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. KC Rick

    Ms. Palin did not need to correct herself, she used the term accurately as it has been used historically starting with the Jews. It is the media showing their ignorance this time, as they have no idea of history, the context of language and how it is used.

    January 18, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. GL

    Like I said it is not the left going after as it is the people on the right and Sara Palin continue to attack the left. She needs to get a clue.

    January 18, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. NVa Native

    Shows us just how behind the majority of Americans and reality Ginerginch is – and now he finally gets it.
    Guess he's been too busy posturing as the rabid attack dog for the mindless minions.

    January 18, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There's no question that she has become more controversial," added Gingrich

    It has begun!!!
    The GObPers are getting ready to kick Palin to the curb!
    Praise the Lord, and pass the popcorn!!!!!!

    January 18, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    How do republicans criticize SP? Like porcupines making love – VERY carefully! Newt's having a lot of fun and attracting some attention, but he'll never survive the primaries. And that's a positive for us all!

    January 18, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The operative word here is "think" and Palin lacks that ability because she doesn't talk about policy, education, economy just street talk that amounts to nothing but a lot of noise and hate. Palin has been able to hide her disabilities by being loud and making outrageous comments and then going on defense.

    January 18, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    You need to be more careful as well GinGrinch. You haven't particularly watched your mouth as well with your hate rhetoric.

    January 18, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  8. Peace

    I do think Gingrich has been a bit diplomatic here. In a normal talking way like a layman; this means "she needs to shut up"!

    January 18, 2011 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. T'sah from Virginia

    [Palin's recent statements indicate she needs to "be more careful and think through what she's saying and how she's saying it."]

    The problem is – PALIN does not THINK and, she refuses to SHUT UP!!

    On another note – the ginGRINCH needs to take his own advice and THINK before he SPEAKS!! The RepubliCAN'Ts will come out ONE by ONE and inadvertently, DESTROY Palin. They will do it in stages – bit by bit – in an attempt to keep her followers at bay!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts will "backtrack" when it's too harsh (Christie) and then go forward when it's not harsh enough. It's called "WEENING AWAY FROM PALIN"...LMAO!

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in a positive direction!!

    January 18, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Carla

    It may indeed be with my first cup of coffee actually agreeing with something Newt says. @@

    January 18, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  11. Bill

    But remember, Mr. Lobster Thermidor, this is Sarah Palin and it's all about Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. This is rich. She will destroy the GOP.

    January 18, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Then why didn't she just say she was being falsely accused?? The real reason is her writer wrote it and she just read it. She is a loose cannon that is hurtful and destructive. She has no business in politics.

    January 18, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. fred

    Sarah Palin needs to go back to Alaska and spend the rest of her life counting her money. She is a hateful "divider" who speaks to what she considers the "real America." How moronic. What makes our country great is we're made up of all types of people. Maybe Sarah should leave her backyard and move to Russia, although I'm sure they'd be sick of her also within a few hours.

    January 18, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Faux Palin

    Once again, Half term governor Palin missed the mark on her segment last night on Fox.

    This woman simply does not get it. Palin is way out of the mainstream now. She prooved it last night.

    January 18, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Mike

    Gingrich says "What?" The guy doesn't shut up either, all he spews is hate!! Sarah is just an is Newt. No vision, just hate, and discrimination. Such a shame what the GOP has become. I was a Republican for 25 yrs, these people do not stand for me.

    January 18, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Palin has become more controversial, because she's become more desperate.

    I can't stand the Witch from Wasilla – but I hope she continues with her nonsense, to guarantee President Obama a second term.

    January 18, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. JustMe

    First of all, it doesn't matter what Sarah meant when she used that term, its the fact that she even used the term at all that has people so upset. If she doesn't get that then she is even more clueless than I thought (which is pretty clueless).

    As for Gingrich, I rank him about the same as Sarah as far as my chances of voting for either of them – zip, zero, nada!

    January 18, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. sara

    Newt Nutty as Ever. Do he really think that the HHS is a "left-wing" propoganda.

    January 18, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Amarissa

    Of course, what else would he say? He wants to win and she is in his way!

    January 18, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    thanks New-ter but she won't listen. All she cares about is the attention and $ she will get from the sheep. If you can, please run with her as a team for the GOP nomination. Nothing would make me happier than to see you go down in flames

    January 18, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Jack

    In Palin's interview on Fox she came across as defensive. She is too narcissistic to realize all this is not about her but she will continue to make it about her. A more savvy politician would dismiss the ciritcism and try to grasp at the bigger picture. She's much too self-absorbed for that. She despised taking advice and direction from McCain's campaign advisers so now she is free to self-destruct. The more she speaks the more she digs herself into a hole. This is just more examples of how she is in way over her head.

    January 18, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. PalmReader

    "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."

    But, Newtie, she wouldn't be nearly as funny if she did think through what she's saying and how she's saying it. In fact, she would be as complete a bore as you are.

    January 18, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Michael in Houston

    There is something profoundly "wrong" with Palin. She is not right....upstairs. She is unstable, an egomaniac, and lives in a world that is a perpetual fantasy beauty contest for her. Out from her mouth comes nothing but slop and the droning divisive cantor that we are incessantly exposed to from the right.
    She offers nothing. I have said it before...I would have bet the farm that this Nation could not find a more unsuitable candidate then George W. Bush. But I was wrong. How the right found the ONE person who could actually be worse then Bush staggers my mind. True, they had to go outside the lower 48 to find her but find her they did.

    January 18, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Whatever

    YAWN... let's talk revisit the Palin subject, if she is a candidate, before and after election day in November 2012!!

    January 18, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that Gingrich is correct in the statement that Palin needs to be more careful. She needs to look at history when she makes a statement that includes "blood libel." I don't know how she could have missed that. She doesn't know enough and isn't curious enough to be a good president. She doesn't want to learn, it appears, about all the issues and players out there in the world and US politics.

    January 18, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
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