Gingrich on budget deal: 'First big step in the right direction'
April 9th, 2011
11:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich on budget deal: 'First big step in the right direction'

Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich applauded House Republicans on Saturday for negotiating a last minute budget deal that avoided a government shutdown.

But Gingrich, a possible candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, predicted that the showdown over this year's spending bill will pale in comparison to upcoming fights over the debt ceiling and the 2012 budget.

"It's the first big step in the right direction," Gingrich said of Friday's late budget deal. "John Boehner got the largest spending cut in history."

Gingrich spoke to CNN before addressing the Greenville County Republican Party convention in South Carolina, one of the first four early voting states on the presidential nominating calendar.

He pointedly blamed President Barack Obama for letting the budget talks take the government to the brink.

"If the president had spent as much time negotiating a budget deal as he spent on picking the Final Four, none of which got there, or as he spent kicking a soccer ball in Brazil, they might have gotten this done a week earlier," he told CNN.

House Republicans should pressure President Obama to submit his budget proposals sooner rather than later, he said.

"If he doesn't like Paul Ryan's budget, which I think is historic in its scale, then the president ought to be challenged to bring in his version before they even get to the debt ceiling." Gingrich said.

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  1. diridi

    This is a victory for Dems and Obama....o.k...I bet he lacks brain....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 9, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. Clwyd

    Newt! WRONG! Where are the jobs bills you religious nuts from the right promised? Not one piece of legislation! Only attacks on the poor, social programs to help them, women and middle Americans?

    April 9, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. brad

    Don,t thank your party Ginggretch? They just had to for go their "Abortion Pandering". Meanwhile,our Troops families had to worry to the "Last Minute" whether they will feed their families or Not! Your party are nothing but Liers,and Inhumane! Pat Yourselves on the back, you did Nothing?

    April 9, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  4. lgny

    Stop talking winners and losers. It should be about collaboration and compromise. People can disagree and still work together. That's a lesson Congress badly needs to learn.

    April 9, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt Gingrich was the first to say shutdown government which meant he wanted to throw Boehner, Republicans and the American people under the bus in hopes of not standing alone in his own legacy of failure. Republicans would be a fool to support Newt, he's self absorbed, lies christianity and even went so far as to lie and say his marital affairs resulted from the pressures of working in government. President Obama and many others who work in government aren't having affairs and he has worse pressures than Newt. Newt's a slimeball, always has been and always will be.

    April 9, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. w l jones

    If the government would stop all this pac monnies right off and go straight to US treasure our country would have a surplus every year.

    April 9, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Rope-a-dope

    Newtie, You've had your chance at making a difference-AND YOU BLEW IT-now go away!! The train has left the station.
    You can't call it anymore. You pathetic old fool. I think Presidaent Obama can handle you and the GOTP.
    Bring It!!

    April 9, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. alvin1

    Newt needs to concentrate on Trump and don't worry about Obama. It appears that not many people are listening to him.

    April 9, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. alvin1

    Just like Rush and Hannity, Newt doesn't influence anyone. They see a parade coming and try to jump in front of it. But they always end up cleaning behind the elephants.

    April 9, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Our President proved ONCE AGAIN to be the only adult in the room, with the teatards whining and threatening and the weeper bawling like a little girl. Primay him - he's the worst speaker since Gincrich (and HE got fired).

    April 9, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  11. catmom

    The President spent probably 20 minutes on picking the final four and spent a little time kicking a ball in Brazil and you think that had anything what so ever to do with Republicans holding the country hostage over Planned Parenthood and the other programs they wanted to kill just because they have never liked them? The President isn't brain damaged as you seem to be! You did forget that you thought it was a good idea to shut the country down because you were upset about your seat on Air Force One, right? That went well for you didn't it?

    April 9, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. KatR

    The President has already submitted his 2012 budget...long before Ryan's version was released. I have read both. Obama makes several cuts in his proposal that I'm guessing GOP reps aren't even aware of. Obviously, those cuts are considerably less draconian than the Ryan proposal. Hopefully, our reps on both sides of the political aisle will compare the two proposals and compromise on final appropriations. However, watching the budget battle over the last couple of days I'm not real hopeful. Especially, when GOPers like Newt keep slamming the President regardless of what he does/does not do.

    April 9, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Howard

    $38.5 Billion is a drop in the bucket, but it's a start towards dramatically reducing the out of control, irresponsible multi-trillion dollar, pork laden democratic budget. The Republicans have an up hill, but necessary fight ahead, over the debt ceiling, and more cuts. Of course there are some trolls who are still blaming this on Bush, or the Tea Party, even though Obama has spent more money in two years, than all the Presidents before him COMBINED. The only way to save America, is to dump Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and the rest of the self-serving corrupt democrats !!!

