Rappers 'Hoot for Newt'
James Johnson, Newt Gingrich supporter and "Newt Hoot" rapper, stands on stage with the Republican presidential candidate. Photo by Erika Dimmler/CNN
January 28th, 2012
11:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Rappers 'Hoot for Newt'

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Not many people would associate Newt Gingrich with rap music, but now one can, thanks to three enterprising Florida teenagers who wrote "Hoot for Newt."

"Yeah hoot, hoot, hoot. Hey everybody vote for Newt," is the chorus concocted by St. Lucie 18-year-olds James Johnson, Franco Hurtado, and Tyler Arcia.

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People who showed up early for Gingrich's speech in Port St. Lucie heard the song for the first time. The song did not play while Gingrich was at the event but they presented him with a CD afterward.

Johnson's mother, Robin, is a Gingrich county co-chair and was involved in organizing the "two scoops for Newt" event at the PGA Center for Golf and Learning.

Robin said her son and his friends often jam together and suggested they write something original for the event.

Among the song's lyrics:

"Go ahead ask what your country can do for you because anything's possible with president Newt. Yeah, so get up off your feet. Get up on the street and tell everyone you meet.

'Hoot, hoot, hoot. Hey everybody vote for Newt."

"Rap's kind of new to us. We're all rockers," said James, who wrote and recorded the song in one night during a sleepover with his friends.

"We were trying to think of a way to do publicity for Newt. All the kids listen to rap so that's what we did," he said.

Arcia could not make the event but Johnson and Hurtado got their picture taken with the presidential candidate.

Member of Gingrich's advance staff signed off on playing "Hoot for Newt" before the event. It likely won't replace the country music that plays in a loop at most events, but Johnson, Hurtado and Arcia's song is sure to make the rounds online.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. DENNA

    Yes, please do. Vote for Newt. This will pretty much guarantee Obama a second term, so vote away.

    January 29, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  2. Larry L

    Vote for Newt! He's dishonest but he's white and not a Mormon!

    January 29, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  3. Charles

    Go to youtube and search "Ron Paul song" the search "Newt Gingrich song" and see who wins. Ron Paul has more grassroot songs/videos/art than the other candidates combined and you post a report on some rappers for Newt? Fail CNN.

    January 29, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  4. gimmesometruth

    Newt can inspire. Romney can fire.

    January 29, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. NO_BS

    "Yeah puke, puke, puke. Hey everybody boot the Newt,"

    January 29, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  6. stars

    sound pretty stupid.

    January 29, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  7. Person A

    Don't vote for Newt, the GOP is hardly recovering from the laughing stock Bush made it. Newt would destory the GOP when he gets slaughtered by Obama in debates. Vote Ron Paul or at the very worst Rick Santorum. Mitt and Newt don't even represent anything to do with the GOP ideals.

    January 29, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  8. James B

    Now isn't this clever...a way to creat a headline that suggests somehow a urban (euphasmism for Black) crowd would possibly vote for Newt Gingrich. Let me assure you, Newt couldn't buy a vote in a Black community, although I wouldn't put it past him or Romney to try. Newt epitomizes all that is wrong with politics - corruption, greed, divisiveness, pettiness and bigotry.

    January 29, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  9. Palipali Dong

    A rap sound for Newt! Foodstamp music is not appropriate

    January 29, 2012 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  10. CG

    Wow, that's the worst thing I've heard online since Friday by Rebecca Black. Sorry kids, but you're not making Gingrich better, you're just making Hip Hop worse.

    January 29, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  11. john

    They are rapping for a war mongering lobbyist haha this is a joke!

    January 29, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  12. Anon RapGenius

    am i the only one completely disgusted by this

    January 29, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  13. joesix

    SPOILER ALERT! They're white.

    January 29, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  14. Patricia Murray, M.D.

    I'll hoot and vote for NEWT!!!!!!

    January 29, 2012 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  15. works4me

    How about ...

    I don't give a hoot about Newt
    The points he makes are moot
    He got that look you in the eye,
    as he steals your loot.
    He's as ornery as they come,
    he's just and angry old coot.
    No I would never consider Newt.

    January 29, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  16. Lee

    Yeesh. Stay in school, kids.

    January 29, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  17. diridi

    I really do not give darn hoot for him. o.k,

    January 29, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    A rap music song for Newt Gingrich; yet another sign of the Apocalypse.

    January 29, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Errm

    Wow. Dumbest "rap" ever.

    January 29, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |