Gingrich's presidential advice: Raise money
May 27th, 2012
01:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich's presidential advice: Raise money

Washington (CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich offered Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley some advice Sunday on running for president.

"Raise a lot of money," Gingrich told the rising Democrat on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's the entry level problem. You've got to be prepared."

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Gingrich was greatly out-funded by his chief rival Mitt Romney during the GOP primary process and ended his campaign after a tumultuous road in early May.

The former House speaker described the trek as "tough," but said he has no regrets, despite some bruising months.

"Understand you'll spend two or three years on the road," Gingrich said. "This has been a brutal, tough process at least since 1800 … If you're not tough enough to get the presidency, you're not tough enough to be president."

If O'Malley, the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, needs any evidence of the obstacles, Gingrich suggested he talk to former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who decided against a 2008 White House bid.

"Mark Warner's a great guy to talk to because he went out, he looked at it a lot, and he came back and ran for the Senate," Gingrich said.

Warner, now a U.S. senator, announced in 2006 he would not seek the presidency, citing the personal toll a run would likely take on his family.

O'Malley, the two-term governor of Maryland and former mayor of Baltimore, is often floated as a potential Democratic presidential candidate for the future, talk he did little to quell on Sunday.

"I haven't even thought that far," O'Malley said on the same NBC program. "I'm focused on what I'm doing right now, which is doing everything in my power to help elect Democratic governors."

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Filed under: 2012 • 2016 • Martin O'Malley • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    A Man Defeated over MONEY !

    Romney chumped a chump !

    Newt embraces the Flip Flopper to pay off campaign deb.,

    May 27, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. RUinsane

    Every time I see Noot, I cannot help but think of the Sta-Puf marshmallow man from Ghostbusters. Bloated, threatening (thru his own misconstrued notions) and full of air.

    May 27, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. arale norimaki

    newt gingrich save the economic plan=Gingrich Ran Up Huge Debt Raised Little Money

    May 27, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I saw newterman on Meet the Press this morning with Governor O'Malley. He made the flip flopper look good with his lies but the best quote, once again, was to say that the bishop from Kola is a good organizer.
    I guess being an organizer is a good thing unless you are President Obama.

    May 27, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. emma

    Is it not terrific that the power in government goes to the highest bidder? It seems so mutually exclusive with the spirit of democracy.

    May 27, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. Marry

    Would be nice if the voter would be capable to read between the lines, and look for a candidate with smarts, ethics, class, intelligence, and the willingness to work for the whole of the county. A fine, convincing, realistic, and doable program and a Congress / Senate that would also support policies that benefit every single American without regards of his personal wealth or standing could also help to bring the country forward.
    But this would mean the need to be a willing to look beyond outlets like FOX and start thinking and to get informed. Sometimes one gets the impression that is asked to much of some American voters and others that just do not bother to do what would be so much needed, take a stand and go vote! So you might get “the best President money can buy”. In most cases that means GOP since money for themselves and their “friends” is what they are all about. And YOU are not among their friends if you part of the 99%!!!

    May 27, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Democrat hardly need advice from Newt. Newt's problem was more than just money – although the Koch brothers and the uber-rich bought and paid for Romney long ago and the others were just pretending to be candidates. Republicans keep the crazies fired up with "swift boat" lies and and the rich happy by protecting their financial interests. That's the secret to Republican politics.

    May 27, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    What a sad commentary on the level of intelligence in the GOP, when this advice is coming from the salamander, and he is considered the "smart one"!

    Raise money, who knew?

    May 27, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Deep in the Heart of Texass!

    "Understand you'll spend two or three years on the road," Gingrich said"

    Which can provide a marvelous cover to pay for your book tour.

    May 27, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  10. normajean @ verizon ,com

    These 'also rans' are knocking themselves out to get behind Romney and put down our president......they are wasting time and energy because we , THE VOTERS, are not deaf, dumb and blind.!!`...we are thinking people with brains and we can see right through this MC Connell plan to TAKE OBAMA DOWN at all costs.. AND IT ISN'T WORKING!!!!!!

    May 27, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |