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. Jakob

    Blake, there's a word for you. Homophobic. Educate yourself! And please do us all a favor and never set foot in San Francisco, one of the greatest cities in the world!

    January 25, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Patriot Awesome

    Gingrich / Cthuhlu 2012! Don't settle for the lesser of two evils!

    January 25, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    Nancy, please be quiet. Let the republicans decide in peace who they would like to see as president. After they have a nominee, fine, go for it.

    January 25, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Name

    Gingrich is a dangerous self center egomaniacs person, he will never be elected to the white house

    January 25, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Busted

    '...environment of very strange fantasies and very strange understandings of reality" – this is coming from someone who committed adultry and believes he is a true conservative christian. OK Newt, whatever weird little fantasies you can dream up.

    January 25, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. YtownSports

    If only Nancy Pelosi weren't such a hypocrite. Her most ethical and transparent House became a house of cards. She is another Utopian whose credibility on facts is shaky at best.
    Newt says he's changed and repented. I don't know if I buy that, but he's too smart to be trifled (sp?) with.
    The posts in here by and large show only that too many people are unwilling to change...or even consider changing...their preconceived notions. And we wonder why the Congress and the nation are gridlocked!

    January 25, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. jdl

    Newt your statements are "Historically Incorrect" as usual .

    January 25, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Lorna

    Interesting....funny how at any moment he can say what people want to hear.

    January 25, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. brian in denver

    Newt says "Pelosi lives in land of strange fantasies..."

    Isn't that the pot calling the kettle black?

    January 25, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. sayquitter

    Next election it's shaping up to be a walk in the park for Obama.

    January 25, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Rpaulwmson

    Republicans, Tea Partyers and right wingers- be afraid. Be very, very afraid of November.You will be slaughtered like sheep. Already the hysteria, paranoia and delusions are setting in, based on some of the comments from the unwashed,uneducated and ignorant right-wingers writing in this blog.

    January 25, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Hey Pelosi... Shouldn't you be more concerned with draining that Democrat swamp??? Why is Rangel still there? Blue collar workers (that you profess to care so much about) actually get sentenced to prison time for doing what he did, yet he gets a slap on the wrist and gets to keep his office.

    What is happening with Maxine Waters and her influence peddling and corruption?

    What about YOUR insider trading??? We expect to see all your tax returns and those of your family.

    Yes, before you start threatening others, you might want to examine the glass house you live in...

    January 25, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Pretty soon Newt will begin stomping his feet and becoming the cry baby again just like in the 90's when he pouted about his seat assignment on Air Force One, remember that? Anyone who disagrees with him or his twisted version of history he always attacks and spreads more hate and lies. This self proclaimed historian (not) is just not fit to govern our great country. he would have to do something that is completely foreign to him, telling the Truth.

    January 25, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Common Sense

    I think the botox has penetrated her brain. As for reality...Pelosi, Obama and the rest of the Democrats keep referring to "everyone needs to pay their fair share". Common sense would take that statement to mean the 49% of the population paying ZERO in income tax needs to pay up. Especially since they use the majority of the government programs the rest of us who pay taxes are funding. However we all know they just want the current tax payers to pay MORE. If that makes sense to you, seek help immediately.

    January 25, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "I expected the comments on this liberal news page to be what they are but all politics aside, liberal or Conservative what if someone from the right had threatened to ruin another person's life ON TELEVISION?"

    Wow, drama queen much? Please point out specifically where anyone on the left has "threatened to ruin another person's life", And if you want to see real threats, look at the incendiary extremism the rightwng nutjobs spread every day on hate radio and the rest of the rightwing media noise machine.

    January 25, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. normajean @ verizon ,com

    If anyone is living with "strange understandings of reality,,," I t is Newt Gingrich.! How any one with his deplorable background can see a winner when he looks in the mirror is totally unreal..... This is a man with the ability to talk faster than people can think, lying most of the way, and basically saying nothing!!!.. He's a loser and while we the voters know it...he has yet to see the results....... which he will ....in spades!!!!

    January 25, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Vice of New York

    It "Bizzare". Here we have a Janus-Faced opportunist who has been reprimanded for attempting to decieve the Congress, a divisive Anti-Patriot who speaks of "patriotism" as though it's some kind of badge to wear or hatchet to swing against those he disagrees with, an irrational lier with delusions of grandure who who unable to hold his own Repubican Majority in line, and a snake-oil sales pitch con-man who would honor a Brothel as with his Small Business of the Year award for a minor "processing" fee of $5,000, and a well-honed expert at the politics of racism and dog-whistles.... and he has the stones to say Pelosi lives in a "Strange Fantasy Land"

    Mr. Gingrich – maybe you should catch a flight off the moon and come back down to Earth.

    January 25, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Reeiping it Real

    We all know something about Pelosi too. It tends to all relate back to the word "liar".

    January 25, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Lisa Walcott

    Say what you want of Nancy Pelosi, Mr. Gingrich but at least she hasn't been thrown out by her own party over ethical violations. Giving you keys to the Oval Office would be like giving the fox keys to hen house. No thanks.

    January 25, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. parkmore

    He is not even polite. She is 100% right.

    January 25, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Dean

    Pelosi does not like Newt. That's enough to make me vote for him.

    January 25, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Vital2u

    Just another example of his ultra conservative, judgmental attitude about people...not only a slam to Pelosi, but everyone who lives in San Fran and anyone else who's not like him...he's a joke.

    January 25, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Donald in CA

    Last time i checked Nancy pelosi hadnt cheated on her husband or had to resignfrom congress in disgrace. The nerve of this nasty dishonest guy. And some want him to be president, PLEASE.

    January 25, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. JohnW

    She lives in a land of strange fantasies? So.... she's a tea partier now?

    January 25, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. carlos

    "I have no idea what's in Nancy Pelosi's head."the grinch said........nothing in yours, period.

    January 25, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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