Gingrich describes Obama as a national security risk
February 21st, 2012
10:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich describes Obama as a national security risk

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Tuesday stood by comments he made the previous day urging voters to defeat President Barack Obama as a "duty of national security."

Asked what he meant by his remarks, the former House speaker said the president's policies pander to Islamic countries and the federal government refuses to "talk accurately about radical Islam."

CNN LIVE: Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET for the last presidential debate before Super Tuesday, the CNN/Arizona Republican Party Debate hosted by John King. Follow it on Twitter at #CNNDebate and on Facebook at CNN Politics. For real-time coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries, go to CNNPolitics.com or to the CNN apps or CNN mobile web site.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

"I don't think that's very effective," he said on CBS's "This Morning." "I think it's dangerous to America."

Gingrich downplayed the recent arrest of a Moroccan man who was on his way to the U.S. Capitol with what he thought was an explosive-laden vest but instead was a fake provided by authorities as part of a sting.

But the former speaker referred to the incident as one that "barely" prevented a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

He also chided the president for the country's limited role in the conflict in Egypt last year, arguing the U.S. should have been more involved to prove it stands by its longtime allies.

"This is an administration that no country really trusts," Gingrich said.

On Tuesday, the candidate also hit the president over what he called Obama's "outrageously anti-American energy" policies, pointing to his opposition to the Keystone pipeline and his push for more efficient cars.

"This is a president who routinely only obeys those laws he personally views fit," he said.

Gingrich made the original comments–in which he also blasted Obama as "incapable of defending the United States"– on Monday while speaking at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Gingrich is campaigning in Oklahoma again on Tuesday, two weeks before the Super Tuesday state holds its primary.

– CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

Also see:

Santorum clarifies 'theology' remark

Santorum rips Obama on social agenda

Gay sheriff resigns Romney role after allegations


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Oklahoma • President Obama • Terrorism
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Keyser Soze

    Swing and a miss, sit down poppin fresh.

    February 21, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Republican who supports President Obama

    What would Newt do if he gets elected? Lock up US citizens for voting for President Obama. Afterall we would be voting for a person he considers a security risk.

    The GOP needs a reality check. They have no foundation to stand on right now. The stock market is coming back to levels not seen in 4 years, hiring is coming back, and folks feel more secure now than before since our President has been using drones to cripple terrorist cells. The GOP have tried to obstruct financial stablization, lead the effort to defund NASA, lead the effort to slash numerous government jobs, and on and on.

    If I can vote to have the GOP silenced for 3 years after the general election I would do so right now. Only then will we see true progress and not lies and whining. They have to get over the loss and act with some sort of maturity.

    Sorry – no vote for the GOP.

    February 21, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Mike

    Follow the money. If your primary campaign contributor is a radical Zionist anything short of expressing absolute fealty to the state of Israel is considered being weak on national defense. We have an entire party that is acting at the behest of a foreign government with no consideration to the best interests of the United States. What Gingrich stands for is nothing short of high treason

    February 21, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. jilli

    What you're hearing from gingrich and santorum, quite frankly, is desperation. They've got nothing so they're going apocalyptic. Pretty pathetic.

    February 21, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Larry

    All of the comments on here would be comical if it weren't for the fact that although Newt does go too far his remarks are not all wrong. I particularly love all the "Obama got Osama" comments. Does anyone on here actually believe that Obama made that call? Leon Panetta and Hillary did an end run around the idiot to get it done. Obama's task master Jarrett worked very hard to ensure it did not happen....oops....Hillary got around it. The reality is the US is trusted less now than they ever were. Obama has a very clear record of being on the wrong side of almost every foreign affairs issue since he became President. Not sure about that? Ask Honduras, Israel, Poland, Iran, Egypt, Georgia, Turkey, and all those around them. Obama can be counted on to go in the wrong direction....everytime....without question. Regardless of your feelings for Newt there is no doubt that Obama is the most dangerous President this country has ever had. And oh BTW....for all the Bush haters on here...why has Obama chosen NOT to disrupt virtually all the Bush policies that were so hated during the election?

    February 21, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Obama's ECONOMIC POLICIES are the REAL danger to this country. Of course now that Obama has encouraged the "arab spring", which is more like "radical Muslim uprising", the whole middle east is on fire. So how are you all liking the $4-5/gal. gas compliments of Obama????

    February 21, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. insight iowa

    LOL... pass the popcorn please.

    February 21, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
1 2 3 4