August 27th, 2012
08:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Gingrich: Ron Paul won't embarrass son

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he expects delegate tension between the Ron Paul and Mitt Romney teams to lighten up this week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, especially considering that Paul's son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, was asked to speak at the convention.

"I think the Ron Paul people have said openly they are going to be supportive on the floor and do not expect problems," Gingrich said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien." "Plus, Rand Paul has played a role and does get a speech. It's unlikely that Ron Paul will want to embarrass his son in that kind of a setting."

soundoff (16 Responses)

    Rand Paul is an embarrasment to himself.

    August 27, 2012 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  2. Larry L

    Ron Paul's ideology is based on a libertarian past and an anarchistic vision of the future. He offers unsophisticated solutions to complex problems. He promises isolationism at a time when we must engage in global economies and highly complex societies. He chooses "small government" at a time when only robust governments can compete.

    The Koch brothers wanted to "buy" a candiate with no ideology and weak character – so the fat-cats could call the shots. They bought Romney and their money and Karl Rove's dishonesty is working to convince the undereducated and bigoted population to vote for him.

    August 27, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Pam LaBrake

    Gingrich go get another wife jeez.

    Ron Paul, his delegates and supporters are the most patriotic, respectful people you could ever meet. It was these wonderful people who have been attacked at the caucuses and conventions, not just physically but by the RNC and Romney's camp.
    Ron Paul is my ONLY choice for president. ONLY RON PAUL 2012 for liberty and freedom

    August 27, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Ellen

    Ugh, I just love the manipulative, passive-aggressive comments by Gingrich. "It's unlikely that Ron Paul will want to embarrass his son in that kind of a setting." How is it "embarrassing" his son if Ron Paul is able to utilize the vocal and loyal supporters he gathered through a year of hard work and campaigning, if it can change the Republican party's platform for the better?

    August 27, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. NotAnIdiot

    We all know that Rand Paul is a sell out. What an embarrassment to humanity. Decades of his fathers hard work AND ALL OF OUR HARD WORK and this embarrassment of a son is going to try to hijack the liberty movement.
    Case in point: Rand Paul votes in favor of Iran Sanctions.
    Millions of our dollars have gone into this campaign for liberty along with blood, sweat and tears. We will NEVER LET THIS DOWN.

    August 27, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out.

    August 27, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    no bother Mr Philanderer.......Rand does a good enough job on his own. He doesn't need daddys help

    August 27, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Vote for Seamus, elect Kolob's dog catcher

    All hail the eye of Newt, the Emperor has spoken.

    Whack jobs and wingnuts unite the GOP.
    Money is to be made beyond your richest dreams.

    August 27, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Marie MD

    If his son was my son I would disown him. Too late not to embarrass his father! Women being taken down by his goons!?

    August 27, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  10. Skepticist

    Gingrich only wishes the Ron Paul contingents will "be supportive". That's the farthest statement from the truth, and he knows it. Just putting on a face so the RNC doesn't look bad. They're all a bunch of corrupt cronies who are afraid of change and losing their jobs. They ALL need to go!

    August 27, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Bob

    Give the son a speaking gig.....brilliant. I know that would stop me from saying stuff they didn't want me to say.

    August 27, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    It's too late, Mr. Speaker. The fact that Rand Paul is speaking at all is an embarassment for the Republican Party.

    August 27, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. You Heard it worst on CNN

    Just to set the record straight, it was the Ron Paul delegates getting assaulted by the Romney and Santorum delegates during the state conventions not the other way around. Maybe one of these days we can get some truthful unbiased reporting so that the American public could be a little better informed.

    August 27, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. Mark in Seattle

    Rand Paul is an embarrassment himself without the help of his father.

    August 27, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Gurgyl

    .........but I did to this nation!!!!

    August 27, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. bob

    Brillant.....give the son the gig, dad will shut up.

    August 27, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |