Gingrich's harsh words for Obama
December 5th, 2010
12:46 PM ET
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Gingrich's harsh words for Obama

Washington (CNN) - Sounding more and more like a presidential contender, Newt Gingrich came out swinging Sunday against the Obama administration's foreign policy.

"I've never seen an administration, even the Carter administration was never as routinely chaotic," Gingrich told CNN in reference to Obama's recent trip to Afghanistan. "Every time you turn around, this administration is fumbling somewhere around the world."

He said there appears to be a gap between "the clarity and focus of that campaign and the confusion of the presidency."

"He just suffered a stunning defeat, and yet he's behaving as though nothing has changed," Gingrich said earlier on "Fox News Sunday."

When asked about the current congressional tax fights, Gingrich said the president "is choosing class warfare and political rhetoric over job creation."

He also said it will be more difficult for Obama post-midterm elections to soothe the left wing of his party than it was for former President Bill Clinton because of the GOP leadership.

Gingrich, who served as House Speaker after the 1994 midterm elections, said he was "too aggressive" and too willing to fight with the former president at the time, adding that his behavior gave Clinton cover because he could always say, "at least I'm not Newt." On the other hand, Gingrich said House Speaker-to-be Rep. John Boehner will be a less polarizing figure.

"He's a disciplined team leader, and that's been his background," Gingrich said. "I think he'll be very effective as speaker."

But it wouldn't be a Gingrich press appearance without talk of the 2012 presidential campaign.

He said Obama will be a one-term president if the economy remains weak, "no matter how articulate he is."

He also moved one step closer to announcing his own run for president.

"I'm much more inclined to run than not to run," Gingrich said.


–CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk contributed to this report


Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. longtime conservative

    Newt,

    Please please please do NOT run for president; rather, use your objective wisdom and extensive experience to help another who has some real chance. If the conservatives do not nominate a more center oriented candidate, Obama will win again, with the same coalition with which he won in 2008, dividing the electorate by the same TV brainwashing as was done then.

    Thank you from old veteran of vintage of 1944

    December 5, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. billclinton3

    Obama promised a lot, and delivered on next to nothing. He basically said anything during his campaign to get votes. He duped us. It won't happen again.

    I was all for reforming healthcare, but what we got instead was a system where you are forced to pay into the insurance companies' little monopoly, or you get fined $2000. If you can't afford either one, the government covers for you.

    That is the essence of sucking. I would vote to repeal this in a second

    December 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Debra

    Run Newt, you can't beat President Obama in a 100 yard dash against the Detroit Lions or the Cinnecticut Beagals. Don't you still owe your ex-wife an apology. You will not win against President Obama, so run a-hole.

    December 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. shojayxt

    Newt needs to be evaluated for mental competency. This guy actually thinks he has a shot at becoming President. Pathetic.

    December 5, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. billclinton3

    Obama promised a lot, and delivered on next to nothing. He basically said anything during his campaign to get votes. He duped us. It won't happen again.

    I was all for reforming healthcare, but what we got instead was a system where you are forced to pay into the insurance companies' little monopoly, or you get fined $2000. If you can't afford either one, the government covers for you.

    That is where scatterbrained, shortsighted leadership get you. I would vote to repeal this in a second, and I will vote against him in 2012

    December 5, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Ken, AZ

    Of course Newt is going to lob bombs at the president; that's all he has. This argument for extending the tax cuts for the top 2% is rediculous because the republican's augument does not have facts to back it up. How much have those tax cuts cost us over the last 10 years? How much additional revenue, except for the beneficiaries, have those tax cuts generated over the last 10 years? How many jobs did those tax cuts create during the Bush administration? How do the republicans propose to pay for extending those tax cuts? And, the notion that the top 2% are uncertain about the tax cut extension and are therefore not creating jobs is a bunch of bull. They've known for the past 10 years that those tax cuts were going to expire at the end of 2010; that's the way the republican controlled government planned it. They've had 10 years to plan for taxes to go back to the rates prior to those tax cuts. I hope the Dems stand their ground even if all tax cuts expire. The republicans have more to lose than the Dems.

    December 5, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    If I can't say anything nice....." ".

    December 5, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Peter Rogers

    As I read things you need to work for Fox News to be considered a republican candidate.
    It seems to me that having married 5 times that there isn't a problem with this guy.
    Where in the world are we going.
    The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.

