Then and now: A lot the same for Gingrich
December 9th, 2011
01:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Then and now: A lot the same for Gingrich

(CNN) – More than a decade has passed since Newt Gingrich delivered a series of speeches espousing his ideals about limited government and personal responsibility, but the addresses carried similar themes to those he gives on the campaign trail today.

The remarks, recorded by CNN at the time, provide insight into the man, who is now the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, as he defined what it means to be an American in his mind and how those ideals fit within the larger structure of government.

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  1. Liili

    OMG!!! Newt Gngrich as President of this great country would be more than a disaster! What's wrong with folk, especially the Family Value crew? Newt Gingrich is a retro bully that will do anything to gain power , even if it means selling his soul .....

    December 9, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I remember when they changed the rules for C-SPAN to cover their speeches. They could no longer just show the speaker, they had to show the crowd in the hall, too. The amazing thing is whenever Newt was giving a speech (before he became speaker, there were only about a half-dozen other Congressmen waiting for their turn before the camera, and no one in the gallery. Prior to that you always thought Newt was speaking to a packed chamber.

    December 9, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Expat American

    Same old Newt...Just older and fatter; but wearing the same ill-fitting suit. It won't be long until the GOP sends him packing a second time.

    This clown will never, ever be President of the United States. Never.

    December 9, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "More than a decade has passed since Newt Gingrich delivered a series of speeches espousing his ideals about limited government and personal responsibility ...

    ... And nothing has changed. Newt is still the egotistical blowhard he ever was, and I suspect, always will be.

    Sorry, old man, but Air Force One is still beyond your grasp ... next year - and following year - til the end of time.

    December 9, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Newt Gingrich is a status quo politician. Do not be deceived by all of his talk of reform this and that. Mr. Gringrich is for all of the Bush administration polices that brought us here. The same policies that Republicans could not enact under Pres. Clinton, but they were able to get passed inder Bush, were masterminded by Mr. Gingrich with his "Contract For America."

    Remember, during the debt ceiling debate this past summer. Gingrich can be quoted on the Political Ticker (07-12-2011) saying,"It is a fundamental mistake for the congressional Republicans to try to find a way out of the current fight." He shut down the government in the 1990s, and he was advocating shutting it all down again. He's still the same guy.

    December 9, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. unsub

    waiting for Pelosi to release the docs.on Newt.

    December 9, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. diridi

    just drive all the Congress idiots out of offices in next election...

    December 9, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Right now I would rather see Mitt Romney get the Republican nomination than Newt Gingrich, but only because I believe a general election of Romney vs. Obama would give Republicans The Administration, The House, The Senate and a strong majority of governorships. Newt Gingrich is extremely intelligent and has a great message about what the American federal government is all about and does an excellent job at explaining his vision for America. But I do understand that Independents will be critical in 2012 and a more moderate approach by Mitt Romney may have a huge impact with their numbers.

    December 9, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. CA Dream USA

    More circus circus ......Grand Ole Party...........

    December 9, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Dave

    Newt Gingrich would be a disaster as a President. It really doesn't matter anyway. If he gets the nomination, Obama will beat him like a drum.

    December 9, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Joee Deere

    It is time for Newt Gingrich to ascend. To the nomination only! The repub are going down... hahahahahahaaaa!

    December 9, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    Right now I would rather see Mitt Romney get the Republican nomination than Newt Gingrich, but only because I believe a general election of Romney vs. Obama would give Republicans The Administration, The House, The Senate and a strong majority of governorships. Newt Gingrich is extremely intelligent and has a great message about what the American federal government is all about and does an excellent job at explaining his vision for America......
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    Who writes your theme music? Hannity? O'Reilly? Greta? [van sustern, pal...LOL]

    December 9, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    At least Gingrich doesn't have Karl Rove's hand up his butt making his arms and lips move. The 1%'s preferred puppet this year is the Mitt Romney EZ Smile 2012 model.

    December 9, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |