August 30th, 2010
04:32 PM ET
13 years ago

Coburn: Gingrich the last person I'd vote for

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sen. Tom Coburn had some harsh words on Friday for former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich."](CNN) – Newt Gingrich's camp refused to respond Monday to some sharp words spoken by fellow Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, just days after the Oklahoma senator said Gingrich is the "last person I'd vote for" during a town hall meeting.

"I'm not going to respond to that," Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN.

Coburn ripped GOP heavyweight Newt Gingrich on Friday and took a shot at the possible 2012 contender's politics and his personal life.

"[Gingrich is] a super-smart man," Coburn said at a town hall meeting in Wagoner, Oklahoma, but added, "he's the last person I'd vote for president of the United States."

"His life indicates he does not have a commitment to the character traits necessary to be a great president," Coburn said.

The comments were first reported by Tulsa World, and Coburn's Senate office confirmed their accuracy to CNN.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Tom Coburn
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. John

    Good job Coburn. I'm going to let you in on a little strategic hint here, you insult the opposition party, not, I repeat, not, your own. You are correct, Newt is a very smart man. He is clearly smarter than you. Keep your mouth shut and let the libs keep tearing themselves apart.

    August 30, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Lenny Pincus

    "Why not Newt?" What a ringing battlecry to lead America into the future!! Gosh, remove Newt's name from that barnburner and you have Alfred E. Newman's pearls of wisdom.

    August 30, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Buster Bloodvessel

    Eric, you really can't do any better than name-calling? Why not fling poo like the other apes? Come on, every politician has aliases; how about Curious George, Dubya, GHWB, Worst President Ever, or how about Lord Cheney, Emperor of the Dark? And I know you hate community organizers because of what she did to your party, but a lot of people beside Palin are community organizers, so settle down.

    August 30, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Boytjie

    "the extreme left wing Elites that are so contemptuous of the American people."

    The Republicans only take care of the very Americans, you know, the monied elite.

    August 30, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. george from alaska

    newt is the archetype of the "white flight" politcal strategy. he got his start by placing himself in a spot where demographics showed a fleeing of white folks out of atlanta to the suburbs would give him an eventual base. beck is doing the same thing (except through the media) and amplifying it with the frustration ignorant "white trashy" wasps have of having a black man as prez. the mere fact that they have ms. tanning booth designer shopping spree snake mama as a figurehead is proof of their retardation. come on, it's not hard to get a large crowd of white fruitcakes to show up in the dc area to protest uncle tom. if they had a real base there would have been a groundswell. There wasn't one...not even close.

    August 30, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. DJ in TX

    Hey Valwayne – what is the GOP plan? Whenever someone asks the leadership what their plan is, answer. Mitch McConnell was asked, if they Bush tax cuts were renewed, how are they paid for? He never answered directly. I'm for tax cuts, but they ADD to the deficit just like it did when they were enacted by Bush. The GOP did NOT pay the tax cuts. The new Medicare law the enacted was NOT paid for.

    If Newt would just stick to the issues and not use inflammotory rhetoric like comparing the Mosque to Nazi-ism, he might makes sense. A lot of republicans don't think the things Newt has been saying is helpful to their cause. Just stick to the issue, leave the rhetoric at home, then maybe, just maybe, someone will listen to him.

    I ask again, what is the GOP plan for the economy besides tax cuts? They can't tell you what program would get cut or reduced. I bet you not one, not a single congressman (Dem or GOP) would vote on ANY cut that would result in job losses for their state. Care to bet...................

    August 30, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Phillin

    If you wanted average Eric look the other way, George Bush was below average and Palin way below average. Vote republican and you will get average or below average, Vote Democrat and at least you will get above average

    August 30, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. concerned

    Finally you said some thing that sounds some what correct but lets reverse this i think few people out of Oklahoma would vote for you.

    August 30, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  9. kyle from ohio

    Now if a REpublican would go on Chris Matthew show and denounce Limbaugh, He has been counting the Days.

