October 8th, 2010
09:38 AM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich: 2010 the next 1932

(CNN) - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is raising the bar for Republicans, predicting they win enough seats in the midterm elections to take control of the House, and then some.

"I'm going to predict that we are probably going to be over 60 seat pick up and it will be historic," Gingrich said on Fox News. "It will be the largest pick up since 1932."

Gingrich said a high unemployment rate and the number of people on food stamps will contribute to a landslide in November. To become the majority party in the House, Republicans need to net 39 seats.

The comments come as Gingrich mulls a presidential bid, in a season where he has received national criticism for comments on race and religion.

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Pollwatcher

    Gingrich is not relevant anymore. He's still stuck in 1994.

    October 8, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. stufthis

    I meant to say, "Newt is a lying out of touch idiot!"

    October 8, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Cosmo

    I'm no Nostradamus like you Newt, but I am going to predict that in that calm moment of adult reflection in the voting booth, most Americans are going to realize which party has been working to move America forward and which one has been working for its own selfish interests and the GOP is going to be very surprised when their cynical approach to governance (and the truth) are soundly rejected. Say goodbye Newt.

    October 8, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    Huckabee-Gingrich 2012.

    October 8, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. usa/canada

    are Americans that dumb? wake up and get off the couch and take a look at the rest of the civalized world. Republicans have you soscared and brainwashed you cant see pass your front door. OH LOOK THERES RUSSIA!

    October 8, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Jackalope

    Gingrich is a sick, bitter extremist and has-been historical revisionist with some pretty serious personal issues. What is even sadder is that millions of Americans seem to sway to his tune.

    October 8, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Eric


    Try 1894... yes I said EIGHTEEN ninety-four.

    Conservatives will pick up 100+ house seats. Bank on it.

    When nearly 70 house dems are polling below 50%, the wave will easily carry another 30 seats that are near or within the margin of error... This wave will be unlike anything we've ever seen in our lifetimes, our parents lifetimes, or our grandparents lifetimes.

    If Dems only get beaten like 1994, they should consider themselves very, very lucky.

    Another prediction: The DOW will gain 150-200 points November 3, the day after the election.

    October 8, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Augsbee

    Well at least Republicans are not seeking to put our country in bankruptcy nor have a government that controls everything in our lives, even what we eat as do Democrats. Of course, all those leeches sucking everything they can out of our government while the rest of us are hard working and watching our monies will disagree with me.

    October 8, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. vic nashville tn

    He is in different planet if 2010 is next 1932 then 2014 next 2006

    Republicans with out any plan

    October 8, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Ernie

    Newt should go back to teaching History. This is a guy who wants to be President so bad he can taste it. If you think Obama is arrogant this guy is worse. He believe that there is no one smarter than him. If you listen to him talk he talks to you like you are stupid. I can't vote for a guy like this. He should just stay a commantor.

    October 8, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. William Jefferson

    umm......the same party he is shilling for tanked the economy in the 2000s, leading to the Demoraic majority, and it was the party that nearly destroyed the United States in 1920s leading to the election he is referencing. As usual, newt is very confused. In 1932 Democrats were coming in to clean up the rpeublicon mess. This year it looks like republicons have suficient cash flowing from secret sources to get a chance to destroy the economy Democrats have been fixing for the past 2 years. Hardly a congruous analogy on his part....

    October 8, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. ST

    If they will net 39 seats, does this mean there will be no loss in their side? And if there will be some losses does 39 seats number really matters! I get difficulties to get this maths right!

    October 8, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. PalmReader

    Newt needs to dust off his crystal ball. It's clouding his judgment, and will make many of his financial contributors mighty unhappy come Nov. Which is all he is fishing for now anyway. Donations. His own party is acknowleging that they really don't want the landslide they were predicting for the past two years. With no actual plans to speak of, the GOPers have finally realized that the reponsibility of actually having to come up with real solutions is too heavy a burden for them.

    October 8, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Clepatra

    If 2010 is going to be the next 1932, then 2012 will be the next 1933. But not the US 1933. The German 1933!

    October 8, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Marry

    My dear Democrats, we do not want for Gingrich to be correct, do we now? So, get informed, go out and vote responsible and smart!

    October 8, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Why are Rush and his Mafia in hiding all the time?

    I think old Newt really believes he has credibility,poor lowlife,hes lower than a snails extrement,hahaha.

    October 8, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    Another unelectable Republican. Spew it out, Newt! The raven is already crowing "Nevermore" over your political aspirations.

    October 8, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  18. Diane P

    CNN you're becoming FOX lite, what reasonable person cares Newt Gingrich or his predictions, he sounds ridiculous!

    October 8, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Djinn

    Old Newtie is really off his meds. Just saying his deepest hopes does not make it happen, even in his world. That this wing-nut is a presidential wannabe in itself will galvanize the blue vote!!

    October 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. La Piovra

    Did he really mean to invoke 1932? Does he think that was a landslide for Herbert Hoover? And does he really think all those people forced onto foodstamps are going to vote to end poverty and hunger by starving the poor (themselves and their children) to death for once and for all? Coming from a man who has bloated himself to immense girth on Congressional pay, this is downright unseemly.

    October 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  21. Marcus

    In 1932 the American people got tired of a REPUBLICAN president that did NOTHING while the country went into a depression. His sucessor, a DEMOCRAT, did things to help the country that Libertarians and Republicans say today that were 'useless' or 'too much', but they helped him to get reelected so many times that the Constitution had to changed because of him...
    And Gingrich wants a new 1932?

    October 8, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. MAhole

    It's nice to have dreams Newt..............

    October 8, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt is totally disgusting, using "code words" like food stamps and unemployment which imply that just minorities receive these benefits which is a total lie. Check for yourself to see the percentage of non-minorities on food stamps over the past decades. FACT.

    October 8, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  24. Ken in NC

    If this flipping fool runs for President and wins, I will strongly urge that he also be appointed Ambassador to Russia and sent directly to Alaska where he and Sarah Palin can both be rowed over to Russia. He and Tony Hayward can sit and tell lies to the Russians until they tire of it. They will know what to do with them after all the lies and it will not take 15 years from the date of conviction to carry out the sentence. One thing I like about Russia, Justice is swift. It's not always right but it is swift and final.

    October 8, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Dave

    He just makes stuff up to get in the headlines. What exactly is he basing this on? Who in the media is going to call him on this to his face when he's wrong? I want to see that interview.

    October 8, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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