April 10th, 2010
05:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich says Palin 'tremendously important'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/09/art.gingrich.srlc2.cnn.jpg caption="Gingrich is touting Sarah Palin's role in the Republican Party."](CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, still considered among the most influential members of the Republican Party, is touting Sarah Palin's impact on the GOP and her future in the party.

"Sarah Palin is tremendously important right now, I mean for maybe 40 percent of the country, she personifies courage, clarity," Gingrich told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Both Gingrich and Palin were among the event's featured speakers.

"She's attractive, she's articulate, she has energy," Gingrich continued in the interview set to air Sunday on CNN's State of The Union. "Watch the size of her crowds…And I think whether that translates into something bigger later or whether she's just a very significant person for the rest of her life, she is a real player, nobody should underestimate her."

Gingrich also said Palin's prominence in the Republican Party will continue, regardless of whether she decides to mount a presidential bid in 2012.

"I think she has the potential to fill a niche for a very long time, particularly in an age of cable television and talk radio when you can build your particular market and your audience, and they can love you and come to your meetings and do things with you, and she's done, I think the last couple months she's been very impressive," he said.

But, should Palin decide to launch a presidential campaign, would she be a formidable opponent against President Obama?

"Well, if my choice was Sarah Palin or Barack Obama, I'd rather have Sarah Palin," said Gingrich.

soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Canadian licing amongst u

    "Sarah Palin is tremendously important right now, I mean for maybe 40 percent of the country, she personifies courage, clarity,"
    Man, no wonder the country is going to he-double hockey sticks in a hand-basket, if 40% of the country believes the BS that she spouts.

    She is a shameless person whose actions betray her words, and her words betray her intelligence. But then again, I wouldn't sell my soul to the dev!l just to save some tax money like the right-wing of this country.

    Palin talks a lot of Christiani.ty, but it is obvious to anyone with a functioning brain that she and others like her worship the dollar as their g.od.

    April 10, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. Scott

    Newt and Sarah got only 18% each from their own Republican Party! Their own party seems to know how unimportant they are to their Party!
    "by their fruit, you will know them!"

    April 10, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Jack Fl

    Politics makes strange bedfellows

    April 10, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Canadian living amongst u

    Mark April 10th, 2010 3:57 pm ET

    Palin is a SUPERSTAR who speaks TRUTH AND HONESTY. Liberals fear her, and for that reason, I like her more and more...

    LMFAO!!! – There are so many things wrong with this statement I don't know where to start.

    But I will say, whatever your smoking, it's blown your brain.

    PS I am an expert on American policy, I can see the US from my porch

    April 10, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  5. Steve

    Newt, like the rest of the Rebublicans want to get into her panties so bad that they willsay anything. Unfortunately, with her in them, there isn't room for anyone else.

    April 10, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Kathy

    Looks like Newt has found wife #4 or is it #5??? )eah a woman who was knocked up before she was married & pushes for abstinence only sex ed & a man who has screwed more campaign staffers than he can count!!! (Hats family values!!!!

    April 10, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Kathy

    Looks like Newt has found wife #4 or is it #5??? )eah a woman who was knocked up before she was married & pushes for abstinence only sex ed & a man who has screwed more campaign staffers than he can count!!! Thats family values!!!!

    April 10, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  8. Sarahsnutz

    And Romney wins the straw poll ... That's funny a straw poll for straw men...Good luck Romney arguing President Obama's Health Care Bill... so much like yours in Mass.

    April 10, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It takes one over-the-edge fruitcake to recognize another!!

    April 10, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  10. Barbara

    Yay... I knew it... The Republicans are bi-polar. They scream to repeal the Health Care Reform bill... and Romney wins the poll... – Makes as much sense as the rest of their comedy.

    April 10, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  11. David

    Ha ha! The real question is, whose worse for their party–Palin or Obama?

    April 10, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. laura from Ontario

    Attractive and articulate. Is he listening to a different person than the rest of the world. Who knew attractive is the first qualification to be a leader.

    I would have thought intelligence would but up there but apparently not.

    April 10, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  13. Sarah the baby seal basher

    Mute the Newt.He doesnt stand a chance.I laugh at the Morons that think we fear Sarah.Enjoy your 8 years in the wilderness repucks.

    April 10, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. Danny Cali

    Newt, Sarah didn't know what's NAFTA mean so what about you? Every time your part keep sing same old song so what is the next song please?

    April 10, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  15. Bessy

    Articulate !!!!!

    April 10, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  16. Baffling

    Is this the Newt who was elected to the House, a month later was voted out as Speaker, and then stiffed his own district by quitting.
    He says a lot for has beens and never wases... His opinion of Palin. Hmmmm just TWO QUITTERS sticking up for each other.

    April 10, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. moosehead

    The desperation of the GOP,... touting Palin and Bachman as their superstars. Those two are a couple of hollow, clueless, overrated, county politicians,.. who would have trouble holding their own in municipal politics. Bring them on,... i'd love to see Obama chew them up and shred them on the national scene.

    April 10, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. Eli

    Saying that Sarah Palin is articulate is like saying that Tiger Woods is a faithful husband. Nice try and thanks for playing Newt.

    April 10, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  19. Beauty

    Everybody agrees that she is beautiful.....she really is but nothing else. I wish she can be smart and knowledgeable with positive attitude........then a lot of people will really like her. She limited herself to the foul mouthers who have nothing good to say about this country. SHAME

    April 10, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  20. Ed FL

    Based onNewt [who needs to be NEUTERED] any female that[ he is not married to ]is a challenge for him. His biggest problem is getting his present wife/wifes sick and into a hospital so they have a hard time trying to keep him in line with his latest choice for Hanky Panky. Can you imagine pitiful Palin and naughty Newt trying to outdo one another with their endless Rhetoric and babbling. Newt wouldn't have time to try or his age to handle another tryst. Newt you and John Mccain were ment for each other. Continual yapping without any sense. Go play Bingo after he gets his but kicked out of the Senate.

    April 10, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. Jin

    And for the 60% rest of us she represents stupidity, banality, mediocrity, self promotion, lack of education, and a quitter of her only job beyond the village of Wasilla. Please tell me that the Newt is selling a backhanded dismissal.

    April 10, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  22. ran

    Yes she is in helping the true Democrats and Independents win in 2010/2012. So keep here front and center.

    April 10, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  23. Jacques

    Tremendously important? You bet she is - to Democrats! I say, bring her on! The notion of that dumb Caribou Barbie airhead trailer-trash hick being in the Oval Office scared the daylights out of so many sensible voters that she single-handedly deep-sixed any remote chance McCain would have had.

    April 10, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. Geckoman

    She's a flash in the pan. She'll be gone by Christmas

    April 10, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  25. Robrob

    Palin/Gingrich 2012!!!!

    (Oh please, please, please!)

    April 10, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
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