February 24th, 2012
09:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich ridicules Obama over bailouts, energy plan, Afghanistan

(CNN) - On the campaign trail, Newt Gingrich profusely criticizes the bailout of two American automakers, but the candidate admitted in an interview Friday that the program did achieve a measure of success.

"The reality is that the bailout has worked to some extent," Gingrich told CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," before transitioning to his criticism of the program, which began under President George W. Bush and continued under President Barack Obama. "It's also left the union dramatically stronger than it would have been. It has shifted the balance of power inside the companies decisively.

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In the interview, which also addressed foreign policy and energy issues, Gingrich made his argument that the bailout was "a very bad example of the Obama administration intervening to pick winners and losers."

Gingrich also hammered the president on his energy policy, arguing that the White House ought to advance the proposed Keystone oil pipeline, expand drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and open parts of protected Alaska land for drilling.

"The president is a left wing radical who appointed a 'secretary of anti-energy,'" Gingrich said, referring to Obama's energy secretary Steven Chu.

"I think we have a deep strategic interest in becoming once again the largest oil producer in the world, and my guess is that we could be the largest oil producer before the end of this decade," said Gingrich, who has claimed that his energy policy would lead to gas prices of approximately $2.50.

Gingrich described the president's Thursday speech on energy policy - in which he proposed developing a broad range of energy resources, including gas, nuclear, oil, solar, wind and algae - as a comedy routine.

"I think bio fuels are important," Gingrich said. "I've supported bio fuels. I think in the long run algae's important. But the idea that he thinks drilling won't work so he's advocating algae? I mean it really is very close to a Saturday Night Live skit."

He continued his criticism of Obama for apologizing after NATO soliders in Afghanistan burned religious materials, including Qurans. U.S. officials said the materials contained "extremist inscriptions."

"I'm not defending burning the Qurans, although the circumstances in which they were being used would strike me as in itself having been blasphemous, because as I understand it, they were being used as part of a process of passing out messages from people who were imprisoned," Gingrich said.

"And you have a lot of young men and women out there doing the best they can, and there's an unfortunate tendency in this administration to always assume that it's the Americans who made mistakes, the Americans who need to be apologized for and I'm pretty unrepentant on this," he continued.

Gingrich said the Afghan government should apologize for a recent incident where an assailant wearing an Afghan military uniform killed two U.S. soldiers and wounded four.

"I'm tired of our young men and women being ambushed, bombed, shot, and then we're being told we have to be sensitive," he said. "Well, I think the other side ought to be a little sensitive, too."

Gingrich had suggested Thursday that if the Afghan president does not apologize, the United States should withdraw from the country.

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  1. Dee

    Gingrich should be ashamed of himself you do not disrespect the Commander-in-chief especially when our service men are at war in another country giving their lives for us. How stupid and ignorant all of these GOP candidates are all they are interested in is the election no matter the cost.

    They don't have a clue what is happening with National Security behind closed doors in Washington this rhetoric needs to stop. Thank God they are not running this country the President should apologize to try to diffuse the situation in the burning of the Quaran, it is the right thing to do.

    These people are jerks and I hope the American people are smarter than they are.

    February 24, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  2. MikeH

    Gingrinch can spew all the pathological lies he wants, knowning that CNN will print them all without question or critical analysis.

    Back in the day, responsible journalism would at least screen out the outrageous and obvious lies, or at least call them into question in the same sentence. Not any more on CNN apparently.

    February 24, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    I'm speechless. I cannot believe this ignoramus is still in the race. Maybe if we all ignore him he will go away.

    February 24, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. Larry L

    I get iritated to see Gingrich"s name in the same sentence as President Obama's. This pasty-faced, tubby little horn-dog who was discraced by the House of Representatives isn't fit to clean the President"s toilet.

    February 24, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Core Republican Values

    Its wonderful to see Newt bury himself deeper and deeper in a sea filthy, ridiculous hyperbole.

    Newt isn't worthy of shining Obama shoes.

    February 24, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Core Republican Values

    No one, not Jon Stewart, Steve Colbert, or even Callista make Newt look more stupid than Newt.

    There is a rumor going around that Newt's primary super pac contributor is actually a Democrat who want to keep Newt in the race so he will do more damage to the party. Its working.

    February 24, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Jaywing

    Is it just me or are others finding that the more Newt talks the more he resembles Jaba the Hutt, not only in disposition but physically? Surely this is just a coincidence. Surely. Then, again...

    February 24, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. Jerry

    I keep hoping that one of the four will decide that their best path to the nomination is to be straight with all the american people...not just pandering to the tea party people. If one of them did that, well...who knows...their might be a Presidential race after all..

    February 24, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. roro

    Nothing but vomit spewing from his arrogant, hypocritical, lying mouth.

