Palin needs to 'be more careful,' Gingrich says
January 18th, 2011
09:14 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin needs to 'be more careful,' Gingrich says

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is getting more advice from fellow Republicans – this time from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who says the former Alaska governor needs to "slow down."

Speaking on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, Gingrich said a string of Palin's recent statements indicate she needs to "be more careful and think through what she's saying and how she's saying it."

"There's no question that she has become more controversial," added Gingrich who may face off against Palin later in the year for the GOP presidential nomination.

But Gingrich was quick to add he believes Palin remains a "phenomenon and "very formidable in her own right."

Gingrich's comments come in the wake of Palin's controversial handling of the Arizona shootings, after which she accused members of the media and left-wing critics of engaging in a "blood libel" against her. Speaking on Fox News Monday, Palin said she meant the term to mean she was the victim of false accusations of being an accessory to the killings.

Gingrich's comments also follow those of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican favorite who told the New York Times Palin needs to engage with the media and voters in settings less staged than those she currently utilizes.

As for his own political future, Gingrich reiterated he will make an announcement about his potential presidential campaign in late February.

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  1. Sgt. Joe

    Ah, come on Newt, grab her as your running mate! We don't want to run out of entertainment here.

    January 18, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. anotherGDlefty

    Oh boy, you do have an image problem when you're getting advice from Newt.....

    Will he, like Chris Christie come out in a couple of days to tell us what he "really meant" by giving the disasta from Alaska this advice?

    January 18, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. A female in Wyoming

    Please don't coach Palin. She is doing a wonderful job all by herself and is now a runaway train. I just love how she says whatever she wants regardless of the outcome. Every time she opens her mouth to defend herself she just digs the hole a little deeper. It has been pure entertainment and at the speed of the runaway train, it will soon be falling into that hole she is making. Let her be!

    January 18, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. OH YEAH?

    Palin is not capable of "thinking".

    January 18, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Richard Komi

    I doubt if Palin understands the effects of some of her rhetorics. If fellow Republicans are telling her to tone down and she continues to say she won't tone down then Republican voters need to make a clear choice between some one who does not care about the effects of harsh rhetorics and those who are ready to work with members of the other party.

    January 18, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  6. no need to know

    Palin needs to just sit down n shut up..everytime she opens that mouth something dumb or stupid comes out of it, she needs to just shut up and go back to Alaska and see if she can see Japan out her back door still. Like the saying says" always good to be seen and not heard", well maybe she needs to do just that not heard or seen......KEEP URE MOUTH SHUT!!!!!! is that so hard?????

    January 18, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. DJ in TX

    Gingrich is right, but look who's talking...........Wasn't he who said we need to "eridicate" the left?............or words to that effect.

    January 18, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. KathyC in Minnesota

    Doesn't Newt Gingrich and Ghris Christie know that Sarah Palin loves "Going Rogue"?

    You can give her all the advice in the wold. With her, it goes in one ear and out the other.

    January 18, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Sorensen

    They are both totally unelectable and embarrassing, crazy people. In the interest of the GOP and the entire country, they
    should both go away.

    January 18, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. CC

    Palin, just said on FOX, she is not going to shut-up...her lack of respect for others and the inability to understand
    her message does not have to be censored but her method of relaying it does need some refinement will leave her
    in the quicksand she is creating for herself. Most Americans will rise above the ignorance that has been dominating our airwaves; (that she is the Mama grizzly of) as we realize if we don't become more united as Americans we will become nothing more than a 3rd world country. United we stand, divided we fall, and we can not agree respectfully. The big mouth, the loudest mouth eventually is just some noise in the background of civilized folks.

    January 18, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Kkilinski

    Isn't it kinda strange when the most intelligent person coming from the right these days is Newt Gingrich?

    January 18, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. Katie

    As much as I am loath to agree with him on just about anything, in this, Newt Gingrich is right on the money. Sarah Palin is reckless.

    January 18, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. Rob R

    Dumb and dumber. That's what those 2 are. Neither of them have a real shot at winning the WH in 2012. Newt's antics as Speaker during the 1990's will surely do him in if he should run and Palin, well, what can be said that hasn't already been said.

    January 18, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. ABM

    If history is any indication she will NEVER take your advice. She thinks she is better than everyone else.

    ..and the implosion continues.....bye-bye.....

    January 18, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. kcl

    The republicans need to get stronger in their disgust with Palin. They'd win every election if they would speak their minds. Oh, wait a minute, do I want that??? Keep tip-toeing around the issue kids.

    January 18, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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