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. Howard Levine

    Hey Newt...You are passing your comments from the cheap seats. You aren't even in Congress!! The Dems would love you to run and your party would hate it

    December 5, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. sara

    well I can't disagree with any of the comments against Newtie Tootie. He is disgraceful and disrespectful.

    December 5, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. nick

    For someone who resigned in disgrace even when his own party was in power and, liars that they are, couldn't sweep it under the rug though they tried hard, Newt ought join Pain in the Alaskan wilderness never to be heard from again; or else sit in solitary confinement in prison where he really belongs: liar, fraud, cheat, and egotism personified (rcall that Newt and his GOP'ers gave themselves a huge pay and benefit package as their 1st order of business).

    December 5, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. ST

    Who is ready to buy the negatives Gingrich has been throwing out all the time! People are eager and willing to buy new ideas and not the attacks. Very tired of it if Gingrich is not aware of this!

    December 5, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. CTYank

    Thar he blows! Newtie has broached!

    Just like Sarah, he pops out of the bushes (no pun intended), takes a few random ankle-nips, and ducks.

    Does he even understand the global damage to the reputation of the US done by Bush/Cheney? Does he have a clue about that? Just one of the areas where Mr. Obama has effected major repairs. Does he know that the elections are over, and now it's time to go about the business of governing? Or is it ALL election cycles?

    So many repubs pivot about the sheer truthiness of their utterances. As if what they think and say is THE TRUTH, rather than petty political posturing. (Who'll be the next Bill Buckley, and give them some content?)

    December 5, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. November continues

    Newt would easily win and everyone knows it. Anyone BUT Obi-Wan will eaily win because the Dems FORCED the Amereican people towards their agenda. Now the country will PROGRESS back to policiies that the people want. It may take two years of gridlock, but things are going to change back the way the American people want ..... any other believe is hilariously insignificiant.

    December 5, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. annie s

    This morally bankrupt individual is about the best the Republicans have to offer – he may not tell the truth very often, but he at least can speak in full sentences. Scary, scary people – and scarier too is that we have so many Americans who fall for their nonsense.

    December 5, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Marla

    I seem to remember recently reading an assessment of President Obama by a foreign leader. He told the reporter that when he first met Pres. Obama, he "thought he was a nice man". Now that he has had more dealings with him, he "considers him a shrewd strategist".
    This assessment seems very contrary to that of Gingrich. Somehow, I feel that the foreign official is correct. I would much rather have the "shrewd strategist" representing my country overseas than yet another hawk Republican.

    December 5, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. rusty155

    Gingrich you and Saran Palin don't have a chance to win and we are all ready tier of hearing both run for fat mouth.

    December 5, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. inutah

    Who is Newt Gringrich????? any relation to the Grinch?

    December 5, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Tom

    HaHa stupid Newt. Fumbling around the world huh? Even with Wikileaks embarasing documents Obama has been a better foriegn policy leader than Bush by far. Can you imagine if those documents hade been leaked at the beginning of Bushes second term, we would probably have WWIII right now.

    December 5, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Yeah..Mr. "Doesn't matter what I DO. It only matters what I say..." The height of arrogance...

    December 5, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. donald hearn

    Newt, you can always come to the Portland Oregon zoo, and get a job as a Baboon

    December 5, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. HA

    Who names there kid Newt Gingrich anyway

    December 5, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. donald hearn

    Newt for President, and Joe the plumber as his running mate!!

    December 5, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Bob Devine

    Another has been, seeking attention and trying to seem relevant. To paraphrase Ed Murrow, "Just because his voice is broadcast on Faux news doesn't mean that what he has to say is any more intelligent than when when his voice only reached the end of the bar."

    December 5, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Alina77

    So Republicans saying "We will give to your poor unemployed people some money for one more month , if you give to our rich Christmas present in tax cuts". Those unemployed people will not remember the good that Obama did for them, and will bitching about him any ways like they always do just about everything. That's why "STOP tux cuts for the rich, or I am done with Obama, and that's what Republicans want more angry people like me."

    December 5, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. ViSmith

    more chaotic than Bush? Bush didn't even understand what his handlers were telling him. I think Obama knows what he is doing. too bad the rest of us don't.

    December 5, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Constructive Discourse

    As Reagan said, "they're they go again"...Republicans with very few worthwhile ideas use one-liners to try and sway public opinion; and who can blame them? We're so ignorant, it works !! Let's take a look at Newt's comments as Exhibit A; where's his analysis? Where are his specific examples in support of his empty, scurrilous attacks? Where are his ideas other than "low taxes produce jobs", which is a thoughtless, simple-minded approach to fiscal policy?? Wake up folks ! To the extent you fall for this stuff from either the left or the right; ask yourself - be honest now - "does this make sense? Can the worst problems we've seen in over 70 years get resolved with vitriolic attacks on the opposition? Is that true leadership?"

    December 5, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. Chaasm

    Last time I checked, it was Charlie Rrangel that was just censured by the house, not Newt. Newt was never censured. So...who has a lock on corruption? I'd say BOTH parties are pretty sorry, and to pretend that one party is made of angels and the other of devils is pretty darned simple-minded. Besides, we all know that Chris Christie is going to be our president in 2-6 years. 😉

    December 5, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. JohnB

    "Gingrich said earlier on "Fox News Sunday."

    This statement says enough.

    December 5, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Alan Graham

    Palin and Gingrich.....................Republican ticket for 2012..........PLEASE!

    December 5, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Lou from NH

    Newt – don't go away mad – just go away.

    December 5, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Ade

    Newt Gingrich knows how to run his mouth.

    December 5, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. denton

    who dug up Newt, that dinosaur needs to be put to pasture

    December 5, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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