Gingrich wouldn't vote for Ron Paul
December 27th, 2011
05:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich wouldn't vote for Ron Paul

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he wouldn't vote for Ron Paul if the Texas congressman won the 2012 GOP nomination.

Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich slammed Paul as out of line with mainstream Republican viewpoints, including his stance on Israel, Iran, and September 11.

"I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Gingrich continued: "He's got to come up with some very straight answers to get somebody to take him seriously. Would I be willing to listen to him? Sure. I think the choice of Ron Paul or Barack Obama would be a very bad choice for America."

When asked if he would be able to vote for Paul if his rival won the 2012 GOP nomination, Gingrich said unequivocally "No."

"I think it's very difficult to see how you would engage in dealing with Ron Paul as a nominee," Gingrich said. "Given the newsletters, which he has not yet disowned. He would have to go a long way to explain himself and I think it would be very difficult to see today, Ron Paul as the Republican nominee."

Paul's role in writing newsletters with racist remarks came under increased scrutiny last week as polls showed the Texas rising in popularity among Iowa voters. The most recent, from the American Research Group, shows Paul, Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a dead heat for first place. Paul has indicated he did not write all of the content in his newsletters and had not read some of it before publication.

In responding to negative ads Paul's campaign has released slamming Gingrich's record as a conservative, the former House speaker said the spots were inaccurate.

"You look at Ron Paul's record of systemic avoidance of reality, his ads are about as accurate as his newsletter," Gingrich said.

Gingrich named Paul's stance on Iran as representative of Paul's extremist viewpoints.

"He's not going to get the nomination. It won't happen," Gingrich said. "The people in the United States are not going to accept somebody who thinks it's irrelevant if Iran gets a nuclear weapon."

Paul's campaign responded to Gingrich Tuesday, calling his remarks "childish."

"Frustration from his floundering campaign has Newt Gingrich showing who he really is: a divisive, big-government liberal," Paul Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said. "Newt has a long record of standing against conservatives dating back to his support for liberal Nelson Rockefeller over Barry Goldwater, so this sort of childish outburst is nothing new."


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soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Joshua Dale.

    Ron Paul is somebody who advocates a humble foreign policy of non-interventionism, a sound currency, free markets, and a government that isn't going to invade our personal lives and get us involved in endless undeclared wars. Somebody who stands for civil liberties and the basic principles upon which this country was founded. He wants to put an end to the government using YOUR tax dollars to bail out greedy corporations and propping up foreign dictators. Can even ONE ration person tell me how this is "radical' "out of line" or "indecent'?

    Then you have Gingrich, who is a KNOWN insider and a liar. I wouldn't trust him any further than I could throw him.

    Ron Paul 2012.

    What is so

    December 27, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. ton

    Who cares what Newt has to say! He's not even on the ballot in his own state! He is irrelevant.

    December 27, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  3. facepalm

    I gotta wonder how deep in the sand the heads are of the people that still support obama. Where's that change he was talking about? We're still caught up in a cycle of endless wars. Now we're about to go to war with Iran, Ron Paul 2012, the only candidate in either party who is for peace.

    December 27, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. goronpaul

    "I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
    Lets see the top donations for Ron Paul come from the US military branches, so Newt just called US service men and woman undecent. Why does newt dislike the people who are willing to die for his country.

    December 27, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  5. Kevin

    The only reason Iran would want to get a nuke is to protect itself from America and its policies. Wake up Newt! Wake up America!!!

    December 27, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Moderate

    Newt hates him? Then he must be a good candidate :)

    December 27, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. RP supporter

    ~~wo-oo-oo~~ Gingrich won't vote for Ron Paul? Lmao, we will.

    Ron Paul 2012

    December 27, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  8. TomGI

    TomGI: Gingrich 'bad choice for America'

    December 27, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. tr

    Pot, meet kettle.

    December 27, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Isabel

    People like Newt Gingrich is the reason Paul needs to run.

    December 27, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. gastrafitis

    You know, Gingrich and Paul are different people. I actually liked them both. They did share a lot of common ground, especially in terms of knowledge/intelligence, political experience, characters of consistency and persistence, and for the most part honesty (yes, Gingrich doesn't try to hide negative chapters of his story despite the purpose). Now, Gingrich has just lost my vote. Just like how he shoots down the newsletters of Paul, the newsletters written by radicals and anti-Pauls whom Paul never even got to read. If he did read all of them, he might as well just give up on politics to become a full-time newsletter editor.

    December 27, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Margaret

    Pot calling the kettle black?? I would not vote for either of them.

    December 27, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  13. the_dude

    Newt is working hard to make sure the military industrial complex stays fat and happy and wars will continue. Pelosi and feinstein will keep amking their war profits and we will spend billions upon billions to ensure Iran does not get a nuke.

    December 27, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  14. Joel

    "I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." Out of Mainstream ? Mainstream people dont Make $10000 Bets on National TV. All these People Running Really have no Grip On what it really takes to Make a Living !

    December 27, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    It's no secret that the Republicans are all about sabotaging Obama's re-election ,but NONE of their candidates are even worth a look at. They couldn't find a snowball in a blizzard! I actually MISS Sarah Palin!

    December 27, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. Larry L

    Interesting that Gingrich would use the term "decent American". Is this the non-smear campaign he was talking about? He's just a sleazy lobbyist/politician with the morals of an alley cat.

    December 27, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. Rick

    Ron Paul....what this country needs? hasn't he been IN this government for like 12 years. He IS part of the problem!!!!

    December 27, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. bilbo

    I think I would vote for Obama over Gingrich now because general incompetence is better than some over-zealous power glutton.

    December 27, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. skarphace

    America: Gingrich 'horrible choice for America'.

    December 27, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. tony

    Paul has a lot of good points. I'm ready for a new perspective in Washington. Most of the current candidates are one in the same. Paul is the only one with something new to offer. Hoping for true change but we will see if the establishment is ready!

    December 27, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. billy davis

    I don't really care for Ron Paul but Newt. Your philandering ways doesn't sit well with a majority of Americans either.

    December 27, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Dave

    I don't think the majority of republicans would vote for lying newt either. He's not going to get the nomination. Sorry to break it to your ego newt. You're so completely unelectable that you're toxic.

    December 27, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Blake

    "The people in the United States are not going to accept somebody who thinks it's irrelevant if Iran gets a nuclear weapon."

    Newsflash, Pakistan a country far worse than Iran that hid Bin Ladin has had nukes for quite sometime and the world didn't end.

    Anyhow, congrats Newt, you just lost my vote. I support Ron Paul and would likely support the GOP nominee if Paul didn't win, but there is no way I will support Gingrich now since he thinks I'm not a decent American.

    December 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. the_dude

    Even if Ron Paul is a horrifically bad president it can't be any worse than what we have had recently.

    December 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Karah

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that doesn't seem to be lying through his teeth, whereas Newt is a politically paid con artist who will say practically anything to get a vote. I agree with 'Sjmfury,' who posted earlier that, 'When both sides of the isle are attacking him [Ron Paul], the man is doing something right.' Things need to change drastically in this country, and Ron Paul seems to be the only candidate with new ideas on how to make that happen. He's not playing the left vs right political game, he wants to make change for the better for the people, and that's why so many people like him. Seems like a no-brainer to me....

    December 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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