Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies'
January 25th, 2012
10:11 AM ET
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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. logicnLA

    Blake – California may be the land of fruits, nuts and flakes but you know what? We make up 12% of this country! No state is more mainstream than this one. We have the more agricultrure than anywhere else in the country and Hollywood, Silicone Valley and aerospace. Finance and manufacturing. And..Nancy. long time marraige, no sellout to K St. and no exes throwing her under the bus.

    January 25, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. SiriusVH

    Coming from a guy whose sense of reality is as warped as G's, that is a compliment.

    Let's see, G is Margaret Thatcher? G is De Gaulle? G is an honorable man who would never cheat on his wife? G is a Historian who provides 'historical advice' for $1.6 million? G is the guy who was fined $300,000 for ethics violations but denies it.

    What sense of reality does G have?

    January 25, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  3. Thomas

    Newt will be President . If the economy worsens , if Israel attacks Iran , if children give up on there dreams .

    Newt is nothing without turmoil !

    Lobbyist or Historian ?

    January 25, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    The reason, RLA, that California has failed it that for over 20 years the GOP governors like Pete Wilson and other, ran on the idea of cutting property taxes while hiking fees on everything that moved. Municipalities like Orange County actually went bankrupt due to lack of suupport from the state and an unwilligness ont eh aprt of the conservatives who dominated local government to pay for the tax cuts they rammed through. If California is a mess, its because the GOP created it.

    January 25, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. BigGuy

    More diversions in an attempt to disguise the fact that the Republican party has absolutely no real plan to fix the economy, absolutely no interest in weaning the country off of our deadly dependence on oil, not a clue how to actually govern, no publicly stated policy to improve education, healthcare and infracstructure. They rant about this and that but never really offer any substantive solutions to anythjing. They are for the rich and only the rich.

    January 25, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Keane

    You can bet that every negative thing Newt says about someone else is something one can say about him. Everything he accuses others of is something he's done himself. That's the twisted nature of his pathology.

    January 25, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. mcole

    Pelosi is using a classic "smoke and mirrors" act to cause on the fence voters to question the validity of Newt himself. I believe there is enough factual documentation to support doubt with a subtle democrat pot-stirring.

    January 25, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Pat in IL

    Good job, Newt. You not only managed to sound like a 3rd grader dissing Nancy Pelosi, but at the same time, insulted the whole city of San Francisco. Hope you weren't planning on getting any votes from the bay area.

    January 25, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Lawrence

    I certainly hope Newt Gingrich wins the election and becomes President so we could get rid of an incompetent, agenda driven, pro Arab deputant and his henchmen i.e. Pelosi, Pinnetta, etc. Last nights State of the Union speech was classic Obama. A lot of catchy phrases and feel good rhetoric. There was a lot of style but not much substance. Gingrich has more knowledge in his pinky than Pelosi has in her entire air head. If Obama gets re-elected he will have a chance to finish his goal of ruining the country. Hopefully, the American electorate will be smarter this time around than they were a few years ago. If not, we could kiss the U.S. bye of retaining its world stature. Remember, think before you vote.

    January 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. CJ

    He was a lot kinder than I would've been. She's a nut! She's never said anything that sounds sane.

    January 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Michael in Houston

    ya Newt...your normal

    January 25, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. hamsta

    i think of nancy pelosi as a used car salesman.you have to let us pass this bill so you can see whats in it.translation:buy this lemon and then i will tell you about that transmission and engine problem.

    January 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Dee

    Newt lives in the land of fantasy and the President, Nancy and the Democrats live in a land of opportunity.

    Newt is from the old school the world is steady changing and they had better wake up and stop being stuck in the past. We have a new generation flux of technology people that includes the young people of this country.
    Some jobs are not coming back unless they get smart and use fast technology. China, Japan and India are leaving us behind. This President has the answer to move this Country into a new era and this is why young people understand where he is coming from.

    Maybe Congress and the rest should have gone to Silicon Valley and met with Steve Jobs as President Obama did he knows what he is doing and they don't understand it and don't like it.

    OBAMA 2012

    January 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  14. CathyinMN

    I am not a fan of Ms Pelosi BUT NEWT is beyond belief.

    January 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Tim

    Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies' – He got a birds eye view when we was sitting next to her. He is the biggest hypocrite. Supports the Santity of Marriage' after 2 affairs. What about his current wife who was cheating with him on his second wife. She has no morals either.

    January 25, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nancy's been in politics longer than dirt on the planet. I don't doubt that she knows interesting tidbits about the Newtered, but that's not the point. The point is that we don't need to know anymore about Newt. Between shooting himself in the foot everytime he gets anywhere near a "roll", and the fact that are already common knowledge this whole ridculous discussion about him actually becoming president, should he get the nomination, is absurd.
    Talk about 'living strange fantasies'. Newt for President is the strangest fantasies of them all.
    Obama 2012.

    January 25, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Eye of Newt

    It is absolutely magnificent to see Newt destroy the republican party's chances for the White House just to satisfy his own ego. Democrats can't buy this kind of hideous damage to their opponents.

    The whole republican party is sinking in a disgusting morass of hypocrisy. You can smell the stench for miles.

    January 25, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. JustSomeRandomGuyPostingAmazingComments

    "Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies'" Wow, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. And at least Pelosi is still her party's leader in the House. Newt was run out of his leadership position by his own party.

    January 25, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Grand Oil Party

    Do these knuckleheads listen to themselves speak? They accuse Obama of being divisive then go out and try to alienate an entire city of people. Where's the JOBS?

    January 25, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Pat in IL

    People forget. Saying "ethics violations" is the same as saying "thief" and "criminal" because he absolutely broke the law and got off easy, considering his crimes against the constitution and the people of the United States....just for greed.

    January 25, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Pat Henry

    Nance, that used to work on the playground when you were 8 (you know, 120 years ago). Grow up

    January 25, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. unsub

    @ Deborahvilano
    Yes. The Right's hatred and disdain for president Obama outweighs any rational thought.

    January 25, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Anonymous

    President Obama is the best Republican candidate running this year.

    January 25, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. a in austin

    Pelosi was a better "speaker" than him – Newt, the bully. He really thinks people what to hear his hateful rhetoric on everyone. No applause Newt!

    January 25, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "I have no idea what's in Nancy Pelosi's head."
    ==================================
    Air.

    January 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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