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. Gonzo in Houston

    What she is, no kidding, is the the largest draw the GOP has. Newt could no more criticize Sarah than he could disagree with the Imperial Rush. The problem the GOP has now is that all their top draws are far out on the fringe and this permanent primary campaign prevents new people and ideas from emerging.

    Come 2012 the GOP will wind up running somebody who's as far to the right as Barry Goldwater was in '64. With similar results.

    April 10, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Livin' the good life

    PPS: "Truth", by the way you "blog", I think you should change your name to "oxymoron" due to your writing does not match your blog name...Beau Colby.

    April 10, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |

    Palin needs to step away and let real candidates talk. Like Glen Beck

    April 10, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. AK Steve

    Palin's importance lies in the fact that she is a great distraction from all topless bars, marital affairs, bathroom stall sex, etc that is so much a part of the Republican party.

    So why not put Palin in front of the camera, have her wink a lot and say catchy inflammatory rhetoric about the democrats. Doesn't matter if what she says isn't true, as long as it takes the focus off of the GOP's closet full of skeletons.

    April 10, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. paul

    Hey Newt, u had your day in the sun, and what did u do? u cheated on your wife, left congress, and now your left with complaining. go away and shut up.........

    April 10, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Glo

    Yeah Newt, we know you want some attention, but htiching your wagon to an idiot doesn't seem like a smart career move. Apparently you didn't notice that Palin never says anything of subtance, just hate, misinformation, and pathetically stupid cliches. Instead of trying to appeal to the witless lemmings who follow Palin, why don't you attempt leadership for all of the moderate Republicans (the REAL "real Americans"), who wonder what happened to intelligence and decency, not to mention ideas, within their party.

    April 10, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. sheku

    She is "attractive"...seriously? Is that the best quality you could find in a person whom you think best represents your party? What are you running a ho house?

    April 10, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Livin' the good life

    Does anyone know if the "Grand-Poobah" Rush Limpballs has arrived in Costa Rico yet? PLEAZE tell me it is SO! Beau Colby

    April 10, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. Gerry NH

    Funny about you Palin haters she is probably smarter than all of you put togeter. I would not vote for her and if it was Palin and Obama running for president I would not be casting a vote for either in 2012 I would just be voting to get the incumbents out of office in NH.

    April 10, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. MB

    Go Sarah! Isn't it most ironic that democrats despise Palin? No, she isn't Ivy-League "educated" through free scholarships. She actually had To WORK HER WAY through college, and eventually became governor soley based on self-determination. You'd think that liberals, of all people, would praise her for this. Instead, they show nothing but comtempt for a self-made woman who was extremely popular as Alaska Governor (polls anyone?) and took on the oil companies. By the way, she chose to deliver a handicapped child to the horror of the liberals who scream "equality for everyone". It takes compassion and courage to raise a handicapped baby, something that liberals have only lambasted her for. Mr. and Mrs. Palin are to be commended for raising a beautiful family, one that TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS. I say this country is in desperate need of more people like Mrs. Palin who have the guts to stand up for our individual rights and promote self-responsibility.

    April 10, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  11. Anne P. CA

    Yeah, right, we all know what ole Newt would like to do w/Palin! What a horney old geez....shame on him! Are these people for REAL? Get them out of politics...they're dangerous to this country and we don't need the distraction anymore. There's work to do!

    April 10, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. Texas Tim

    Yes, just what we need, "attractive" in the highest office of the country. Now that's quite a qualification if I ever heard one. She may be attractive, but when that mouth starts spewing....end of story! Nails on a chalkboard.....mindless shrill.

    April 10, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. dm nash

    the "SUPERSTAR" comment made me think maybe SNL can add a skit for their Mother's Day reunion show making use of both Tina Fey & Molly Shannon putting their hands in their armpits & smelling them – SUPERSTAR style! – lol

    April 10, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. Debby

    Palin is polarizing thats for sure and draws the crowds. I like and respect what she made of herself and rose above all the liberal criticizm. Bush was like this to, he didn't care what you said and never whined about it. Obama every little thing said about him he has to make this public statement and cry me a river.

