney....

    All the others are wasting American voters time and money.

    May 11, 2011 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  4. boring have had you chance in the spotlight...and we have all seen your style. Americans have had enough of the old ways of Washington and it's lifers like you. New blood can not run this country any further into the ground than the last 20years of government...!!!

    Retire already.

    May 11, 2011 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Anyone remember what this man said when North Korea detonated an atomic bomb. Allow me to remind you. Naturally, he was critical of the Obama administration, which is understandable because Newt was simply doing his job. What is disturbing is the alternative policy that he proposed (which is good because criticizing without offering answers is not criticism. It's called something else that is unprintable in the main stream media).

    Newt proposed that the US should nuetralize the North Korea nuclear program by hitting them with an EMP weapon, which would disable and destroy electronics and electrical infrastructure. ( Damage that most of which could be repaired in short order.) EMP weapon is a thermo-nuclear device, which means that Newt was proposing open nuclear warfare if he "were President."

    I am sure that all of the Fox News followers saw this statement. It was a played repeatedly to demonstrate Obama's inexperience and ignorance of military related matters, and to prove his ignorance of a strong foreign policy.

    May 11, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. Florida Joe

    No, your biggest mistake was investigating a President for doing EXACTLY what you were doing to your wife cheating on her while putting President Clinton on trial......You HYPOCRIT...........Go AWAY

    May 11, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. Realistic

    The Cheater & the Home Wrecker are going to campaign together. Newt says he wants his home wrecker next to him thru the campaign but the truth is different than what is saying. His wife, the home wrecker has to be next to him to make sure that no one else does to her what she did to newts former wife. So now the conservatives are going to have to justify how they can support a cheater for president and how they will be okay with a home wrecker as the first lady. I believe many women will not want someon whose wrecked a home and had a long sexual affair with a married man as the first lady but conservatives stand really for nothing and forgive if the offender has a 'R" next to their political affliation.

    May 11, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. rusty155

    I wouldn't trust you to walk my dog, That how much trust I have In you. What I don't understand Is now can any body that was forces to resign as speaker of the House of Congress and forces out of Congress all together , even run for President. What does make you QUALIFIED as a Crook and and someone who cheated on two wife's. You are a Joke, I can even believe the Republican would even let you run. It not like the Republican are not trying to steal everything the Middle,the poor ,the OLD and the disabled, now they want a crook In the White House too. the Republican Party have let the TEA PARTY turn the whole Republican Party to be a JOKE. Between you ,John Boehner and Mitch McConnell you guy should be able to steal everything you want from the Middle Class, the POOR , The OLD and the disabled, and give It all too the RICH, BIG BUSINESS and the OIL COMPANY. That why the TEA PARTY LOVE YOU THREE.

    May 11, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Frank

    I guess adultery isn't a "mistake" in Newt's world. Oh yeah, I forgot he cheated on his wife for "love of country."

    May 11, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. FM

    Nothing bad like a stain on a white cloth. No matter how hard one tries to get it away, unfortunately the cloth no longer looks good anymore!

    May 11, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Kathy

    I guess the 84 ethic charges brought against him were not a mistake????

    May 11, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. Laverne

    Newt can take that disingenuous apology and stick it where the sun don't shine! This guy is something else and I hope he never gets the opportunity to call the White House home.

    May 11, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Clwyd

    Some mistakes! This guy is a waking disaster and his family values and hypocrisy sure show forth!

    May 11, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. Florida Joe

    Are you also going to say your sorry for having to resign and pay a $30,000 fine for ethics violations? We have had more than enough of your values and they are not those of the American people

    May 11, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. JCC

    His current mistake is thinking he is somehow relevant.

    May 11, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. James klimaski

    "Undisciplined/" No. Crass, yes.The Newt has been too busy talking when he should have been listening and studying. He offers nothing, and now that he is a candidate he offers even less. The real proble though is that the mainstream press will no call him on it. No one will ask him to provide backup for his pronouncements, the press will just put it out that as if these statements had some truth to them.

    May 11, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  17. Vic of New York

    Actually Newt Gingrich's two biggest mistakes are 1) He lies an awfull lot, and 2) he's undisciplined. Unfortunately, Newt's real problem is that what he's working hardest on is being a more effective liar.

    This guy is the Lex Luthor of the real world. He believes \his own lies. He has no scrupples. He uses any hnadle he can find to promote himself – even "Christianity". Like Satan, he'll convince you there are snowcones in Hell if you let him

    May 11, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  18. Randy, San Francisco

    Gingrich has greater sins than the two relatively minor ones that he named. His personal and public lives reveal a lack of moral character and integrity. Family values voters would be remissed if they overlook his true flaws.

    May 11, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. ben

    Newt, " You know that old saying, "An old dog does,nt want to do new "TRICKS" Besides, your GOP "Tanked the countrys Economy and let Wall Street run "Casinos" I did,nt believe you then,and I sure as Haddies, would,nt go down the "Gop Tubes" AGAIN"????? That would bring shame to me!! NOT

    May 11, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  20. FutureQuest

    Newt Gingrinch saying his two biggest mistakes is that he is “undisciplined” and doesn’t “listen enough” is like Bin Laden saying his worst personal trait is watching too much TV wrapped in a blanket.

    May 11, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  21. Casual

    Big time mistakes!! And the worst of all? The fact that you were head-hunting Clinton when he lied about having an affair so his wife wouldn't find out....and....all the while you were gettin' some from anyone who wasn't your wife. Yeah, that would be a big problem coming from the "conservative" in the room.

    So...typical hypocritical actions from a Republican-knucklehead. And now we should vote for you becasue..........and trust you because.......?????

    I will say this for you Repugs, you guys are masters at ego giants....but, that's all ya got, so I think you are toast in 2012.
    It is hard to run a country when all you have is EGO.....or clowns.

    May 11, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  22. OneMoreTime

    "amid some controversy" ??? Forget the sanctions, the bounced checks, the unrelenting, unforgiving, almost rabid
    attempt to impeach President Clinton. If, as he has said, his "indiscretions" were partly caused by his "passion"
    for America and he just "worked too hard", how do we know he has this "passion" under control? If his "passion"
    led to three affairs back then, how many would he have to have to deal with today's problems?

    May 11, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  23. Jack

    He is so disingenuos. It's like a robber saying his only mistake was that he unnecessarily beat up the person he robbed.

    May 11, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. FBMarky

    If you haven't figured out how to "be part of a team" at your age, give up. You're a pig. Go find another wife and leave us alone.

    May 11, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. Grundoon

    Divorcing your wife while she is undergoing cancer treatment in the hospital so you can marry the woman you cheated on her with is a significant mistake. What a doooche.

    May 11, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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