Gingrich: I’m not a hypocrite
March 27th, 2011
01:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich: I’m not a hypocrite

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month.

“I think within a month, we’ll have that taken care of and we’ll be running,” Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s my hope that all of this will work out and I’ll be able to run.”

Gingrich touted his “very good team” and the reception he has received during appearances in early presidential primary and caucus states.

“I have recently been in South Carolina, New Hampshire, Iowa, the places you need to go, as well as Texas, Florida and North Carolina,” Gingrich said. “The water is pretty warm. My hope is that within a month, we’ll be in swimming there very rapidly.”

The former Georgia congressman, who has been married three times, also addressed his past indiscretions - a perceived weakness for the potential candidate - saying he did things of which he is not proud.

“I don’t think I’m perfect. I admitted I had problems. I admitted that I sought forgiveness,” Gingrich said. “But I also think over time, if you look at my record, I’m a pretty effective leader.”

When asked if his involvement in the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton for lying under oath was hypocritical given his own past, he said “no,” because he was focused on the law, not Clinton’s private life.

“It’s not about personal behavior … it’s not about what he did in the Oval Office. You can condemn that. You can say it’s totally inappropriate,” Gingrich said. “But it was about a much deeper and more profound thing, which is: Does the president of the United States have to obey the law?”

Did he ever think that he “shouldn’t be throwing stones?”

“No,” Gingrich said. “I thought to myself if I cannot do what I have to do as a public leader, I would have resigned.”

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  1. James klimaski

    It is not that just he is a hypocrite, he is a baltant opportunist who will say anything to anyone to get elected. Not at all someone you can trust with power.

    March 27, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Positive

    Very poor attempt to justify action as not hypocritical. It doesn't work on any level.

    Also, lastest hypocracy in saying what he would do as President about Libya and the once the President had done it, stated he would never do that. It's all too ridiculous!

    March 27, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Chris

    Gingrich, you are the epitome of hypocrisy.

    March 27, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. bobby

    Gingrich is a liar and a hypocrite.

    March 27, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Tim

    Say what you want, you were, are, and will always be a hypocrite.

    March 27, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Levin

    Go for it Newt! Given your past and present hypocritical buffoonary, you'll fit in very nicely with the current crop of GOP hopefuls.

    March 27, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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