Gingrich describes Obama as a national security risk
February 21st, 2012
10:11 AM ET
6 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."

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"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.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Oklahoma • President Obama • Terrorism
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    "Ask Osama Bin Laden or the other 22 out of 30 top Al Queda lieutenants do I believe in appeasement." – Pres. Obama

    That being said, Newt is desperate and will say and do anything to get the nomination. He should just give it up and back Santorum. If the conservatie goal is not to nominate a "Massachusetts moderate," then they should be ganging up on Willard.

    February 21, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. w l jones

    l Look like the third person in line of the office of the president left his post under pressure , sad but true. Said enough.

    February 21, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. king

    Ashy the repubs warmungering machine is at it again. They took office in the early 2000s and utterly destroyed our nation with their warmungering ways, they racked up bills on our future generations credit card and they are still itching for a fight. We need to only nominate folks who has been to war to lead us us, because these draft darting fools are out to destroy this country, as they spread rumors of war, against nations who are spiking oil prices in retaliation. When will these fools come up with a policy that is geared toward the American people and not to their million dollar lobbyist.

    February 21, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. LetsKickButt

    Really ? And this clown wants to be the Republican nominee ?
    I guess he suffers from tunnel vision, where he only sees the Republican nominee's chair, and will say anything to get there. Guess what ? Americans are a lot more mature and intelligent than you give them credit good-for-nothing person !

    February 21, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. enuff

    Next he will be wanting to put Obama on the "no fly" list. These guys will pander to any direction the wind blows. And I guess if you can't get people to accept your wacko policy ideas... use the Gwb\Cheney book of politics: try to scare the crap out of people for a vote.

    February 21, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Ozzie

    You just sound so silly, Newt. Please try to refrain from your lies and distortions in order to get people to vote for you. That's so unpatriotic – and so immoral.

    February 21, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    These are intentionally misleading remarks coming out of Gingrich. His "security risk" remark is really a complaint that Pres, Obama has not started a shooting war with Iran, and has indicated that that is not his a first option. For Gingrich, he has already indicated that a shooting war with Iran is his first option.

    Callling the President "anti-American" over a push for more fuel efficient vehicles is misleading the public, which I hope is transparent and crazy enough for them see through. I would think that rushing through approvals for a pipeline for the express benefit of an oil company is reckless and callous. It would not create as many jobs as Republicans claim. We currently purchase those resources at a discount because of the overhead to transport the resources to market, which is why the oil company wants the pipeline. The oil company wants to remove the need to discount the resources in order to attract buyers. The US currently purchases those resources at the discounted price, taking advantage of our reduced transportation costs. Once you remove the need to discount the price, the price we pay goes up, which raises energy costs in the US dramatically because most of our fossil energy comes from north of our northern border.

    February 21, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. Coigne

    They get funnier as they become more desperate.

    February 21, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. enuff

    Why is it hat wehn they can't come up with any thing else about Obama, the first thing these candidates do is start shouting "Obama" and "Muslim\Islam" together in the same breath. Santorum may not have said "muslim" but he certainly hinted at it, thinking people are too stupid to catch on to his "subliiminal" message.

    February 21, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. Ryder

    Is anyone listening to Gingrich these days? A push for more efficient cars is "outrageously anti-American?"

    February 21, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. ct

    blah blah give it up. U need to worry about getting nominated first...

    February 21, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Mike

    Newt your are a liar and a discrace to the people you claim to represent! You are a sell out that has made a living deviding people with fear and resentment, your biggest claim to fame is the list of words you issued to fellow republicans to use to prey on the weak. Well we are getting stonger a country Newt and it is time that you go away!

    February 21, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. A not-so-stupid former republican

    And Gingrich is not a flip-flopper? He was saying that the U.S. should stay out of middle eastern politics not too long ago; besides, the Newtster is a serious risk to the United States because he is a bomb throwing idiot.

    February 21, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. Bob

    Well, it IS newt gingrich, so we have to expect nothing but lies from the man.

    February 21, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Bob

    I much prefer President OBamas thoughtful approach to foriegn policy.

    Sure beats hell out of Mr Decider Man "going with his gut"......

    Obama 2012!

    February 21, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    This is Newt Gingrich talking, folks. Over the top, political hyperbole is his trademark. He thinks that he is the Howard Cosell of political spin, succinctly eloquent and insightfully brilliant. Someone needs to tell him what we really think.

    February 21, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt is ready for the happy farm. His moon colony should have given the right wingnuts the grounds to have him committed.

    February 21, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sen. McCarthy taught Newt well.

    February 21, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I do not remember a more un American group of republicans running for president.

    February 21, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Canuck

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

    Gingrich has also called Ron Paul – who advocates peace above all else – as dangerous to America.

    February 21, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  21. Grand Oil Party

    Man I wish I could be a fly on the wall during the exact moment when Gingrich realizes he won't ever be President of the United States. I bet you anything he throws a tantrum like a 6 year old girl.

    February 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    How does anyone respond to the rantings of an insane republican?

    February 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. jaywing

    Oh, come on Newt. if anything, YOU are a far greater danger to this country. In fact, if you want dangereous, just look at Santorum. Ricky wants to drag this country back to the 13th century and install the Christian equivelent of an Islamic theocracy on America, which will demean women, people of ethnicity and the poor, and turn a blind eye to the power of science, education and reason. Now that is scary. You, on the other hand, just sound whiney, mean and completely out of touch.

    February 21, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    And 11% of republicans support this idiot.

    February 21, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. 2cents4free

    LOL! I guess this is plan B.

    February 21, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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