Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies'
January 25th, 2012
10:11 AM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies'

(CNN) – The feud between two former House speakers continued Wednesday, with Newt Gingrich pushing back against Nancy Pelosi's claims that Gingrich "will never" win the White House.

"She lives in a San Francisco environment of very strange fantasies and very strange understandings of reality," Gingrich said on NBC's "Today." "I have no idea what's in Nancy Pelosi's head."

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The House minority leader strongly insisted Tuesday night on CNN's "John King, USA" that Gingrich could never become president, saying he's done "plenty of dumb things."

"There's something I know, the Republicans, if they chose to nominate him, that's their prerogative. I don't even think that's going to happen," Pelosi warned.

Her comments set off a firestorm of speculation over whether Pelosi was implying she knew something about the candidate that could potentially damage his candidacy. The inflection in her voice, however, indicated she felt strongly that Gingrich was not qualified for the Oval Office.

Asked Wednesday morning about the interview, Gingrich said if Pelosi was hiding something she should name it.

"I have a simple challenge: Spit it out," Gingrich said.

Pelosi confirmed Wednesday that Pelosi was simply suggesting she believed Gingrich to be unelectable.

“Any reference I would make to the Ethics Committee is confined to the public record," Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi made headlines in December when she said in an interview that she had information on Gingrich that would be released "when the time's right."

Her office later clarified her remarks, saying Pelosi was referring to the public record on Gingrich's 1997 ethics violation in the House, the records of which are online.

The House minority leader's name is frequently used as an attack line against Gingrich on the campaign trail, with rivals blasting the former speaker for pairing up with Pelosi in a 2008 commercial urging the country to "take action" on climate change.

Gingrich has repeatedly described the commercial as "the dumbest" move he's made in recent years.

- CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.

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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. darth

    They are both children of Satan. Who cares what either of them say?

    January 25, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. max

    nothing against san fran. one of my favorite cities. love the people too. having said that - pelosi is nuts

    January 25, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Mark

    My high schooler does not want to clean school toilets and empty school trash cans. he makes money by transferring video tapes to DVD's for money. How dare you Newt!

    January 25, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Campus Crusade . . . for Cthulhu

    "what if someone from the right had threatened to ruin another person's life ON TELEVISION?" What in bulsht's name are you on about? Remember the Clinton Hearings, where they investigated his wife's contract with a real estate company and went on investigating for years until they found something completely unrelated?

    January 25, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Where are Pelosi's income tax returns from her time in the House? The American people deserve to know how much money she has made with insider trading. This practice warrants jail time for the uwashed masses. Of course Queen Nancy does allow OUR laws apply to HER. Come clean Nancy.

    January 25, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. tluv00

    When confronted Newt doesn't actually prove the other candidates are lying he just says they are. If they are lying about these things Newt prove it.

    January 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  7. unsub

    newt lives in the past! "...Ronald Reagan...blah, blah, blah!" crap.

    January 25, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. ted

    Newter – you live in a fantasy land of wives and mistresses – you are probably wishing you were a Mormon so you could have plenty of wives

    January 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. FactCheck

    Yeah well Barack Obama got elected and that description fits him as well.
    My condolences to your parents.. if they could only have afforded birth control.

    January 25, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. tcaud

    Might her secret possibly be that... she's a good judge of character and knows antisocial personality disorder when she sees it, and is well aware that most other people see it in Newt as well? (and if not, I'm sure it's not to difficult to draw it out of him... he does it so well!)

    January 25, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Truth, please give an example of how Obama is a dangerous, self-centered egomaniac. I noticed you don't dispute that Gingrich is.

    January 25, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. Brown

    Why is it that "Salamander" is always speaking out of his rear end? Is that what a Newt does?

    January 25, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Royal

    Good going Nancy we should name this saga Nancy Mysteries. A throwback mystery, the nutty newt lying. Newt no match for a woman who's more man then him. After all she certainly was a far better Speaker.

    January 25, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Well, Gingrich has his own delusions.... One being that he's great.

    January 25, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Jem

    Why do you Republicans prefer a serial adulterer and a professional flip flopper to a man with a rational plan to fix this nation?

    Why are you not voting for RON PAUL?

    January 25, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Natalie

    @Common Sense: That's cute, you pick a name that is the opposite of who you really are, nice. Have you drilled down to see who that 47% is comprised of? Do you call yourself a Christian by any chance? That's likely in name only as well.

    January 25, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. steve

    Nancy needs to go to a quilting bee. That's where all the gossip is supposed to be at.

    January 25, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. john

    Newt's history as a husband and as a Speaker tells the entire tale. He is a moralizer who thinks that the rules only apply to his 'political enemies', which in itself is destructive. People who have a different vision for the United States should not be construed as the enemy. He is the author of destructive politics and it does not take much research to uncover his failings as a leader, much less as a truthful human being who knows how to honor an oath. Yes, character DOES matter.

    January 25, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Campus Crusade . . . for Cthulhu

    Newt is squamous and rugose.

    January 25, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. JC in SC

    She should be his fourth wife.

    January 25, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Eric

    What's in Dear Leader Pelosi's head? Isn't that a trick question?

    January 25, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. My name is Jose Jimenez

    newt = a low life form usually frequenting dark moist places under rocks and out of the sun.

    January 25, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Duke1CA

    All of you Newt-bashers are the real hypocrites, who can't judge a candidate by where he is today and what he is saying. You insist on constantly bringing up Newt's past, yet many of you complain bitterly if the same thing is done to a Democrat (especially President Obama, who was given an almost complete pass on this by the mainstream media). Pelosi and other Dem's hate Newt because they can't answer him. I am somewhat cautious about Gingrich but believe he has the best chance to defeat President Obama because he has the best grasp of history and the issues. His past problems seem to have humbled him, but not taken away the fighting spirit that we need in the White House.

    January 25, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. My name is Jose Jimenez

    newt comparing himself to Reagan – how funny is that?

    January 25, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. John

    I've really had to control my anger with this guy. He is delusional, reckless, mean spirited, and unfaithful. God only knows how he keeps his women caged. Must be the money?

    January 25, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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