Gingrich and Trump team up
December 5th, 2011
02:18 PM ET
7 years ago

Gingrich and Trump team up

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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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Eric

    All really poor children have not expericence working legally? Really Newt? What an absolutely stupid statement. You really should be more careful. The POTUS can not make so many of the mis-statements that you historically make way too regularly.

    December 5, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Eric

    Wow Newt must really be nervous. Reaching out to the Donald for legitimacy. How sad.

    December 5, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Drew

    OMG the egos in that room had to be stifling. Newt is way out of line refering to impoverhed kids in that way and he is way out of line kissing up to Trump before the event. I think the other candidates, given that they have any integrety at all, should drop out on Trump on priciple.

    December 5, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Donkey Party

    Aside from Ron Paul's "end all wars" and "legalize all drugs" policies, he remains one of the candidates that would imperil the country more than any of the other crazies that he's running against. I'm really sick of the Paul supporters who are so disengaged from politics to clearly see how extremely dangerous a Paul candidacy would be. The only thing worse than single-issue voters, are Ron Paul voters.

    December 5, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Deep in the Heart of Texas

    If newt wore as much pancake makeup as the Donald, these two could be brothers!

    December 5, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Democrats answer to everything, TAX THE RICH, TAX BUSINESS

    >>> Dave - Look at the two globalist stooges!!

    Obama is talking about bailing out Europe while we're $15 TRILLION in the hole.... talk about a globalist stooge!!

    December 5, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. tmichael123

    These two separated-at-birth fools make a nice pair and just confirm that the GOP has finally fielded the most incompetent challenge to a beleaguered president maybe in history. Just ask Karl Rove.

    December 5, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Drew

    Come on Republicans stand on your hind legs and vote for a candidiate with experience, intellegence and real personality. A President who won't pi** off China, alienate Pakistan or start a nuclear war with Iran. He's been out there the whole time and deep down you know I'm right his name is HUNTSMAN and he is the only real choice.

    December 5, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Dustin

    What does Donald Trump know about poor people and poor neighborhoods other than trying to buy their houses in order to build another casino? Anyone who would seriously listen to the ideas of too of the richest men in America who have never sniffed poverty and probably have zero personal friends who aren't extremely fortunate financially. Sure these guys have worked hard, but to have them try and equated hard work and poverty shows that they have very little understanding of the plight of the poor in this country and how to solve the problem.

    December 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Jimmie L. Franklin

    I DID! But I do not see it posted. Please post my comment. Thanks. Jimmie L. Franklin

    December 5, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Lardeau

    Trump should butt out. He's a huckster-snake oil type salesman. Con man. Clown actually.

    December 5, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Taylor

    Is this what the Republican party has come to? A reality show

    December 5, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    Kingmaker Trump has these candidates looking like the clowns that they are.

    December 5, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Donald Hump

    Donald Trump is a wasted human the only result of this allience will be the sound of a toilet flush as the people proudly announce to Ginrich "your fired" Ron Paul or Jessy Ventura 2012 that or a revolution

    December 5, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Scott O' Canada

    Holy Smokes!!! I will never again criticize a politician up here after watching this Republican Gong Show. "The Don" is Americas best used car salemen, and yet holds sway with all but two of the the candidates. And who are, ironically, the two smartest of this sorry lot.

    December 5, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. dH

    Association with Donald Trump will take Newt far away from his claim for Presidency. Good for President Obama ! Newt's policies on child labor are dead WRONG. It is plain discrimination and a class war. Can he ASSURE that the poor kids will be safe in the bathrooms?? Does he read newspapers or not? He is talking like an Idiot Pundit.

    December 5, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    What excellent symbolism! The GOBP deathcult candidates apparently feel the need to publicly disgrace themselves by kissing the ring of a 1% in the national media. That pretty much tells you everything about their priorities, which are "we care for the greedy, not the needy."

    December 5, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. Margaret

    Reality TV comes to U.S. poltics. I for the life of me cannot understand why it takes so long to choose a politician to lead your Country. Billions of dollars raised and spent for what? In this day and age of instant everything this could have been done in 2 months like it is any other part of the world. People who have money making more money and making fools of themselves and the pople of the U.S. It does become tiresome after a while.

    December 5, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAhadists

    When did the republican party become Ringling Brothers because all I see are a bunch of clowns.

    December 5, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. SiriusVH

    I have said a while ago that the GOPsters could save themselves a LOT of money by randomly selecting their candidates because, no matter what, at the end, they will always select an idiot.

    December 5, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. SiriusVH

    In fact, had they done their selection totally randomly, Huntsman, the only electable person in the group, might have had a better chance of being chosen for the nomination.

    December 5, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Tom In Millstadt

    This is what the Republican party has become? Gravitating to a pompous,egomaniacal, huckster reality show host. Gees Newt who will you work for if elected? The common man out there trying to keep his head above water let alone trying to move up on the world or billionaire jerkweeds like Trump. Never mind I already know the answer.

    December 5, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. GregD

    @ Donkey Party:
    You and other have indicated that you are afraid of a Ron Paul president term would be but offer no facts or reasons why.

    Here are some facts on the Newt that you might be considering: He has cheated on multiple wives. He got kicked out of the House by 84 ethics charges and faced a $300,00 ethics violation charge. The largest ethics violation charge ever.
    Is this the type of person you want to become the most powerful person in world?

    He purposely broke his marriage vows multiple times. What makes you think he will keep any other vow, such as the vow of office?

    December 5, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. connieb

    And its allowing a leacherous old goat to run for the presidancy.

    December 5, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. dH

    President Obama., have a Good Night's Sleep on this day !

    December 5, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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