Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies'
January 25th, 2012
10:11 AM ET
3 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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pardon the typos.

    January 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Wade

    Nancy sure has been quiet lately. Maybe it's because of all this hatred and anger towards the wealthy and well to do. Anyone know how much she's worth and how she gets it? A lot! But the media and the rest of the lap-dog liberal lemmings give her a free pass.

    January 25, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. chenna_benna

    And yet Newt can sit on a couch with her to agree with her on global warming.

    January 25, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. teena

    The republicans are now saying Pres. Obama has divided the country. But, I remember when Newt and his cronies came into power. The division, partisanship and rancor erupted and then became commonplace in our Congress. So, before you go pointing fingers at someone else, look in the mirror first!
    Newt is an egotistical maniac who looks for "the next best thing" and then decorates her with baubles purchased at Tiffany's with ill-gotten gains!

    January 25, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Jack

    i don't know, Newt–wanting an open marriage sounds very strange in a San Francisco 60s style swinger way. A wife AND a mistress. Now that's not fantasyland, is it?

    January 25, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. jim

    Pelosi suffers from serious delusions of competence.

    January 25, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Reasonably

    I'm no fan of Pelosi, but isn't this the pot calling the kettle black? Gingrich is so full of himself it's comical.

    January 25, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Tr1Xen

    I agree with Gingrich! Pelosi is pretty nutty!!!

    January 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Mitt is a Git

    Mitt Romney is: Unemployed and rich the old fashioned way–by inheriting his wealth, is cruel to animals, has five sons who are married but are all also umemployed–they "work" on his campaign, but live off daddy's money and they all live in the same large house together–which is why his houses are such large "compounds"–kinda like David Koresh and Warren Jeffs. Mitt ran away from military service to France because of religious reasons and lived high on the hog while doing his "mission" work. Was not all that great of a governor, and is a job destroyer, not a creator. He does not pass the trustworthy test, and has no foreign relations or defense experience at all. No real good points except being tall and still has his own hair.

    Newt Gingrich is: a cheater, ethics violator (who got caught), is morally reprehensible, and has crazy ideas, but his good points are that he debates well, and can take what he dishes out so long as he has time to construct a defense. He is smart, but the baggage makes that hard to see. Morally, he is not trustworthy, and does not pass the "good ideas" test. Very weak on policy and has some crazy ideas.

    Neither of these front-runners are presidential at all, but Gingrich is surging in the polls. That may be that people would rather deal with the devil they know rather than the devil they don't. For Obama supporters, this is good news either way, because it all but guarantees his second term.

    January 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Jack Be Humble

    Sadly, Gingrich lives in a land of reality, where a adulteror and crook is forgiven by mainstream fundamentalist christian groups and made their standard bearer, so that he can stand up and rebuke the wicked worshipper of a warped pseudo christian cultist. All based upon the concept that love of country transforms a politician into a sex machine. God is love, baby.

    January 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Gingrich has no idea what's in anyone's head except his own. He is a self-proclaimed historian who never has history correct, but twists the facts to fit whatever he needs them to be for his mind's reality. Newt is a narcissist so caught up in his unquenchable lust for power, that he has lost touch with all reality. Sadly, so have many neo-cons in my former party, who will eventually destroy it.

    January 25, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Hark

    I'm loving all this anti Newt propaganda. The left is trying to put up a good front but it is pitiful. Be careful what you wish for Obama supporters. Your guy last night wore some rose colored glasses and basically gave a weak campaign speech. Time to move on and out. As to Nancy Pelosi, she is just a worn out political wart....move on. Give 'em hell Newt!!!!

    January 25, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Thinkergal

    Don't kid yourself, Newt; you've done MUCH dumber things. I don't think the Repubs are dumb enough to nominate Newt, but if they do Nancy is correct. The American people are not dumb enough to actually elect him.

    January 25, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I believe Pelosi is actually afraid Newt might be able to pull it off so is launching pre-emptive strikes to undermine him. After all, it was Newt that was the driving force in the early 90's that enabled the Republicans to take control of the House after over 40 years of Democrat tyranny. Newt uses his extensive knowledge of history to his full advantage.

    If Newt were to win the Presidency, I do believe Pelosi would resign rather than address him as Mr. President. THAT ALONE might be incentive enough to vote for Newt!!

    January 25, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. blf83

    With all the possible jabbing potential that Newtie offers all American people, he is hardly the poster boy to criticize others. He's a self-aggrandizing ego-maniac who is a danger to all of us.

    January 25, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. I Haven't Forgotten

    Sounds like they both need some more couch time together.

    January 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Steve Obama-HOUSTON

    Pelosi is right and Newt is delusional if he really thinks he will win the presidency of this great land of the United States of America. He and the other GOP goffers are just seat fillers for the real GOP candidate is not even going to run until 2016.

    January 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Larry in Houston

    can't wait til Nancy comes out with the big one – same way his ex-wife done – 2 or 3 days before the primaries – I hope Nancy Buries him – about 1 week before the election – that would be a funny one – for sure – I would love to say some choice words for the newter – or about the newter – but I highly doubt cnn would print it – I guess "dirtbag" is as FAR as they will go.

    GOBAMA 2012

    Larry in Houston

    January 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. yogi

    Typical GOP reaction: Scream as loud as you can, but don't get fooled, it is only to hide the dumbness.
    Obama 2012 :)

    January 25, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. yogi

    Republicans are the barkers, Democrats the waggers.

    January 25, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. Bill

    Sure will be glad when these "debates" are concluded. I've already lost respect for the candidates for letting the "news" media manipulate them like puppets.

    January 25, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - If California is a mess, its because the GOP created it
    ========================================================
    Just typical, Democrats and "progressives" spend their way to bankruptcy and then say it wasn't their fault.. Sound familiar??? Obama and the Democrats in DC do exactly the same thing. THEY never cause failure, it is always somebody else. Like the little child caught in front of the broken cookie jar, "I didn't do it!".

    California has been controlled by the Democrats and their union lackeys FOR DECADES. The highest tax rates IN THE COUNTRY, and STILL going bankrupt. Yup, but it was the one or two Republicans governors that were dumb enough to run for office in LALA Land to try and save them from themselves that was the problem. Yup, the problem is that state tax rates are not 25% right Democrats? Unbelieveable!

    January 25, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. nilla

    Gingrich is right – if Pelosi knows something, she should "spit it out". Then he can scream, shake his finger, and scold us like children when we ask him about it.

    January 25, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. jb

    Newt couldn't even clean house for Nancy. He is a LOSER

    January 25, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  25. nancy

    You watch them and wonder are we really trying to teach our children to stop bulling each other. I would think that children should not be able to watch this r rated junk.

    January 25, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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