October 26th, 2010
05:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich to Obama: Get advice from Bill Clinton

Lima, Ohio (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a piece of advice Tuesday to President Obama, urging him to seek counsel from former President Bill Clinton in the increasingly likely event that Democrats lose control of the House next Tuesday.

Gingrich, asked if he thinks this president can re-calibrate after a midterm drubbing in the way Clinton was able to after Democratic losses in 1994, said "it's up to Obama."

The president can find his footing again, Gingrich suggested, if he "can accept the reality that this is a repudiating election, and can take a deep breath, and frankly sit down and talk to Bill Clinton a while."

"Bill and Hillary Clinton had to go through a lot of thinking in the first six months of 1995," he told CNN. "It was painful, it was difficult, and President Clinton did a tremendous job on working with us on balancing the budget and cutting taxes."

Gingrich was speaking to reporters after headlining an event for his advocacy group, American Solutions, along with Ohio Republican Senate nominee Rob Portman and gubernatorial nominee John Kasich.

Obama "has an enormous opportunity to be in charge if he listens carefully to the American people and if he operates in the framework of what they want," he said.

But Gingrich said Republicans should test the president immediately: If they win, he said, the GOP's "first act of business of the first week" should be to pass a bill outlawing tax increases during a recession.

"And then the president has got to decide: Does he car so much about class warfare that he's going to veto a bill that's going to have lower taxes for every working American?," he asked. "Or is he going to recognize the American people have spoken and sign that bill? That's going to be the first big test."

Looking ahead to Election Day, when he plans to host a celebration at the Reagan Building in downtown Washington, Gingrich predicted that Republicans will have won back the House "before the votes are counted west of the Mississippi."

"By the time we get to the Mississippi River, John Boehner will be the next Speaker of the House," he said. But re-capturing the Senate will be "a little bit harder."

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Jason

    "repudiating election"

    This is far from a repudiating election. Most political scientists (ie., the people who systematically study politics) would tell you that the Democrats were overextended by the 2008 election. That is, many new Democrats won in districts where under normal situations they shouldn't have won. So, 2010 is going to be more about reestablishing that baseline, more than anything else. Politicians and media will interpreted it as a mood swing, but it's really about getting back to equilibrium.

    October 26, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  2. Dan A

    Hey Newt-You are not the guy to give advice being a three time loser and in politics and a bigger loser in life !!! What an absolute moron !!!!

    October 26, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  3. Dano

    Newt although in person life you make questionable calls, It cant be denied you got this right. Obama would have made a great speaker of the house. The guy can speak far better than anyone. As for president, good god man, from one bad president to another. Maybe if science catches up we can bring back some founding fathers cause this pathetic. Even bush didnt lose this many votes after 2 years.

    October 26, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Peter

    Obama, work with NASA, get some time machine going....then go back in time and prioritize what the people who elected you want you to do. Please focus on the economy and not rushed medical package. Get it together man, we voted you in and you spend all this time on the least important needs. Create industry! Please dont make us who voted for you look like we voted because we fell for another political trend. stop with excuses and just get it done.

    October 26, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Independent

    I am neither a Rep or a Dem, but always vote for the best candidate. IHaving said that, I will say that I am thourgouly disgusted with both sides. The Democrats have crammed bills down our throats without the voters support and the Republicans fail to offer meaningful solutions or work with Democrats on bills that make sense to help with the economy. In the end I think they all work for lobbyist and eachother first and the voters, second.

    I think it is ok to raise taxes on a wealthy individual, but I know for a fact that many business are holding off on hiring more people until they know how much extra taxes they are going to have to pay. Raising taxes on employers during an economic crisis is just plain stupid! Congress need to work on legislation that raises taxes on the rich, but makes exceptions for businesses.

    October 26, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. D. Bunker

    Since Newt is giving advice, he should also offer the GOBP leaders some advice based on his own personal experience: RESIGN IN DISGRACE!

    October 26, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Yanni

    Why this guy is still in politics. This obviously is one toxic guy for America. What good he has done in his life? Except plotting obstruction, division, planting hate and exploiting people emotion for personal gain. He was the impediment of America progress in the 90s. Here he comes again exuding his toxic politics.

    October 26, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  8. Drew

    Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble, this is one Eye of Newt that can be safely ignored. Obama has overseen legislation that reduced taxes for nearly every household in America; it was the Republicans who recently voted "NAY!" in large numbers on tax breaks for small businesses as well as unemployment extensions. We need Democrats if for nothing else than to protect us from the increasingly ideological and erratic Republicans.

    October 26, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. ThankGodForHannity

    Thank the lord that this country is comming to it's senses, and realizing what a terrible mistake obama is.

    On Nov. 2 we will go along way to taking the country back from the proggressive liberal communist left.

    Nov. 2 will be our new Independence Day!

    October 26, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. walleye46

    If there is anyone's advise we DON'T NEED its Gingrich. Tell him to shut up.

    October 26, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Alistair

    Wow Newt! You just gave President Obama a blueprint to win re-election in 2012.

    October 26, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. anthony

    Republicans, don't get cocky. The voters forgot the messes that Bush left behind after less than two years. Because you plan to do the same things that you had done before, and what you did before did not work, the voters will get fresh reminders why they voted you out two years ago. If you take over the House, the lost tax revenues that disappeared because of the recession (Bush projected that the 2009 tax revenues were going to be 2.7 trillion, but the actual tax receipts were 2.1 trillion) are not coming back. You will have less tax revenues to work with if you keep the Bush tax cuts. (People paying lower taxes) x (fewer people paying taxes because fewer people have jobs) = lower tax revenues. You can't take the spending on Iraq and Afghanistan off the budget again. Since you want to keep the Bush tax cuts, you will have a trillion dollars deficit in two years even if you don't include any Democratic spending. The voters will find out that not much of the current deficit actually came from spending started by Democrats. When that happens, good luck in 2012.

    October 26, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  13. GuyinVA

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. I didn't agree with President Clinton very much, but for pure entertainment value, I sure do miss that guy.

    October 26, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Bill from SoCal

    Maybe the Republicans should be the ones listening to the American people. Not even two years ago, we rejected their policies of 'no', of fearmongering, of catering to the wealthy and corporations, to their hypocritical family value and morality policing, and to their extremist right-wing agenda. Can anyone tell me how the Republicans of 2010 are any better than the ones of 2008? Oh yah, they have the Tea Party providing them with a new slew of absurd candidates and pushing the party even further to the extreme right.

    October 26, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Kim J.

    Rewrite history much, Newt?

    "Bill and Hillary Clinton had to go through a lot of thinking in the first six months of 1995," he told CNN. "It was painful, it was difficult, and President Clinton did a tremendous job on working with us on balancing the budget and cutting taxes."

    Um, does anyone remember the shutdown of the federal government during 1995? Does anyone remember Newt claiming that he forced the shutdown because Clinton made him sit in the back of Air Force One? Does NEWT REMEMBER????

    I find it interesting how he is totally rewriting history in preparation for his Presidential bid...what a joke!

    October 26, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. The Queen

    No meeting w/ Clinton would be good advice for Obama. He needs no help at all!

    October 26, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  17. Regertz

    "But Gingrich said Republicans should test the president immediately: If they win, he said, the GOP's "first act of business of the first week" should be to pass a bill outlawing tax increases during a recession."

    That's bright. Tie all future Presidents' hands in a time of emergency. It's no wonder Newt G. is not exactly the world's most respected historian.

    October 26, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  18. Regertz

    Given Newt's marvellous success in government...Who could not follow his brilliant advice?

    It made Jack Abramoff what he is today.

    October 26, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. Ann

    Obama is not that smart to take advice from Bill Clinton. But losing is a good lesson for the Democrats who are so easily impressed by demagogues .. yeah, change and hope.

    October 26, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Just_Me

    For once I actually agree with Newt. Gee ... imagine that!

    October 26, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. Ruspanic

    Am I the only one who thinks this actually isn't bad advice?

    October 26, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. David Donovan

    My advice is to say something memorable that every American will always remember and and go down in historical infamy,

    I QUIT !!!

    October 26, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. midwestmatt

    Newt, I still pat myself on the back for voting against you, while a Republican, in your district all those years ago. You stank back then, you stink now, you'll smell forever. You are an egomaniac and anyone, and I mean ANYONE, who buys your line of slop is a fool. If you believe this man and you're offended by my slamming your intelligence, then draft this moron to run for POTUS so us REAL Americans can hand him his self righteous, adulterous, behind to him on the public stage.

    October 26, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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