    April 10, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  15. Colin

    There she goes again. Speaking out with respect to issues of which she apparently has little understanding, Sarah Palin's remarks regarding the latest START treaty awaiting ratification by the Senate demonstrates her lack of intellectual curiosity as she spews the kneejerk right-wing rhetoric that generally opposes arms control. It is the overwhelming military strength of the United States that allows it to take the lead among the world of nations and bring humankind to further reduction. Does Ms. Palin not understand that one ballistic missle submarine has the capacity to render the planet uninhabitable? Does she likewise not understand that in a post cold war strategic context that the current weapons of mass destruction threat is posed by rogue nations such as Iran and terrorist oganizations that are seeking to aquire a nuclear device? Futhermore does Sarah Palin not understand that arms reduction is as important component for the future security of The United States and the rest of the world? Sarah Palin is preparing herself for a run at the presidency. The thought of Ms. Palin's finger on the nuclear trigger is frightening at best.

    April 10, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Ron San Bruno, Ca

    I was amazed watching newt the other night and found that he was extremely lacking in good judgement, but that seems to be a qualitication nowadays to be a good and true conservative .The only thing sara is qualified for is a gun runner for the nra .

    April 10, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. Mike

    Perhaps he's courting her for, what is it, wife # 4 or 5????

    April 10, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  18. Edwin


    You are wrong - Pain IS important. You may not like her, but she is a very significant force for the GOP.

    Remember, the Bubonic Plague was an important influence of the Middle Ages in Europe. Important does not always equal good...

    April 10, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Dieter Zerressen

    40% find her attractive, blah, blah, blah. That means, even Gingrich agrees, 60% think she's an idiot, twit, ignorant, quitter, uneducated boob from the sticks of Alaska. What a ringing endorsement! Please, please, please put her on another Republican ticket: we liberals would love it. We don't fear her, sure we're all embarrassed by her and for her, but we don't fear her.

    April 10, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. FactCheck

    Over 10,000 people in the most liberal part of Minnesota to see two women in the GOP.

    Ha... nearly twice that attended a party throw for the cast of "Jersey Shore". Try harder.

    April 10, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. lulu

    "She's attractive, she's articulate, she has energy."
    Well, 2 out of 3 maybe.
    But, "articulate"??? NOT!

    April 10, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  22. Dieter Zerressen

    40% find her attractive, blah, blah, blah. That means, even Gingrich agrees, 60% think she's an idiot, twit, ignorant, quitter, uneducated boob from the sticks of Alaska. What a ringing endorsement! Please, please, please put her on another Republican ticket: we liberals would love it. We don't fear her, sure we're all embarrassed by her and for her, but we don't fear her. As for 10,000 people coming out to see her in MN, please, that many would show up to see a train wreck. I went to see Obama in Denver during the primaries – there were 125,000 people squeezed into Civic Center; there were millions at his inauguration, more than for any other President, ever! Palin? pathetic!

    April 10, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  23. kd

    palin is the dumbest thing to come along in the longest time. So sad. But worse, that makes her dangerous. Nothing worse that someone who's dangerous AND dumb.

    April 10, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Linda Feldman

    Newt Gingrich consistently offers bad information to suit whatever argument he wants to make. He's known as a bright man but not the kind of bright that wants to get his facts straight. Sarah Palin is fascinating as one of the few messianic women in American political history but what poll is Gingrich using to declare that 40% of the country thinks that she is articulate? If Gingrich is the brains of the Republican Party and Sarah Palin represents its courage and this were the 20th Century and not the 21st, maybe they would be taken seriously.

    April 10, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Kathy a Nurse

    Truth she wouldn't know the Truth if she tripped over it. Does the media have to report on her all the time. She annot connect most words together without getting mixed up.

    April 10, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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