Gingrich admits mistakes
May 11th, 2011
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich admits mistakes

(CNN) - Former House Speaker New Gingrich admitted his worst mistakes ahead of his presidential announcement that is scheduled to come via Twitter and Facebook Wednesday.

"My two biggest mistakes were being undisciplined and that I didn't listen enough," Gingrich told the Washington Times in an article published Tuesday night. "I am working very diligently to be part of a team and to be sure that the team leaders have a lot of input, along with me.

During his four years as the top person in Congress, Gingrich said he "would talk to the press as a political analyst, instead of a Speaker of the House."

The former Georgia congressman was instrumental in putting together the 1994 Contract with America and leading the GOP to victory in the midterm elections that year, taking back control of the House for the first time in four decades. As Speaker, Gingrich became the face of Republican opposition to then-President Bill Clinton, but ultimately stepped down from his leadership post and resigned from Congress following setbacks in the 1998 midterm elections and amid some controversy.

"There were a lot of people giving me constructive feedback, and I wasn't listening," Gingrich said.

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. AverageGuyInRedStateKansas

    Mr. Gingrich, not only were you not listening then, you're not listening NOW! The office of President of the United States of America does NOT need to be further tarnished by a liar and philanderer.

    May 11, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    seems like he's going to be doing this for his whole campaign...and just like the right would have hammered Obama if he had such a past (and if he did he would NOT be POTUS right now for sure) the Dems and that "evil left wing media" need to go after Newt about it. The GOP has always been the one about family values and character. No sense backing away from it now.

    May 11, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Chas in Iowa

    Gingrich has been soiled beyond repair. He walked away from charges he mis appropriated funds, partisipated in election fraud, we all know he is a womaniser (he's good at trading off wives for the newer model like most people buy cars), he is only Christien when it is politically beneficial.
    This guy is a joke as a GOP candidate.

    May 11, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Michael in Houston

    you really have no idea how little we care about anything you say or do.

    May 11, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. robert shofler

    The Man has proved overand over, He is not a honest Man with the public and his family, He's waisting, His and America's time.

    May 11, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS

    "My two biggest mistakes were being undisciplined and that I didn't listen enough,"
    Undisciplined? You've got to be kidding me. Undisciplined is a term reserved for children. What you did Newt was outright adultery. You had an itch and wanted it scratched, while at the same time criticizing our President for his behavior.

    May 11, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Tex JB

    Yeah... Those were your biggest mistakes... (wink-wink)

    May 11, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Brad 5013

    I am seeking volunteers for the "Scarlet Letter Express" – a full-size RV with appropriate signage that will follow Gingrich to campaign stops to celebrate his adulterous affairs while he impeached Clinton for the same infraction. Anybody game?

    May 11, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. jpmichigan

    I have more respect for individuals who admit making mistakes and learn from them. Unlike our President who makes mistakes and gladly blames other for them!

    May 11, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. The Dude

    His biggest mistake is yet to come. Don't vote for this two-faced clown America.

    May 11, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. kierthos

    Gingrich obviously doesn't consider his marital infidelities and his ethics problems an issue worth mentioning. Good to know.

    May 11, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Sniffit

    He's just dogwhistling the GOP meme from last year during the 2010 election that "Obama and the Dems aren't listening" by pretending to turn it on himself in some rare and out-of-character spasm of introspective humility. Seriously. Newtered, humble? BWAHAHAHA...what a ridiculous notion.

    May 11, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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