    February 24, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Gingrich ridicules Obama over bailouts, energy plan, Afghanistan◄
    That's right ginGRINCH, at 7% and on the bottom of the candidate-pool, yea; you're really "the MAN"
    Blah, blah, blah – the "know-it-all" arrogance keeps going and the motor-mouth NEVER stops
    Oh I just can wait for that day when ginGRINCH ends it all and out of the race he drops!!

    Obama 2012!!

    February 24, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. MaryM

    You are done Newt. All the money in the world will not get you elected.

    February 24, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  12. logicnLA

    Once again- our refineries shipped more than half of their supplies out of the country in December. We do not have a shortage, just greed. They can blame Iran, but the bottom line is our oil companies are greedy and our demand is down, so they want their same profits as in the past. That means if you sell less, you sell it for more.
    If newt want 2.50 gas- he would need to have the government nationalize the oil companies.

    February 25, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  13. Thomas

    "The president is a left wing radical who appointed a 'secretary of anti-energy,'" Gingrich said, referring to Obama's energy secretary Steven Chu.

    Newt knows everything , he was born to be King.

    February 25, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  14. Sage Sophos

    Well Mr. Gingrich who are you? A rightwing social engineering radical?

    February 25, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  15. dan5404

    Gingrich needs to attack Romney and Santorum otherwise, he's not going anywhere. Besides, the majority knows most of what he says about Obama is hot-air campaign rhetoric.

    February 25, 2012 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  16. Seattle Voter

    Gingrich should just stay at home because he will never become a US President. NO FAMILY VALUE! When HIS CURRENT WIFE GROWS OLD HE WILL DIVORCE HER AS WELL.

    February 25, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  17. ThinkAgain

    When describing the four remaining GOP candidates, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" described them best: Three Men and a White-Haired Man-Baby.

    February 25, 2012 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  18. Creed

    Newt you sound like a politician. You can't say something work but didn't really whenever one can see plainly it did has it was intended. American car companies are recovering and peoples jobs are becoming more stable. I'm sorry that makes you really upset. Maybe the Unions are a little stronger for now but it will work its self out. However, because your rich and you and the rest of the candidates were not taking a beating like the rest of us after Bush got done digging this big mess were in I would not expect you to understand the common man, wanting to work and feed his family. After all you don't think we shouldn't fund education but have all our kids work as janitors instead of teaching them how to study. Also Newt I bet you didn't know this but Bush put us in these wars we were in and the main objective was to go after Ben Ladden not to liberate Afghanistan. Well Bin Ladden is dead and anything else is a Bush issue and not a serious threat to national security since were almost went broke fighting two wars. What they do there is really their problem in Afghanistan not totally ours. I think it would be best to manage that mess from afar instead of getting Americans killed for something that does not concern them. Pick another issue but don't make a fight on a point that you can't win and only makes you sound, well as dull as you really seem to be.

    February 25, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  19. skarphace

    Gingrich "has claimed that his energy policy would lead to gas prices of approximately $2.50."

    So what? Bachmann once claimed that she could get gas prices to under $2 within a week of her taking office. So if we are talking about who can tell taller tales then whom, you lose again, Newt.

    February 25, 2012 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  20. Tommy Mack

    Hmm, Obama saved the auto-industry, used Afghanistan's forward operating bases to kill Osama Bin Laden while pulling us out of that hellhole, and doesn't think doubling down on dwindling fossil fuels is a smart policy for the future... ok, Newt.... you're right in being an absolute dolt.

    February 25, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  21. ufadoof

    The rhetoric from these candidates? is dangerous and offensive. It's a sad day for the republican party when Ron Paul sounds like the adult in the room. His "consistent" ideology is consistently bat doo doo crazy on about 50% of his stances. Vote republican? No thanks.

    February 25, 2012 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  22. No thank you...

    My family and I, last count...30..legal voting age...Black and Native American ...no warrants..HARD WORKING...AIN'T on welfare or food stamps...Just some good folks....are voting for President Obama! He's sincere honest kind caring handsome...some of his negatives...we could just go on and on... Please Believe....OBAMA2012

    February 25, 2012 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  23. s

    FAT WESEAL we don' care what you think

    February 25, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Here is a idea folks- Lets boycott the largest oil company in America EXXON MOBIL and let’s see if they figure out how to drop the prices. Give them 6months of no cash and they will DROP the gas! Find another gas station but take down the number one big kid in the yard and respect follows.

    February 25, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  25. gasaction

    Here is a idea folks- Lets boycott the largest oil company in America EXXON MOBIL and let’s see if they figure out how to drop the prices. Give them 6months of no cash and they will DROP the gas! Find another gas station but take down the number one big kid in the yard and respect follows.

    February 25, 2012 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
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