Gingrich: Hillary Clinton to pursue 'left-wing ideas'
August 15th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
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Gingrich: Hillary Clinton to pursue 'left-wing ideas'

Boston (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is back to tangling with the Clintons.

In an interview with CNN, the former House speaker and presidential candidate accused Hillary Clinton of planning to pursue "left-wing ideas" in a series of upcoming speeches that may be setting the stage for her own White House run in 2016.

The former secretary of state announced her foray back into discussing the nation's pressing political issues at an address to the American Bar Association last Monday, a speech she used to sharply criticized voter ID laws recently passed by conservative governors.

"Anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention," Clinton told the audience.

Clinton said she would continue to comment on a range of topics. Her next speech will cover "transparency" in national security polices at an event in Philadelphia next month.

Asked whether Republicans could defeat Clinton in 2016, Gingrich launched into an attack on the former secretary's upcoming speeches.

"First of all Hillary Clinton may beat Hillary Clinton," Gingrich told CNN Wednesday afternoon at a Republican National Committee summer strategy session in Boston.

"If she runs around the country and adopts a series of left-wing ideas in order to preempt the primaries, she may isolate herself so much from the average American that she defeats herself," he added.

A Clinton spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on Gingrich's remarks.

Gingrich, who will soon debut as a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire," grabbed the GOP's attention earlier Wednesday when he accused the party of having "zero" ideas for replacing the nation's new health care law.

The former speaker said his comments were aimed at getting the party and its consultants out of "the habit of attacking, attacking, attacking."

"In the long run that doesn't get you to govern," Gingrich told CNN. "To govern, people have to decide that they want your ideas, your solutions."

As for Clinton, Gingrich said he once saw the former Secretary as "unbeatable" in 2008. Her upcoming speeches, Gingrich added, has changed that assessment.

"I'm not going to come out and say she's unbeatable this time. Because in fact I think we have clear proof that secretary, Senator Clinton is quite capable of losing if she stays in the field long enough," Gingrich said.


Filed under: Crossfire • Hillary Clinton • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    What's wrong with left wing ideas? It sure beats the policies of hate of the fringe right.

    August 15, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Silence DoGood

    "Hillary Clinton ...planning to pursue "left-wing ideas" "

    Good heavens I hope so. We need her experience in world affairs and maybe she can pick up a few of the liberal ideas that were recently dropped.

    August 15, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Borderless

    Um, ya, she is kind of liberal, Newt.

    August 15, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Malory Archer

    Yeah, and the rightwing would pursue 'rightwing ideas' in the unlikely event they ever retake the WH. What's you point?

    August 15, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. Gurgy

    Straight question to this dude, what did right wing ideas do to help American Middle-class, and USA? Nothing except throwing innocent, poor to Wars, not giving them education. Know they went to war sheer on financial want to them and their families. Not speculating their demise in that war.

    August 15, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. rs

    What? Like whoever the Republicans pick won't pursue "Right-Wing" ideas?

    August 15, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Pandamonius

    "If she runs around the country and adopts a series of left-wing ideas in order to preempt the primaries, she may isolate herself so much from the average American that she defeats herself,"

    Typical. Gingrich recognizes that pandering to the base will cost you in the generals, but thinks it only applies to the democrats.

    August 15, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. TomInRochNY

    She might lose. But, not to you, Newt.

    August 15, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  9. anonoymous

    Newt why dont you and silly sarah just go away. Im kinda tired of you both thinking we care what you think.

    August 15, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. rs

    What Mr. Gingrich might be afraid to really annunciate is the fact America is rejecting the (radical) Right-Wing message of today's GOP- he even called it "Right-wing social engineering". Clearly the GOP cannot win on hearts and minds issues, nor on reputation or accoplishment. They can win by gerrymandering and voter suppression however. The bankruptsy of a lack of ideas truly demonstrated.

    August 15, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Hillary will be a continuation of the Obama agenda. Count on that.

    August 15, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  12. Data Driven

    And Rand Paul will continue to pursue elaborately curled toupees.

    At least CNN is quoting CNN pundits, rather than Fox pundits, these days.

    August 15, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. Jack

    As if anybody takes bombastic and bogus low-hanging Newt seriously.

    August 15, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Gingrich, who will soon debut as a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire, The man has to pay off his Tiffany's bill !

    Nobody says socialist radical left wing agenda better then Newt , but can he say it three times real fast ?

    August 15, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    rs

    What? Like whoever the Republicans pick won't pursue "Right-Wing" ideas?
    ---------–

    of course! Strict Christian based ideology, no regulation, tax cuts galore (to benefit the rich), no healthcare for a large portion of te population, no safety nets for poor and elderly, no environmental control, and wars coming out the wazoo! this is Newt's fantasy-land

    August 15, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "To govern, people have to decide that they want your ideas, your solutions."

    Well, Mr. Gingrich ... let me know when GOPerville gets beyond petty name calling and actually decides to offer platform solutions beyond the current "hell no" portfolios they've been carrying for 5 years now. At this point ANYTHING is better than the Grand Old Party misfits calling themselves adults.

    August 15, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Pander Bear

    Most of her "left wing" ideas are actually politically centric. It's just hat the "right wing" has moved so far to the right that you can barely see the center any more.

    August 15, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Right wing ideas include unfunded wars, tax cuts for the wealthy with no way to offset the loss of revenue, unfunded drug programs, and the continual attack on women, poor, minorities, elderly, veterans. That with their unlimited spending make for a third economic crisis(1929, Bush deep recession, etc.)

    August 15, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Al-NY,NY
    rs

    What? Like whoever the Republicans pick won't pursue "Right-Wing" ideas?
    ---–

    of course! Strict Christian based ideology, no regulation, tax cuts galore (to benefit the rich), no healthcare for a large portion of te population, no safety nets for poor and elderly, no environmental control, and wars coming out the wazoo! this is Newt's fantasy-land

    A major of the Pubs is that the "Strict Christian based..." is the anthesis of most of the other points mentioned. How their supporters justify this is hard to fathom.

    August 15, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Tom

    Oh, the horror! Left-wing ideas!!!!! At least the "left-wing" have some ideas. All the Republicans have is cut taxes for the wealthy and repeal Obamacare. The Republicans seem stuck on pandering to their traditional base with the usual hatespeak, phony outrages and code words. Unfortunately the traditional Republican base, even if they turn out en masse, can't win a national election. Unless the Republicans find a way to attract more voters to their side, they're going to keep losing. How many election cycles have to pass before they figure that out?

    August 15, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. emskadittle

    her ideas will seem pretty reasonable compared to the teaparty candidate the republicans will come up with

    August 15, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Jules

    Beat Hillary in 2016? Then Newt better be urging the GOP to steer clear of Rand, Cruz and Rubio.

    August 15, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. nintex

    "Hillary will be a continuation of the Obama agenda. Count on that."

    I, and many Americans, certainly hope so.

    August 15, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. kirk

    Ricky, gosh I should hope so. The failed policies have brought us out of a gop engineered depression. Your one sad sob.you need help few could provide my man. I wonder what the world really looks like through your eyez

    August 15, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. lolo

    The Republicans are so scared of Hillary they are just talking out the sides of their necks. This is not news. Newt must need more money, so he is out on the talking circuit again. Please God make these crazy people shut up and go away.

    August 15, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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