February 18th, 2014
12:51 PM ET
9 months ago

Newt Gingrich to John Kerry: Resign

Updated 6:44 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is amplifying his call for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over his comments that climate change represents the biggest challenge “of our generation.”

"I think it's very troubling that our secretary of state … believes that climate change is a greater danger than a nuclear war," Gingrich said Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

The CNN Crossfire co-host and former House speaker took to Twitter on Monday night, writing that "Every American who cares about national security must.demand Kerrey's (sic) resignation.A delusional secretary of state is dangerous to our safety."

Gingrich said he was “quite prepared to defend the argument that nuclear war is a far bigger threat to our society than is climate change.”

On Sunday, Kerry delivered one of the strongest speeches on climate change by any American official while visiting Indonesia, which has lost more than 40% of its tropical forests that store carbon absorbed from the atmosphere.

Kerry said "climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction." He also called it "the greatest challenge of our generation."

Gingrich added in his CNN interview that Kerry was not a senator just giving “some wild speech to please the left,” noting that the top U.S. diplomat should be held to a "higher level of seriousness."

CNN has reached out to the State Department for reaction to Gingrich's comments.


Filed under: climate change • John Kerry • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. David in Houston

    Wait. Didn't the newt think climate change was a big enough problem to build a moon colony?

    February 18, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Short-term economics trumps everything for the conservatives, along with a vaguely-defined nationalist theme of being told what to do, even when they have led the charge for trade agreements which, by their nature, are international. The two are used constantly to thwart innovation of any kind because they fear short-term economic loss more than the world they could be creating generations down the road. Even if the climate change science is wrong ( which is doubtful) everything that has been discussed, like curbing emmission and improving effieciency, can only have positive developments for us down the road.

    February 18, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. DavidMKE

    Frankly, I normally watch CNN, but not when Newt is on the air. His comments are self serving bloviating...I move on to MSNBC.

    February 18, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. brown

    Keep your shorts on ... a big war is brewing and will straighten out everything for the next 100 years.

    February 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  5. Fire Gingrich

    Hey CNN, how about you fire Gingrich? He's the delusional one.

    February 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  6. Bessy

    John Kerry is correct and it is about time that the people who deny global warming wake up. Gingrich is just another Republican trying to keep his name out there when they are way pass the time of people caring about who they are.

    February 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. rs

    sqeptiq

    If Climate change deniers are correct, we lose a small number of jobs; if they are wrong, we lose the planet as we know it and unleash who knows what world-wide chaos. Looks like the potential loss from denial far outweighs the potential gain.
    _________________________
    Classic business oriented outlook- the bottom line in the short-term is 30 days and 90 in the long-term.

    February 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Jeff6187

    The day my memory of New solidified forever was when after all the work he put into crucifying Bill Clinton for infidelity and we find out that Newt has been just as slutty behind his own wife's back. Let's all chip in and get him a T-shirt that says "HYPOCRITE". BTW ... he's at it again in this article.

    February 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. tekstep1

    Hey Newt, remember TRADOC? Or the 1-800 scandal? You should have resigned back in 1992.

    February 18, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. kim

    why does this guy keep surfacing?

    February 18, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Silence DoGood

    @sqeptiq
    If Climate change deniers are correct, we lose a small number of jobs; if they are wrong, we lose the planet as we know it and unleash who knows what world-wide chaos. Looks like the potential loss from denial far outweighs the potential gain.
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    Excellent point. Even though most scientists think global warming is real, the deniers will keep adhering to make-up science. But most important as you point out is the complete lack of appreciation of impact of a wrong decision. Even if scientists were split, which they are not, we would need to take this seriously.

    February 18, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. BobZemko

    For a moment there, I had to try and remember who Newt was.

    February 18, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Ben

    I wish Newt would stop being Sheldon Adelson's mouthpiece.

    February 18, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  14. DMR

    World to Newt Gingrich .... give up! Who are you? What are you? What elected position do you hold? Newt you speak for no one, you represent no one, it is time that you are put out to pasture, you represent everything that is wrong with politics of today! We could talk about your political past and why it is a past.

    February 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Newt Rocks

    Newt is awesome, but I hope even he can't expect John Kerry will resign mere months after taking over from Clinton...

    February 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Theodore Cleaver

    "...2012 GOP presidential candidate described Kerry as "delusional"

    Newt – 2012 presidential candidate – now that's Delusional!

    February 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Carl Kaminer

    Not a huge fan of Gingrich but he's right.

    February 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Ralph

    Newt is like all the other Republican garbage in this country. All they worry about is making as money as possible and tell whatever lie it takes to get what they want. Personal gain and world conquest is the only thing they love.

    February 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  19. Texas Holdem49

    Interesting that the President declared Global warming ian epedemic in the last 5 out of 6 years we have had warmner weather and is causing droughts and fires, oh my. I would like to see the data on this year with the extreme cold, is that global warming as well. I am beginning to believe that every time the Left is privy to a tornado or hurricane that it must be global warming because none of this existed 20,000 year ago, or there was not a drought in the past 100 years or wild fires never existed prior to 2008. Anything the left can do to take your money is there only agenda. I hardly doubt that mankind will be extinct from global warming in the next 10,000 years. Mankind will not survive in the next 1000 with the way they are over populating the planet and consuming the natural resources. The true issue is not that the planet is getting warmer, it is that mankind is consuming itself to death, How about we look at the strategic removal of mankind from the planet, that will surely fix a lot of problems and we can start with the the people that add no value to society. I think Logan's Run had the right concept.

    February 18, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. windandclouds

    How sad that Fig Newton can't face reality. Some people will have to witness absolute doom before they realize big business needs to put their funds into controlling emissions and cleaning up the earth instead of putting funds in their own pockets

    February 18, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Oh No

    Sound off like a nut and you're back in the spotlight! They are so hungry for any news, they publish any crap. Why can't the Newt just face it. He lost – give it up. Go away!

    February 18, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. HolyMoley

    OK, I might agree that a little of our polution has an effect on global warming but I think most of it is normal as it's occurred in the past. Was it the dinosaurs fault? It all comes down to making money and using this as an excuse. So, you think water will be more valuable that oil? Then bottle up and store some. That is ridiculous! Newt has a point!

    February 18, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Sergio

    I dislike Newt, but on this one, I support him 100%, Kerry is truly a very moronic Sec of State, just as useless as Hillary Clinton who allowed 4 Americans to get murdered in Benghazi and this administration has done NOTHING about bringing to justice the people who did it, even though they've got video of the perpetrators... Obama and his buddies are zeros to the left of the decimal period.

    February 18, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Scott

    "Short-term economics"? With such a long-term view, why don't you support trimming the national debt a bit? And before you cite some statistics comparing Obama and Bush, realize that I think they're both equally inadequate as presidents.

    February 18, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. navaJohn

    Newt, you have a lot of nerve. Do you know that YOU are the reason I left the Republican party? Nice job there.

    February 18, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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