Gingrich touts South Carolina ahead of visit
January 13th, 2011
01:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich touts South Carolina ahead of visit

(CNN) – If Newt Gingrich decides to run for president, as it is expected he will, it appears the former House Speaker will put a lot of stock into the South Carolina primary.

Ahead of yet another visit to the Palmetto State – this time to court small business owners in Myrtle Beach – Gingrich highlighted in an interview with McClatchy News that the state has a strong record of picking the GOP presidential nominee.

"South Carolina has picked the last five Republican presidential nominees," Gingrich said. "So it's clear that along with Iowa and New Hampshire, it's a key state in the presidential nominating process. There's no question it will retain that importance in 2012."

Pursuant to rules adopted by the Republican National Committee last year, South Carolina will hold its traditional spot as the No. 3 primary – behind the nominating contests of Iowa and New Hampshire. The primary will be a month later than it was in 2008 however as part of an effort by the GOP to delay the start of the overall nominating process.

Gingrich last visited the state in December when he appeared at the Spartanburg County GOP's Bronze Elephant Dinner. He repeated in his interview with McClatchy that he will make a final decision about a presidential run in February.

"I'm trying to methodically see if it's possible and if there's enough support to make sense out of it," he said.

Though he's still deciding on his White House ambitions, Gingrich has his talking points down.

On his own record: "If you want to balance the federal budget, I know how to do it because we did it for four straight years and paid off $405 billion in debt."

On President Obama: "It's pretty clear that President Obama believes that your money is his money, and that he has the right to decide how much you keep," Gingrich said. "He believes that government is smarter than almost anything in the private sector. He believes in a huge centralized bureaucracy."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. neil

    Doesn't that picture of Gingrich look like Ernie or Elmo from Sesame Street?Not that I'm trying to make him seem lovable,clearly he's not.

    January 13, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    And Newt you believe people are stupid enough to vote for you. LOL Dirty up President Obama all you want Newt, but you my friend have made it "clear" you lack morals.

    January 13, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. If We All Agree to Be Civil In Our Discourse . . .

    Will Rush Limbaugh be out of a job? He sure seemed depressed this morning.

    January 13, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John Boehner "The Weeper of the House"

    Newt is part of the rhetoric problem in this country along with the Fox News network. Does he think we've forgotten about his sleezy personal life? Newt will never be President.

    January 13, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Tulsa

    It is unfortunate that so many who post here feel they must turn every discussion into a shouting match. Our President made a speech last night that attempted to bring solice to the families of the victims of a senseless crime. He did a fine job. He also made clear that our nation must behave with civility, starting at the top with our leaders. To argue with this is the right of any citizen, but as so many have said in the last few days, words have consequenses and the way we speak is as im,portant as the message.
    It is odd to me that those voices in this forum who consistantly spew hatred towards those who disagree have chosen names such as "Patriots salute the flag, yadda, yadda, yadda.."
    Yes, there is vitriol coming from the right and left but countering inflamed speach with more of the same is not the answer. There is room for debate, but just because you CAN curse, do you really have to?
    Here's hope that we can all remember that we ALL LOVE OUR COUNTRY.

    January 13, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Secede, SC, Secede. If you all say "Grinch", maybe the rest of the country will secede.

    January 13, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Is that a raw turkey hanging below his chin???

    January 13, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. carlos

    and it will not be you, idiot.

    January 13, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. ART

    Did someone just fart? Oh its just Gingrich opening his mouth again.

    January 13, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. Mikey

    It is always funny when Republicans tell us what President Obama "believes."
    GOP Myth: Healthcare reform was a government takeover of 1/6 of our economy.
    Reality: % of industry taken over = 0%
    GOP Myth: Obama is taking over the auto industry.
    Reality: GM IPO. % of industry taken over = 0%.
    GOP Myth: Obama taking over banking industry with $750 billion bailout.
    Reality: 95% of TARP money recovered by Obama Administration. Banking industry now healthy. Economy recovering.
    GOP – Abandoned push to create deficit reduction committee after Obama praised the effort.
    Obama – Went ahead with the idea after GOP dropped ball. Obama now deserves credit. GOP deserves none.

    January 13, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. megan

    I see that he did"nt watch the memorial speach last night. Prez said it nnt about how much money have or fame it love that make us a better person. We don"t want your money. money can"t buy love . it can buy you a few wife. you know that already.

    January 13, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Monster Zero

    Dutch Bad News – Got some BAD NEWS for ya, Gingrich would reveal in the first six months what a rookie Obama has been with regard to leading our Nation. Why don't you ask the 20 million unemployed Americans about what a great job our cricket in chief is doing, chirping along. CNN is nothing more than a biased propaganda tool run and filled by a bunch of special agenda self serving activists posing as News Reporters, this last week evidenced that with report after report on the Arizona shootings and smear attempt. 2012 will either be the beginning of a new path back from the abyss of social redistribution of other peoples money by government or the beginning of a civil war. Remember 20 million people that have had everything taken away from them to give to people that didn't earn it, well that makes for some true vitriol!

    January 13, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. SayWhat

    Keep selling those books Newt. When that runs dry you can try selling "Dr. Newt's Myopic, Self-serving, Balderdash and Elixir" to the faithful in the last bastions of the Confederacy.

    January 13, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. fayse

    I think that Mr. Gingrich will be wasting a lot of his time and money. He was not sucessful getting the nomination in the past and he won't be in the future.

    January 13, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. patch vader

    lord save us all- we barely survived he last contract on America

    January 13, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. S. In California

    I was born in NC and was thinking about visiting SC this summer but when I think about the misfits representing this state, I quickly CHANGED MY MIND. What a beautiful state to be infested with the likes of Sanford, DeMented, Grinch and others. You people in SC better wake up real soon and kick these idiots out of office.

    January 13, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. geecee

    Why wouldn't Gingrich win in South Carolina? It's the home of Joe Wilson ("YOU LIE") and Jim Demented!! If South Carolina can stand those two hate-mongers, they certainly can tolerate the worse of them all. He and Palin will make a great ticket in 2012.

    January 13, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. scdad

    keep him. we don't want him around here

    January 13, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Palmetto This

    Seeing as how South Carolinians were stupid enough to elect a dimbulb like Jim DeMint to the Senate, it stands to reason that Newt would start his futile quest for the presidency there.

    January 13, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. willie floyd

    Newt might keep in mind our new Rep. Gov. only won by 4 pts. As a native S. Carolinian, I continue to pray that our electorate will soon learn they are voting against themselves. I am so ashamed of Demint and Wilson I would cry if I weren't so angry. I'm very thankful I have a president that continues to make me proud to be an American-if not a S. Carolinian.
    Please post this CNN-most of mine seem to be ignored-why is that???

    January 13, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    For some reason, this type of statement means NOTHING anymore. President Obama DOES NOT believe our money is his money. And YES, ginGRINCH, President Obama DID decide how much you can keep – TAX CUTS remain for the RICH; and I just got an additional $50 in my paycheck that would DEFINITELY give me more to SAVE or SPENDSl!! We all STILL have to pay taxes…. Jeez!

    For some reasons, my eyes opened MORE since AZ!! I can respect people from the RIGHT when they make sense and I can also criticize them when they DON'T – Same as for people on the far LEFT! ginGRINCH is not making sense right now and should crawl back in his shell and rethink what he is saying!!

    Please let’s continue to support our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD in a POSITIVE direction!!! Yes We Can!

    January 13, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |