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. CathyinAZ

    The last person in the world who should be offering the President advice is New Gingrich! I second the coment to slither back under the rock"!!!!
    Perhaps if the GOP had made the decision to attempt towork witih the President rather than impeding every move Mr. Gingrich might be able to offer that opinion. BUT until they decide that the first and most important item on the agenda should NOT be the defeat of this President but putting the welfare of the country first, I have NO TIME FOR ANY OF THEM!!!

    October 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. jeffbo

    Newt the fruit...

    October 26, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "can accept the reality that this is a repudiating election..."
    Gingrich you're actually offering sound advice to the President, but let me tell you the only thing that is being repudiated in this election: the intelligence of the electorate. From day one the American public has been fed a daily diet of spin, misinformation, and outright lies by the Rethugs. You've been campaigning to gain control of both Houses since the day your Party lost the Presidency. Your minions, without exception nor conscience, lied to Americans about their taxes being higher under this administration; about how Healthcare Reform was going to kill their grannies, and be composed of Death Panels; you tried your best to make this administration ineffectual by blocking cabinet appointments, and eroding through your inexcusably disrespectful behaviour any respect given to the office of the President. Hell, you went so far as to call him a "liar" for the entire country, and world to hear, and to dispute over and over his legitimacy as a citizen(Birther movement) of this country. You tried your best to take away any confidence that Americans harbored in the good intentions, and reforms brought forth by this administration.
    Your GobP Tea Party, your Birther movement, your lies about higher taxes, and our Constitution being violated have sunk into the consciousness of many Americans. And now they are going to the voting booth filled with smoke, and feathers where their brains and common sense should reside.
    You know what you can do with your advice you traitorous mutant....

    October 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. debra from georgia

    you got to be kidding me.

    October 26, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Mr. Wilson

    Newt seems kind of arrogant and presumptuous considering that the election is a week away. I seem to remember that the Bush Campaign felt the same way in 2000. Who won the popular vote for President that year?

    Newt didn't try to balance the budget. He tried to wreck the United States by forcing a government shutdown.

    I will say this, if they get control the Republicans will threaten to shut down the government again. I think that the President at that time should make sure that Bill Clinton and his Secretary of State is in the loop. This way, Bill will get to clock Gingrich again. Metaphorically speaking that is.

    October 26, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Clinton had enough sense to change to the center after Newt and the Republicans took control of Congress in the 1994 elections. The balanced budget and welfare reform were a result and a good economy that lasted until the 2000 recession. The Democtrat president and Republican Congress worked well together for the good of America.

    October 26, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. Phil Muse

    Funny how the Repubs are always complaining about "class warfare" when it's a question of giving the little guys a break. But somehow, it isn't class warfare when you're talking about helping the super rich get an even bigger slice of the American pie? Does CW, like you-know-what, only flow down hill?

    October 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Ron

    Ron to Newt: Get a Life You Ignorant, Corrupt, Bum!

    October 26, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. LacrosseMom(real one)

    SO amusing!!! THIS from a man, Newt......... who IMPEACHED Bill Clinton! What a HYPOCRITE Newt is!!!

    October 26, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    McConnell feels the most important thing is making Obama a one term President. Gingrich thinks Obam need to learn form Clinton. At what point do the Republicans start thinnking about anything but their jobs and party?
    Does anyone out there still think they are the party out to help the average American for the next 2 years? 4 years? ever?

    October 26, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  11. Jim

    Vote American Vote Republican? So you are only an American if you are a Republican? Get stuffed. I am a proud American, and I voted for Obama. And I will vote to keep hateful, bigotted, would-be Presidents out of our political arena. It's time people remember what Newt did. In a tizzy fit because he was asked to sit at the back of the plane, he shut down the Government. That's Newt's idea of cooperation. His way, or the highway. I say put him on the highway.

    October 26, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. T'SAH from Virginia

    Why would President Obama take advice from a man that DESPISE him??? I am sure President Obama already knows how he must deal with the Party of NO!!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!

    October 26, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. kat

    Obama ain't listening to anyone... He's so full of himself, he believes this is a one man show. He won't listen to Dems., Republicans or even the American people.

    October 26, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  14. John

    That just like a REPUBLICAN to count on seat in the house be for you get them. If people vote the REPUBLICAN to control the house the economy will get worst and want let of the JOBS in AMERICA will be OVERSEAS AND MEXICO. Obama make added to the deficit of 1 TRILLION dollars but the other 12 TRILLIONS DOLLARS belong to BUSH AND THE REPUBLICAN and that all so count want they borrow from SOCIAL SECURITY. Wake up AMERICA all REPUBLICAN do is lies.

    October 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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?,"
    Taxes are the lowest they've been in decades. You're flat out lying Newt. The pitiful part is that your lies, and your Party's lies is all that your followers hear on Faux News. You are actually fighting the President on raising taxes on the top 2%ers: your wealthy oil and business buddies.
    So your plan is to take credit for preventing something(raising taxes for the middle class) that was NEVER going to happen in the first place?!

    October 26, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  16. mary225

    Gingrich and Palin in 2012.....ensures another term for President Obama....I am happy every time Palin and this nitwit open their mouths...put more microphones in front of them! Oh, and Rand Paul and Christine O'Donnell need more microphones, too!

    October 26, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  17. George

    Whew! Now Obama can sleep at night. The sage Gingrich has offered his wisdom from the pedestal he put himself on.

    October 26, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. gg

    The election isn't over yet.

    October 26, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. TheTraveler

    Earth to Newt: Like Palin, you're a political nobody. Go away ...

    October 26, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. KatR

    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.

    Obama has been "in charge" for 2 years...something the GOP has never accepted. Obama has been working for the American people for 2 years and giving us what we want. I for one don't know how the man keeps his cool with jerks like Gingrich, et al, who have never occupied the Oval Office, spouting fear and (choke) advice. The results of this election will be nothing like 1994. Hopefully, it will be the last time in our history when one political party refers to the other as un-American. I am sick and tired of being labeled un-American because my ideas are considered communistic. Back in the 60s these same jerks were yelling, "America...love it or leave it". I never had the opportunity to tell one of them that it was my love for my country that caused me to change what was wrong. 40 years later we have a President trying to do just that. Hope it isn't too late.

    October 26, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  21. therealmarie

    My advice to President Obama prosecute Bush/Cheney et al for war crimes and let Gingrinch and CNN spend commercial time commenting on that. Oh, think of the $$$ to be made off of that.

    October 26, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. sma232il992

    Governments and the interests of some governments is the main reason all happening in the region

    October 26, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  23. Hugo

    Largest recipient of campaign funding from BP – Barrack Hussein Obama
    Birth of the Birther movement – Phil Berg, a Democrat Philadelphia attorney with the DNC backing Hillary Clinton in the primaries, coined Obama to be the biggest fraud ever put over on the citizens of the United States.

    facts is facts DemoRat!

    October 26, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  24. BD70

    Should Newt be revealing the republican hand? Obama is not stupid in any way shape or form.

    October 26, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  25. Recession?

    No tax increases during a recession? Does Newt know that doesn't apply anymore, by the economic definition of a recession? LOL

    October 26, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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