    April 9, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. mesamick

    It's a step in the right direction for sure...If you're a Hoover fan like the government on the cheap tightie-righties and tea potty types who prefer a 2nd Great Depression over having large middle working class in this country...

    Guess they believe that once we have 25%-plus unemployment, bread lines and soup kitchens again there will be another miracle of the loaves and fishes to feed 80% of the people in this country...Riiiiight.

    April 9, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. RX

    Obama is a liberal. The senate is controlled by the democrats. The only obstructionists in this battle are the liberals refusing to cut entitlements in this age of globalization.

    The entire democratic party is controlled by special interests - a.k.a. freeloaders. Obama his cohorts would have no chance for reelection with responsible cuts to the budget.

    April 9, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. Republican Robber Baron

    That's a bunch of bull Newt...and you know it. 1% ? That is so minuscule it won't amount to much of anything. Look in the mirror pal. It was President Bush that gave away many billions in ridiculous tax cuts to the wealthy that didn't ask for and didn't need cuts. Then at the same token, he led the largest increase in spending in our history on phony wars we didn't need to make Darth Cheney a boat load of $....and increased spending on a ton of new stuff that we didn't need. We already have tons of law enforcement resources....use what we already have and make them reallocate their existing resources...not run up a huge spending bills.

    April 9, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. TomNPitt

    Gingrich – such old news. We have a steady diet of Trump. Bachman, Palin and Gingrich. None of which have an opinion of any sort not given them by their puppeteers. I want to know what these cuts are. All we hear about are numbers. I'd like a follow up at the end of the year to see if these numbers were actually met. I'd be willing to bet these numbers are all about shuttin' us all up. The Tea Baggerz wanted 100 – Boner wanted 30 – the Democrats gave him 38. Everybody wins – right? Tea Baggerz don't get the number they want, but they do get the biggest cut in history. The Democrats show they gave Boner 120% of what he asked – their constituents wanted concessions. And Boner comes away lokking like he stuck to his guns getting more than what he asked for. It's all theater. I'd be more interested in knowing what we were gonna buy that we didn't because of all this drama. I'd be willing to bet nothing! Everybody still gets what they want.

    April 9, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. lou

    Why is it that folks in Washington do not seem to understand how our system of government works? It is not the job of the order of the submit a budget. It is the Congress's job to do it. Obama already submitted a 'road map' budget, of things he would like to see done. This practice just became customary within the last 20 years for presidents to do, but it is not required in the constitution. The congress hold the purse strings. The president holds the pen of approval or veto.

    April 9, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Virginia Redhead

    This is coming from the same guy who publicly counseled Republicans not too long ago that a shutdown would be a good thing? Does he even have any sort of moral or philosophical ground to stand on?

    April 9, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. bernie

    The Republicans know they lost,but they will continue repeating they won in an attempt to comfort themselves.They had a game plan to force a shutdown so the president and the Dems would have gotten the blame.President Obama played his cards right, he forced the republicans to negotiate by highlighting that his party had gotten beyond the middle but the republicans wouldn't budge.

    BTW Newt Grinch need to shut up,the more he speaks the more stupid he sounds

    April 9, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. peace

    no old man this is a victory for president obama. prez wanted a thirty something cut from the begining bone head wanted a bigger cut aleast that what he lied to the tp about. so the prez is the winner here

    April 9, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. carrotroot

    Newt, this type of brinksmanship from the Republicans is NOT appreciated. Instead of striking a deal early and moving forward on to other legislation, your party dragged this out until the 11th-hour.

    April 9, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  23. Former Repulican now a Democrat

    Gingrich is a buffoon ! He was say last week that a shut down was a good thing . Now he is trying to take credit for it being avoided ! This man is truly disgusting ! This is a victory for the president and the Democrat's and Newt the Grinch know's it !

    April 9, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  24. patty

    If it only took as long to solve as to pick the final 4 wouldn't that have been wonderful. Is this man for real? What did that take 5 minutes??????

    April 9, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. RiffRaff

    Wow,today its Boehner got the biggest spending cut in history! They really are spinning the machine. I thought they wanted $100billion in cuts? They take 38.5bil and theyre all geniuses. Obama & Dems win again. He can tout this wonderful accomplishment himself,all the way to re-election. TG cuz the loonies on the right are stupid kinda scary. At least Dems can do math and govern. I do wanna know what cuts make up the $38.5billion tho. What did the dems agree to cut? The repugs never had any interest in cutting the deficit-the budget deals proves that. No deficit just ideology. Ryan's idiotic plan wont fly-especially in the Senate. And now that Newt challenged The President, you can bet that Obama will have a plan to compete w/Paul's. The problem is a Dem cant get their plan voted on unless Boehner&Co say its ok.

    April 9, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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