    December 5, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Mark

    Well, if you can't say anything nice, that just leaves the truth. Let's see, how many Trillions has Obama p!$$ed on the economy and unemployment is STILL going up??? What a freak'in genius!!! Hey barry! They ever teach you how to balance your own checkbook at Harvard? Or did you spend every waking hour dreaming about becoming the "first" ? What a pathetic waste.

    December 5, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Jake

    Obama just secured a very important free-trade pact with S. Korea which will benefit both countries and had bipartisan support in the US. That is "fumbling" and "chaotic?" Better check your dictionary, Newt!

    December 5, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. True American

    President Obama is doing a decent job considering the MESS you Gingrich, the GOP/TEA, and Bush left him. Senile McCain and Quitter Palin would not have been able to tackle what President Obama has.

    December 5, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Richard in California

    Oh please, oh please! A Gingrich/Palin dream ticket for 2012! King and queen of the "Do as I say, not as I do" party. Run, Newt, run!

    December 5, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. kyle

    Before this clown can run for office he has to accept a position on faux news to spread his lies and hate.

    December 5, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. johnRJ08

    The premise of Gingrich's comments is wrong. The President did NOT "suffer a stunning defeat" in the last election. That is Republican pre-2012 propaganda. The Democrats who lost in the last election were mostly the Blue Dog or more conservative Democrats. The barely won their seats in Congress because they were running in very conservative parts of the country. The only reason they won then was because of huge voter turn out against George W. Bush's policies. Gingrich knows that mid-terms have low turn outs and that this so-called "shellacking" was completely predictable. After nearly 2 years or relentless misinformation being spewed by the GOP's public relations outlets, also known as FOX News and Rush Limbaugh, enough people were ignorant enough about the issues to vote for the wrong people. They are now learning their lesson, watching the politicians they voted in stand up for the wealthy while turning their back on the middle class and unemployed in this country. In the short-term, the Republicans are going to have a lot of fun in Congress, trying to undo everything that Obama has done and blocking everything he still wants to do. But in 2012, the shellack is going to be applied to shellackers in a big way.

    December 5, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. SteveR

    Just a crook, simple as that. Amazingly nutball GOP'er's may actually run him again. of course when your options are caribou barbie, polygamist morman and the mouth of the south, i guess newt sounds good. Can't wait to watch the GOP implode as they rip each other apart

    December 5, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  16. stannardg

    From here it appears no one has forgotton your lack of character.. Newtie

    December 5, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Trip

    Obama never did say and has never said that he would run for a second term. All these Republicans are just spouting about how they are trying to make him one term so they can pat themselves on the back when he doesn't run again. How about if you guys work with the rest of us to fix some problems instead of acting like babies making sure that you're the only one that gets to play with your favorite toy?

    December 5, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. Kate

    Oh just like the left to immediately attack the speaker rather than address the points being made. Is it because you can't come up with a legitimate counter-point? Or do you really believe the most effective way to push your views with integrity is to throw mud at anyone who speaks against those you believe in?

    December 5, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Jude

    our administration is dealing with a chaotic world sir...and i seriously doubt you, that pitbull ms america wanna be with lipstick, the witch lady or any of your fellow howdy doody clowns could handle this stuff. period. go take a nap.

    December 5, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Tony FL

    How's that WMD fumble going?

    December 5, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    The Chicken Grap expert speaks (again) ... keep shoveling, Newtie. You've become quite the Chicken Grap King.

    December 5, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    does ANYBODY really like this guy and if so PLEASE tell me why. Just like Palin and the rest of the GOP it is very easy to be critical when you have done nothing to try to help improve the situation and have no answers how to do so. I guess old Newty is hoping that Americans continue to have short term memories, like voting to put back in control the ones who helped get us here in the first place, and take advantage of it. Is it a wonder he claims he will pick and choose who interviews him, what questions he'll take and what answers he'll give. Sorry Newt but there are STILL plenty of Americans that rememeber the creep you were back in the 80's and how you did your wives and what you to the country. Just hopefully the "dumbing down" of our country hasn't gone as far as to allow someone like you near the White House.

    December 5, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. fatima

    Hey Newt, you will never be a president. In fact, you won't even get your party's nomination. So, all this is sour grapes?

    December 5, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. larry

    Marge , it seems as if the American people told the Democrats what they thought of them in the last election!!!!

    December 5, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. John

    As usual an interesting picture. Except for the guy that is working it looks like the Republicans, at least Newt, continue to surround themselves with white folk. Diversity at it 's best.

    December 5, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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