    August 30, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. Squiggs

    Gingrich is of the lowest morality of any politician on the national stage. And thats saying a lot. He is a hypocrit of the highest order. He is disloyal, untrustworthy and cowardly. The only thing he has going for him is that he has no shame and no heart which means that he can look a legless man in the face and promise him that in 2 days he'll have him walking. This guy is the lowest form of sludge at the bottom of a cesspool thats been sitting in the sun for 6 months.

    August 30, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. kyle from ohio

    Why not you Eric; For President since you know what right and wrong i'm sure you think you are smarter than an average panhandler

    August 30, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. hillcrester

    Palin/Gingrich would be a dream ticket: The Beauty and the Beast. Between them they have average IQ and knowledge. What this country needs is more average folks running things the way things were in the 19th century. For my surgery, I'm going to have my barber do it when he cuts my hair.

    August 30, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Bob Dog

    Can there be anything more delightful than watching two cheap, self-serving, hypocrite repubs ripping each other to shreds?

    Best of all, this entertainment is completely free!

    "Run, Newt, Run!!"

    August 30, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Mike NC

    What a bunch of leftist fools! Who cares about Sarah Palin. She won't soil her hands with a run for president. She's making way too much money being something Barack is good at. COMUNITY ADJUTATING on a national scale. The more you kvetch about her, the more popular she gets's so...STOP IT FOOLS!

    August 30, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Sherry

    President Obama has more education and more money than you idiots will ever have!!! Get off your fat butts and get a job, PLEASE!!!God Bless President Obama and his family!

    August 30, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Otto

    Thanks CNN, best article in months! By the way, no more of those polls, souls or trolls either.

    Newt who? The same guy who ran around with "other" women while pulling down Clinton? Can't be that the same midget wants to run for the presidency; but of what countey? Not the USA for sure; that would be the day when everything that has wings crawl instead.

    August 30, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Jesse

    Notice how all political stories lead to Palin. The libs are so deathly afraid of her it isn't funny. All we hear is bashing with no meaning to the bashing. She is best leader this country has right now, and the one that makes sense and will stand up for what she says. Unlike baby barack

    August 30, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. hillcrester

    valwane writes: "Republicans don't need to look petty and stupid arguing with each other and engaging in petty insults when the country needs and expects more? So stop it!"

    That's the point–they just can't help doing it. It's in their DNA. To get elected as a Republican't you need to be a petty insulter so the kingmakers at Faux News will fawn all over you and toss softballs in their incessant "let's get them elected" interviews.

    August 30, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. Gail

    As an Oklahoman I can say that being disliked by Tom Coburn is a huge plus for Newt. If Coburn were endorsing him Newt would have a problem with mainstream America. Coburn is a complete loon and embarassment to the party, and the state he represents. If he did Newt he'd be smart to reject it as unwelcome.

    August 30, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. mike

    First it Sarah egg head Palin and Newt let me pork anything down the road I love the family values and this crap about having some brains the republican party have no answer for the american voters and then want these brain dead idiots vote for them the only thing I know for sure if you are not white and a so call christian you are hated by these people and that is a fact no two ways about it

    August 30, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    Gee whiz....... where are the Conservatives supporting Newt??? What isn't Newt your poster boy for good-old-Republican-family-values????

    GOPers make me laugh! They have alienated every minority group in our Nation, who will vote for the poor saps?

    August 30, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Mike Mc

    I will never register as a Republican because I disagree with the parties vision and policies. That said, I really like Tom Coburn.

    August 30, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. jan

    I can't believe that Gingrich is actually considering a run for any office. He
    's like a wart that just refuses to go away. The republicans should just
    cut him out once and for all. It's good for the rest of the party;

    August 30, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. ruty

    Hurrah, somebody finally got some balls.

    August 30, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. dick delson

    the man with Republican values. Forced to resign in disgrace from his post as Speaker of the House and his House seat in Georgia.

    When his wife was in the hospital fighting Cancer, he asked her for a divorce so he could marry his mistress...which he later did, only to divorce her as well for yet another mistress.

    he's a real piece of work...or better still a piece of s-.

    August 30, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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