Gingrich says voters should judge his ability to lead now
May 15th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich says voters should judge his ability to lead now

Washington (CNN) - Judge me by what I can do for America now, rather than only by my mistakes in the past, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Sunday.

The former House speaker, who announced his candidacy last week, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he has made mistakes in life, including an adulterous affair that led to one of his two divorces.

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  1. 21k

    ok. today you are still an old reprobate, who has poor character because you have proven that you cannot keep a commitment to 2 previous wives to whom you gave an oath before jasus x, your lord and savior. so why would i want someone like you making laws that govern me and my kids?

    May 15, 2011 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Lin

    Sorry Newt, you've proven many times over that you're a lying, hypocritical slime ball who had no concern for women in general, you're wives and children specifically, and anyone who makes less than a million a year. Additionally, we know you know you'll never be elected and are just trying to sell more books.

    May 15, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Hank

    He is a classic example of what is wrong with the Republican party (and I say that as a former republican – who's now independent) and he is an example of ego gone wild. Self-righteous, arrogant, condescending personalities who want the public to do as they say and not as they do. And the saddest thing is, there will be millions of Americans who will indeed believe him and actually vote for him.

    May 15, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. JohnReedjr

    Gingrich is such a lying hypocrite. Newtie boy it's do unto others... or he that sows the wind... or people in glass houses... or you get what you have earned.

    May 15, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Kevin

    I'm sorry Newt..but no.

    People who have made a single mistake in their lives that led to a single criminal conviction have been villified for decades by Conservatives and Republicans. Doesn't matter that they have lived crime-free for years, they are always regarded as criminals by your peers. If they can't forgive me for a single mistake that I made, which resulted in no one getting hurt, which has made it impossible for me to get a job, then why should I forgive you? Considering the multiple people you hurt, and the outright hypocracy of your actions against Clinton considering what you yourself were doing at the time.

    May 15, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. ScadBigEye

    Neutered Getrich is the best thing that could happen for the Democrats

    May 15, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. Anthony

    Yeah right. If Clinton had said "Judge me not by my past mistakes" after his affair was exposed, Republicans, including Newt, would have let him off the hook. The impeachment would never have happened.

    May 15, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  8. Scott

    Newt is just smart enough to be dangerous. Sanctimonious Hypocrite! Cheating on your dying wife is not a 'mistake'. It's a cognitive, willing, deliberate and cruel betrayal of your wedding oath...your word...your bond....your pledge.....your promise. If they didn't teach you this is college, let me lay it out for you.....breaking a promise makes you a liar and a cheat and therefore untrustworthy. Your credibility is shot and you don't get it back easily, if at all. You blew it Newt! Take a hike!

    May 15, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Karen Neff

    We are all a collection of our past actions, and Newt's have been despicable. He appears to have learned nothing and wants to rehash failed experiences. He needs to just crawl away NOW.

    May 15, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. M

    WTF – This lousy slimeball has a merky past thats why ...what after leaving his 1st wife because she had cancer – this idiot is quitter and now wants to impress with social media – he's as bafoon ...a divider – we don't need him we can do better...

    May 15, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. midnitejax

    What a bunch of tripe this guy spits out. I'll never forgive him for NAFTA and GATT that sent our high paying jobs to Mexico and then China. He sold out America to Murdochs' propoganda machine that got us mired in Iraq. He got a nice book deal from Murdoch to chnage the laws so foreigners could own US medias.

    May 15, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. jimmy

    Like showing up for a court date and telling judge and jury "judge me now, not when I did this crime."

    May 15, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Tom Howard

    Why is it that these neocons always want voters to ignore their sleazy past. Gingrich is an absolute joke as a member of the "Family Values" cabal. No integrity, no principles, vo vote. Just go back under the rock from which you came. Disgusting!!

    May 15, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  14. bvilleyellowdog

    Republicants love to forget history. You know like the two wars and massive tax cuts that caused the current deficit.
    Newt is a womanizer and a big spender of the taxpayer's money – don't forget it.

    May 15, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. blackbox

    What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?" Gingrich asked. "That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior."

    "This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president," Gingrich added.

    May 15, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Gingrich (not Speaker because he resigned) has no leadership experience. His strength is fund raising and political talking points. He will say whatever he finds most useful at the moment: case in point, his flip-flop criticism of Obama over Libya. Another example was his push for mandatory health insurance for all Americans during the first Bush administration 20 years ago. His idea called for individual mandates and all of the other "evil" things found in the Mass. Health Plan and now found in the Affordable Care Act (no such thing as "ObamaCare" in my book. It is something that does not exist in the real world.)

    May 15, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  17. Fred Barnett

    O.K.. I'll judge you the way you are now. OLD and hypocritical, corrupt,....etc.

    May 15, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  18. larryww

    newt you are a multiple cheater and your wife is also a cheat and now you want to be in the White House? Good luck with that.

    May 15, 2011 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. NoGr8rH8r

    This has become the GOP mantra, "Judge us now and not our past".
    LOSERS!

    May 15, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Sorry newtered, we can't forget. And WE are the ones that consistently vote. We remember all of your thuggishness. WE WILL NOT FORGET.

    May 15, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Danny Spencer

    Gingrich, you lost already, why waste all that money?

    May 15, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. Bonnie B in NY

    Well, the media will control the publicity, be it good or bad, to try to persuade people who they want
    in public office. They dig dirt and criticize who ever is not paying them enough. So who knows what kind of dirt they are going to dig for anyone right now. Ask Dan Cafferty who he wants in office. That will give you a good clue as to who is paying the most money. It sure is clear who they do and do not support.

    May 15, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. pkb

    What a horrible hypocrite!! During the time of the Clinton-Lewinsky debacle, Gingrich was trying everything in his power to bring the Democrats and Clinton down,; yet, there he was having an affair himself. This guy is too old, too fat, and has nothing to offer, not even to the desperate Republicans.

    May 15, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Danny Spencer

    Gingrich do you really think people are that stupid?

    May 15, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. John

    Newt's poison for the Republican chances of winning the white House. As a democratic leaning independent I'm not above voting for a Republican but you won't get my vote with people so divisive as Newt and Sarah Palin. And someone like Mitt Romney is milquetoast – the Republican version of a Kerry flip flopper. In order to beat Obama the Republicans are going to have to win over at least some of the people like me and we don't want somebody that's going to burn the government to the ground or start a partisan world war.

    May 15, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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