Gingrich talks judiciary, jabs front-runners on polls
October 7th, 2011
06:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich talks judiciary, jabs front-runners on polls

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used his speech at the Values Voter Summit to call certain views of the American judicial system "anti-American" and "profoundly wrong."

Gingrich specifically took aim at judicial supremacy, the idea that the Supreme Court has the final word on the countries most pressing issues.

"If judges think that they are unchallengeable, they are inevitably corrupted, corrupted in a moral sense," Gingrich said. The former Georgian congressman specifically called out the Ninth Circuit court and Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, the federal judge who ruled California's ban of gay marriage unconstitutional.

According to Gingrich, these problems stem from law school, where students are taught a "fundamentally, profoundly, ignorant, anti-American" judicial model. He went on to say that America has an academic class that is out of touch with the people and has no understanding of the origins of the United States.

Speaking at the end of the first day of the summit, Gingrich went on to say that America's problems are "much deeper" than President Barack Obama.

The Values Voter Summit is a yearly forum held by the political action arm of the Family Research Council. First held in 2006, the event has become a platform for candidates to define their positions on social issues, including abortion and same-sex marriage.

Gingrich spoke after the presidential hopeful Herman Cain, a candidate that has been surging in the polls recently. Gingrich used the timing to reference the recent polling that shows former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry slipping from their once front-runner positions.

"It is kind of interesting that the two guys who have gotten the most money, have lost the most votes," said Gingrich, referencing Romney and Perry. "And the two guys who have got the most ideas have gained the most votes."

Gingrich went on to lament the media coverage of the presidential race. He said he hoped the changing polls would show the "elite media" that a candidate having "a heart and a brain actually matters a lot."

CNN's Poll of Polls, an aggregation of the most recent polling on the GOP presidential race, has Gingrich currently in fourth place with 9% of the vote. This has been a steady position of late for Gingrich; late September's CNN/ORC International Poll had Gingrich in third place with 10%.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Supreme Court • Values Voter Summit
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Malcolm in St Louis

    go away Newt!

    October 7, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. thomas

    According to Gingrich, these problems stem from law school, where students are taught a "fundamentally, profoundly, ignorant, anti-American" judicial model. He went on to say that America has an academic class that is out of touch with the people and has no understanding of the origins of the United States.

    Newt should know , he Graduated kappa dum loud y at WhatsaMata U , followed up with an honorary Phd degree from Tiffany s .

    It's amazing that Newt has written books on history , scary are those that read them and take them for truth.

    October 7, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. normajean

    This mans background,personally and in politics tends to make this kind of write up a joke. He is a liar...just read some of the things he's said publicly, he's a cheat, news stories back this up, he's immoral.. there again.. just look him up through any media and he has been proven to have no heart,character nor honor. Why do you still write about him??????He's not legitematly running for anything.HE'S NOBODY!!!!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Max

    Values?

    Gingrich talking about values? The only way he has the moral authority to seriously TALK about values is when he starts to WALK such values. We all know Gingrich's life history which is dotted with outrageous immoral WALKS.

    Who is Gingrich to be called upon to address a VALUES conference? Isn't he hypocritical? Has he actually forgotten who he really is? If he has, the the American people haven't.

    October 7, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. Max

    Values?

    Gingrich talking about values? The only way he has the moral authority to seriously TALK about values is when he starts to WALK such values. We all know Gingrich's life history which is dotted with outrageous immoral WALKS.

    Who is Gingrich to be called upon to address a VALUES conference? Isn't he hypocritical? Has he actually forgotten who he really is? If he has, then the American people certainly haven't.

    October 7, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    While I don't disagree, in principle, about the corruption within the judiciary, I do disagree about the corruption having ANYTHING to do with the abortion issue. That is entirely a religious issue, and has nothing to do with the function of government.

    Religion s NOT American.

    Freedom of religion, AND from the oppression of other religions, is American, and the basis for people who came here from Europe in the first place. Of course, in that process, we got some very radical religions.

    Gingrich, would have his religious beliefs forced upon those of other religions, in his views, and that is, totally unacceptable.

    In most things I think Gingrich is a pretty smart guy. On this topic, he is way off base.

    October 7, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. MK

    Maybe he should have included adultry and divorce in his list of corrupted moral sensibilities... oh but no, when it's you, then it's OK.

    October 7, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I thought this pro colonialist was at 4% in the republican battle of buffoonary.

    October 7, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    He is right on this, for a change.
    The "supreme" court has turned into an ultra right-wing sales promotion organization.
    Embarrassing for the credibility of the entire country.

    October 7, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Tom

    King Gingrich, how does it sound? So he doesn't like the justice from the ninth circuit. How many judges don't you like? How many don't I like? If you don't like a Judge you appeal the decision. You don't take away his or her power and give it back to the legislature. I don't think that Gingfich gets it and by now he should be getting it. I don't think he understands our form of government. We are a country of laws and not just the ones that Gigrich says we should live by.

    October 7, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. Tom

    Oh and by the way gingrich is at 9% for a reason and it is not the judiciary, it is how he appeals and is understood by the Republican voters. He should look at himself and not the judiciary to improve his political lot.

    October 7, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. revolting peasant

    I wonder if Gingrich will finally go away after he gets knocked ouf the presidential running. There is something fundamentally annoying and offensive about this guy. You know he thinks he is smarter than everyone while knocking his intellectual superiors as misguided.

    October 7, 2011 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  13. BK

    How is it unAmerican when our founding fathers set up the Supreme Court to specifically have that power?

    October 8, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    To be in the GOP these days, you have to be a lot like these evangelical "christians:" Able to keep two diametrically opposed thoughts in your head at the same time without it exploding. For example:

    I'm pro-life and applaud the number of people who have been executed in Texas under Gov. Parry.
    Tax cuts result in job creation, even though the last 10 years of Bush tax cuts have proven otherwise.

    October 8, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  15. Donkey Party

    What a sickening bunch of America-hating domestic terrorists every one of these lunatic right-wingers are.

    October 8, 2011 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  16. Clwyd

    Newt, Newt! Frugal Newt! Right! Just another of the 8 greedy rich loony tunes running for President as republican'ts.

    October 8, 2011 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  17. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Does this mean Neuter Gettingrich supports Justice Thomas recusing himself from the ACA decision based on his wife's involvement with an anti-ACA political group?

    October 8, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |