New York, New York (CNN) – Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich teamed up with mogul Donald Trump Monday and questioned his opponents who have refused to participate in the Trump-moderated debate in late December.
Texas Congressman Ron Paul has been Trump's most vocal critic, says his involvement in the conservative Newsmax magazine debate could hurt the Republican Party.
Following their meeting at Trump Tower, the two appeared together at a media availability. Gingrich weighed in after "The Apprentice" host dismissed Paul for having "zero chance of getting the nomination."
"I'm actually surprised that one of my friends would have said that. This is a country which elected a peanut farmer to the presidency, it elected an actor who made two movies with a chimpanzee to the presidency," said Gingrich, referring to former presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
Gingrich is the fifth known candidate to meet with Trump. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businessman Herman Cain, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann have all paid Trump a visit at least once, with Bachmann meeting with Trump four times.
Gingrich said he wants Trump's endorsement but did not ask him, "not yet," because Trump said he will not make a decision until after the Dec. 27th debate in Iowa.
However, in an apparent effort to deflect criticism from his recent comments about poor children, Gingrich did ask Trump to help inner city kids in New York.
"I've asked him to take one of the poorest schools in New York and basically offer at least 10 apprenticeships to kids from that school to get them into the world of work and get them into an opportunity to earn money and get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort gets rewarded and that America is all about the work ethic," said Gingrich.
"I thought it was a great idea," said Trump. "We call it an apprenticeship, and we all know about 'The Apprentice,' so we're going to be doing, we're going to be picking 10 young wonderful children and we're going to make them apprenti. We're going to have a little fun with it."
In a television interview Monday morning, Trump defended controversial comments Gingrich recently made about poor children.
"Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works, so they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of 'I do this and you give me cash.' Unless it's illegal," Gingrich said recently.
"It wasn't maybe politically correct, but it happens to be the truth, and I think one of the reasons he's surging, he's like a rocket ship because of the fact that he says it like it is," said Trump, appearing Monday on NBC's "Today."
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Larry and Moe! Where is the last of the three stooges Curly? Oh, it must be Perry!
Ron Paul 2012 the best we have ! America can not vote for a GOP with baggage we need a President for Liberty and works with the people want not what the rich want
Creature Feature's song, "The Greatest Show Unearthed" comes to mind as I read this.
Why on earth are these republicans worshiping at the altar of Trump? Honestly, the republican field this year is a joke.
Let the reality show begin. Sounds more like the WWE than a Presidential Race. Where is the maturity? This race should be taken seriously and having this 'person' as a moderator is not only a distraction but takes away creditablity of the GOP race.
What a joke these two are.
This race is becoming a "Dog and Pony" show!
@Scott E Downer: "Ron Paul 2012 the best we have !"
Not by a long shot. Paul advocates a dog-eat-dog world; I lived in Central America as a kid and saw first hand what kind of society results from that. Thank, but no thanks!
Besides, he's too old.
Status quo anyone !!!!!
Associating with Trump may help the GOP candidates with conservatives but it will destroy any creditabilty they may have with independents.
Trump really. Ron Paul says that he will not participate why? Because it could hurt the party and at the least turn this into a circus, which takes away from the real issues. (By the way Huntsman also turned him down) Regardless, now Trump says that he might run as a independant and that Paul and Huntsman have 0 chance in winning. Both of these disqualify him as a narrator. He is bias and a possible canidate. This would be like having Obama ask questions to these canidates. Clearly a conflict of interest. But at this point I think they should go just to be able to tell Trump that he is fired!!! LOL
Ron Paul does not advocate a "dog eat dog" society. He advocates the rule of law, liberty, and sticking to the Constitution...nothing to do with Central American dictatorships. In fact, Newt the corporatist is more along those lines.
Oh well, there goes Newts shot at the nomination. Another one bites the dust.
"Gingrich and Trump team up"
Causing most of America to throw up.
So, 2 people with 4 failed marriages,an ethics conviction that ended with a 300K fine, and 2 bankruptcies, are going to teach disadvantaged kids about the value of work? You could take that throwaway line, spread it around Iowa, and have corn 50 feet tall before the day is out. 2 of the most outrageously undisciplined people in America are going to teach values to kids? I put them in the same class as the Kardashian/Jenner clan for sincerity.
Yeah, make some money from the life circumstances of poor children. How can these two idiots, Trump and Gingrich, not be embarassed by their level their level of insensitivity and magalomania? America, if these are your heros, this country is in much more serious trouble than most people imagine.
Trump. Just how do we rid ourselves of this disgrace? I will NOT vote for anyone who attends his "debate circus" – they obviously don't have enough presidential mettal!
"They have no habit of 'I do this and you give me cash.' Unless it's illegal,"
Dogwhistle much? You have to put this into context. See, Newtered knows his audience and knows very well who wink wink nudge nudge his audience will be thinking of when he says things like this...and yet it's just clean enough on its face for him to say "oh, but you're just victimizing me by playing the race card." Total BS. The guy is all but promising to "put them n-bombs back to work at manual labor." Nothing angers and scares him more, apparently, than helping them get an education instead of spending their school years scrubbing toilets, preferably golden toilets like he and his 1% puppet masters so thoroughly enjoy.
I like how Trump says he would have fun with the little "apprenti". How patronizing and opportunistic of him to take advantage of a sad situation (poverty, ghettoes and the children who live in them). He's probably already planning the TV show for it.
Two egomaniacs. How many wives do they have between them. I gues they don't know what it means to be faithful to your spouse. Poor people know about work because they are always working trying to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Don't they know about the rural poor not just about the urban poor. Enough said I have better things to do than to waste my time on dumb and dumber.
trump a clown moderating a barrel of monkeys
Stop! This is for the highest office in the land. This is not a reality show; this is not a WWE pay-per-view event. Quit pandering to man with a bloated ego and little intelligence.
I didn’t know anyone had a room big enough for these two egos, but I’m glad they could get together and lecture poor people about hard work. Neither one of these blowhards could last an hour picking fruit or cleaning rooms. They’re pathetic.
newt gingrich is right with regards to chidrens' work and study policy. poor children, who can not pay for school fees, books etc., should be provided with jobs from janitorial, landscaping, gardening to libray and office work. when they do work a few hours a day along with classroom learning can be ahead of other students in the long run because they develop more discipline, ability to do hard work and learn to balance between studies and work. earning some money can motivate to improve their learning and studying. also, in the future, they become good worker, better discipline and develope punctuality and get rid of thir laziness. our country needs good workers as much as good scholars. newt gringrich offers this opportunities. obama has been talking and tryng to do the same through the modified frame work of child labor laws.
Why in the hell would any serious person want to be involved with Donald Trump and why would any serious person agree to a debate moderated by the Donald? I think Newt is making a HUGE mistake by aligning himself with Donald Trump. All you have to do is look at the rest of the candidates who were anointed by Trump.