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. Dante

    Palin, Gingrich, ....? Unelectable and as such music to the Democrats' ears.

    December 5, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Ann

    Not Gingrich and not Palin.. but someone, Democrat or Republican, take the presidency from Obama. He is an ideologist not a leader.

    December 5, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. TheBourneBlogger

    LOL.... With Newt and Palin running this next election is a slam dunk for the Dems...

    December 5, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Rosslaw

    The Democratic dream ticket: New and Sarah. Please, please, please.

    December 5, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    the same people that question if President Obama is indeed a Christian would have little problems supporting a person like Newt Gingrich? What a sad state of affairs.

    December 5, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  6. LMC

    Newt Gingrich was the instigator of huge devisive between the two parties. The president has been trying to get people to work together. Newt only knows how to split people apart.

    December 5, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. mike

    This idiot has no moral compass or any other good human value at all. He is an absolute disgrace to being a husband, politician or a man. I hope he does run. It will be short, embarrasing and insulting to him, all very well earned and deserved.

    December 5, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Wayne

    Mr. "Family Values" speaks again! Have conservatives so lost their soul as to value his input and consider him a presidential candidate for 2012?

    December 5, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Marry

    …and that from someone that is a member of the party of “NO” solutions. Hey Gingrich, do first even half a good a job before criticizing people that work for us!

    December 5, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. bill486

    Your 15 minutes were over back in the '90s.....You & Palin are King & Queen of the biggest castle ever built in the air.

    December 5, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Fed Up

    Gingrich is your typical two faced hypocrite, just like all Republicans. Bush told everybody he was a christian conservative, then he started two wars which killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and that doesn't include our soldiers. When Boehner says chicken crap, he must be talking about himself, Gingrich and the other hypocrite Republicans.

    December 5, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Kevin

    There are still plenty of us out there that remember the 1990s Newt. You were such a disaster that even the Republicans disowned you. So anything you have to say about Obama is good for nothing more than a laugh.

    December 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. catmom

    Are we supposed to be surprised that a Republican, any Republican has harsh words for President Obama.? It would be news if a Republican actually showed some respect and support for the President. You know the way they demanded EVERYONE support George Bush despite the poor decisions he was making that put our country where it is today.

    December 5, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  14. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Reporting conversations and statements made on Faux "News" as having some factual relevance is like reporting a Dumbo sighting at Disney World as a factual event...

    Having said that, EXACTLY WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM NEWT GINGRICH???

    December 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Brian

    Now we get to put up with John Boner as Speaker. He'll get as much love from all the right-wingers as Pelosi did from progressives and liberals, except Boner will deserve our respect because he's a hard working man who came from nothing and a true, genuine patriotic American while Pelosi was a socialist/communist/Marxist and every other -ist the conservatives smeared her as. What a bunch of hypocrites. The right wingers never let up on her because they hated that she was an effective Speaker of the House. Let's see how effective the Tan Man is as speaker... it'll probably be pretty easy: just vow to block everything and watch the other side try to get past you.

    December 5, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    "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."

    Is he talking about gwb?

    December 5, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. ib42

    "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."

    He's talking about gwb, and doesn't even know it!

    December 5, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and the rest of the Faux Ultra-"Right" Wing Presidential Candidate Headquarters "News" will say ANYTHING to get attention.
    It doesn't have to be true, it just has to have some degree of shock value.
    None of them can win, but let them talk. It only shows the crazy people who to support and the not so crazy see just how far off the reservation they really are.

    December 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Donald in CA

    Newt and sarah use the media. They know that the nasty things they say about this President will get maximum coverage.
    Carry a gun to a town hall meeting and get interviewed on the cable news. Its really sad what we are becoming as a country.

    December 5, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. jenn, philadelphia

    If we want to continue bringing up past sins instead of arguing policy differences, fine: John Kerry, on wife number 2 (they seem to get richer), Bill Clinton (no need to go further), Gary Hart (a "follow me if you think I'm cheating" level of stupidity that still amazes), and St. JFK (too many to list). Republicans have not cornered the market on immorality, and Democrats are not above cheating. If you have a problem with Gingrich's policies of government (and there is room for it) than say so. To continue to harp on his marital infidelities and complete lack of compassion shows no ability on your part to engage in civil, intelligent debate.

    December 5, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Linda in VA

    We just had the worst president in history for eight years who along with our elected senators and representatives sent
    this country into ruin with an illegal war. Newt is one man I would never turn to for advice on any topic. I hope he does run and loses lots of his own cash in doing it.

    December 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Terry - Indiana

    Please Mr. Gingrich, do not run for POTUS. Your track record could significantly impact qualified local, state, and national Republican candidates tagged with your legacy. Thanks!

    December 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. albert

    I have always liked to listen or read what both party's have to say, but the past few years gingrich and his likes don't make a lick of sense

    December 5, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. The King

    Unbelievable. Gingrich even blamed Obama for the Wikileaks. Of course, SIPRNET has been around for over 10 years, and there has never been a control in place to flag downloads.
    Gingrich is manipulating the fragile emotional state of the baggers and the obtuse, with fear/hate mongering in an effort to further his political agenda. I guess we can look forward to another 2 years of "death panel" like fairy tales designed to undermine the President, and by proxy the working class US citizens.
    Hey Newt, give the world a X-mas present, go away.

    December 5, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. RightasRain

    Pleeeeeeeze run.....and tag Sarah (Kim Kardashian of Politics) as your running mate! Do this, and I will pledge my affirmation that there is indeed a GOD.

    December 5, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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