January 23rd, 2012
06:28 PM ET
3 years ago

Some Republican leaders fear Gingrich rise could be their downfall

Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich might have led Republicans to their first House majority in 40 years in the 1990s, but the prospect of the former House Speaker becoming their presidential nominee is producing significant GOP angst.

"If he's the nominee, it's a disaster. There is no way to sugar-coat it," said one GOP congressional strategist describing the tension after Gingrich won South Carolina.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dave

    I can't imagine that Newt will be able to govern a divided country. He is far to extreme and has no tact whatsoever.

    January 23, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    and those people are right. Newt would lose all "swing" states and would not even get 100 electoral votes. Only TX has a reasonable amount and they'd vote for a space alien before Obama. The rest that he would win are all dinky states with little electoral influence

    January 23, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. SecedingfromTexas

    Too bad they are not as concerned about America and what they are doing to all of us by their obstructionism.
    No, they are worried Newt will take down the Republican Party. News flash, the Tea Partiers are way ahead
    of Newt, so it's a lose/lose unless you are willing to start acting like Patriots and get to work with OUR
    President finding solutions for the people you work for.
    I agree with them about Newt, but they need to come out of the dark room and say it out loud, publicly, and with
    conviction.

    January 23, 2012 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    In our neighboring district, if the Rep. doesn't denounce eveything about Gingrich and his hate and fear, he WILL LOSE HIS SEAT OF 8 YEARS.

    January 23, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |