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. BD70

    Why is it when the Dems are not morally correct their feet are held to the fire? When a republican does it they are unfairly being judged. Give me a break. Newt has come out and said he will say what his base wants to hear. Doesn't mean he lives by it or cares to. Do as I say not as I do. Not sure why conservatives can't see that.

    August 30, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Byrd

    Finally, a republican waking up! We were truely beginning to lose hope that it would ever happen.

    August 30, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  3. acura2010

    Obama 2012. All conservatives are not christians and they need to stop playing the holy than thou card. If they really know God's word, they will stop ringing in "Fear". God has not given us the spirit of Fear, but the power, love and a sound mind.

    August 30, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. hobart

    He's the last person I'd vote for too. He went from being a reasonably intelligent small government conservative to a certifiable nutjob when he blamed 9/11 on all of Islam. Earth to Newt. Sufis are our friends; they don't like the folks who blew up the WTC, and those folks also blow up Sufi mosques.

    August 30, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  5. Blanks

    As a Republican I could give a rip about family values. I respect Coburn and think he right that Newt may not be the guy but anything is better than what we have now. Obama is so out of touch with our economic situtation and business as a whole. Hopefully our next president can lead like Clinton or Reagan and you can keep the values cr*p.

    August 30, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. Tired of the Dems lies

    far as I am concerned, any one who has been in office for one term or more needs to be VOTED OUT,all of you, dems, repubs,and indep are all BUMS and should be voted out,you have lost my job, you have lost my savings, you have lost my retirement, you have lost my stocks, so as far as I am concerned, all of you and flooped eared obama can rot in hell and may god NOT have mercy on your souls. VOTE THEM ALL OUT.

    August 30, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. Drunken GOP Driver

    I want my keys and my country back.

    August 30, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. GodIsFake

    Never trust anyone with a head that large! You know most of it is filled with hot air....

    August 30, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. Ain't life strange?

    I just find it hard to trust a man to watch my back when he left two wives when they were flat out down on theirs. If he'd turn his back on two people he at one timed loved, why wouldn't he turn his back on those he doesn't... namely the middle class. Regardless of party affiliation, he'd never get my vote.

    August 30, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |

    It's not only Newt's personal life that's is questionable, his whole new agenda about just preaching fear and hatred is more than enough for every true American to ignore him. He's been preaching hate and lies ever since he started to reconsider running for president. He has not offered any plans or ideas, just what's wrong (in his eyes) without any plans of his own. His time has long since passed him by. So bye Newt, we'll call you, don't call us.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    August 30, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. Ridgeway

    So Coburn would vote for Obama if he were running against Newt? Thatta' boy take one for the Country.

    August 30, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. zoe2

    A civil war inside the Republican Party!

    August 30, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. da

    LOL...even folks in his own party knows he is nothing but trouble!!! LOL

    August 30, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Terry

    Newt thinks he's a super smart man but whether or not he really is is another question.

    August 30, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  15. Uncle Sam

    I think he meant the last person other than Barack Obama he would vote for.

    August 30, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  16. Louie

    Republicans eating their own. Nice!

    August 30, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  17. Ricky atl

    hes the last person I'd vote for – 3 x

    August 30, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. StrategicBob

    So, Senator Coburn said Newt is the last person he would vote for for President. One question: Does that mean he would vote for Obama over Gingrich? One comment: Don't get your hopes up that Coburn's brain might have started to function properly. Remeber, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    August 30, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Jim in Idaho

    Ya think? Anyone who'd tell a wife deathly sick in a hospital bed that he was leaving and divorcing her has almost no character traits at all....much less the traits to be President.

    August 30, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Eric

    Tom Coburn shows a moment of actual, genuine thought, not a party line talking point. He's also quite correct. He is a genuine dirtbag and should be nowhere near the Oval Office!

    August 30, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. FoxAz

    More good shooting from the Flat Earth Party Circular Firing Squad ! Keep shootin', right at the cajones ! You betcha, Ole !

    August 30, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. CMG

    Make my day, Mr. Coburn...Hopefully, others will listen to your comments. It is time that the light went on in the heads of many who have been fooled by good ole' Newt for far to long.

    August 30, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |

    I don't like Tom, but I have to agreee, he's the last person I'd vote for too!

    August 30, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Alphonse

    If Obama is on the ticket for 2012, and the Republican's ticket had Yosemite Sam, I'd vote for Yosemite Sam. Anyone who would even consider Obama again, must have manure running through their skull.

    August 30, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  25. InlandEmperor

    Senator Coburn...good for you. There is much that you have been quoted as standing for that one might not agree with. Having said that one should commend you when you make a statement that shows that you are capable of occasionally thinking for yourself. Please continue to have your own might find it refreshing.

    August 30, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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