Gingrich: Cruising to the nomination?
June 8th, 2011
02:33 PM ET
12 years ago

Gingrich: Cruising to the nomination?

Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed to CNN Wednesday that the presidential hopeful's campaign trail absence was because of a "planned vacation" with his wife, Callista.

With no warning, Gingrich fell off the Republican presidential candidate radar after his last public appearance on May 27th in Columbia, South Carolina. The timing fueled speculation about his candidacy because it was so soon after he made comments on House Budget chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare voucher plan that incited the conservative base.

Read Wolf Blitzer's take here.

Then a post on a shipliner review website called "Cruise Critic" listed the Gingrich couple as passengers (along with 1960s mod model Twiggy) on a cruise ship called the Seabourn Odyssey. That post piqued reporters' interest.

Although Tyler would not elaborate to CNN on Gingrich's whereabouts, in a similar query from Politico's Ben Smith, Tyler answered, "αριθ. Σχ?λιο," which Smith interpreted as "No comment" in Greek.

Previous itineraries are no longer available online, but also per Smith, "the ship departed from Piraeus, Greece on May 30th and docked in Istanbul, Turkey today, with stops along the way in Mylos, Patmos, Rhodes, and Mykonos."

The Seabourn Odyssey describes the ship and its accommodations with words like "luxury," "stunning," "expansive," "lavish" and "curated." Future cruises on the ship start at $2,699.

Along with the revelation that Gingrich maintained a hefty credit line at the jeweler Tiffany's, such travel accommodations give traction to the storyline that Gingrich lives as an "elitist," a label he has often used to describe liberals, politicians, judges and the media.

Gingrich returns to the trail today at an open media event in Hudson, New Hampshire.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Poor, guy. Newt Gingrich has been assimilated by the neo-cons.
    Don't think that the seniors have not noticed. (ibid. NY-26)

    June 8, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. bb

    And I'd have thought Newt would lay low for a few more days until the current talk about infidelity fizzled out. But I guess those credit card companies keep calling..

    June 8, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. Pravaa

    He is going nowhere. Wont be the nominee in a million years. Stop wasting space on him CNN.

    June 8, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    the presidential hopeful's campaign trail absence was because of a "planned vacation" with his wife, Callista.
    Que conveniente!
    Now the Rethugs are going to jump all over him about going on vaca while they are screwing us to the wall with Medicare, tax-cuts for Gingirich's peers, and the economy still not fully recuperated. I'm sure of it. Give them a moment.............

    June 8, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Dean

    Wondering what cruise lines do not describe their accommodations with words like "luxury," "stunning," "expansive," "lavish" and "curated."
    I guess all rich liberals confine themselves to Motel 6"s???????

    June 8, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |

    Sure, a vacation. Lizard blew up the Ryan plan and had to run from the wingnuts looking for his hide. Newt should now comment about Santorum wanting to kill Social Security.

    June 8, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Jake

    because that will bode well with running against someone on the economy...tanning his fat arse on a cruise ship!?!?

    June 8, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Cfrench

    For the one billionth time, typical republican. All the trappings of a high end life style and they try to say they're in touch with the lower and middle class. Bull.

    I really hope the American electorate will see what a mistake they made by handing the House to the fanatical right last year. They promised jobs, jobs, jobs, but where are they? I'll tell you where, waiting in line behind all the republicans religous, gay, abortion and gun issues. That's all that matters to them.

    June 8, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Jamie from Riverside

    What's the Greek word for: LOSER!

    June 8, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Realistic

    Think before you speak should be the mantra for all the want to be and has been & current politicians motto. Now Newt looks like an idiot because he himself is being a "elitist" with his lifestyle. Now its really no big deal because many of these has-beens, wanna bes and current crop are wealthy but it becomes a story when someone is calling the kettle black. Either way, Mrs.G is probably happy because she knows what happens when Newt works so hard for love of country, he cheats. Mrs.G is happy that she and her dough boy had some down so he wouldn't stray to far. Newt is the republicans old cast of idiots trying to join the new cast of idiots,

    June 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Dennis

    My first thought was Gingrich was "hiking the Appalachian Trail."

    June 8, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Don't criticize Gingrich for going on a cruise. Media attention was focused on Palin's historical circus tour and the announcements of candidacy by Romney and Santorum. Being a 2nd tier candidate, Gingrich wasn't going to get much media air time.

    June 8, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. w l jones

    With a large field of fellow Republican canidate, travel light my friend..Bless.

    June 8, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Nothing but the best for Callista so she can have the opportunity to wine and dine in her fine jewels and they probably purchased a vacation home. Must be nice to "cruise" around the World and come home and say I want to be President so I can fix the economy.

    June 8, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Republican Robber Baron

    It's not like Newt provided any real value to America or even his own party. No big deal if he cruises.

    June 8, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. amy

    Good old Newt! flip-flop king? I would expect the world right now,"Is laughing their butts off at us? There thinking," Here,s this Republican Party who has Rewarded failure,condoned greed and White collar Crime,and sent the world into Financial Disaster with them! Canada rewards education,give their citizens the right to Healthcare for the sick,Japan rewards and encourages education,not failure? Go figure? The Tea Movement is,a conglomarate of uneducated Lunatics who want to "Steal hard working americans medicare and social security, to pay off republican Plundering? They embarrass use "Real Americans?? SHAME!!!!!

    June 8, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Democrat Swamp Inspector

    The Seabourn Odyssey describes the ship and its accommodations with words like "luxury," "stunning," "expansive," "lavish" and "curated." Future cruises on the ship start at $2,699.
    Well of course they do dummy! Who would take a cruise on a ship described as average, smelly and cramped?! I guess you fools never heard of MARKETING? BTW, $2,699 is too bad for a cruise. I wonder how much taxpayers pay for one of Obama's golf outings? Probably far more.

    June 8, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Bush

    NEWT is not a serious candidate, Mitt has it locked up unless Perry gets in it.

    June 8, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. vatoloke

    The Grinch or Callista better not fall into the water because with all that Tiffany's bling they'll surly sink and drown.

    June 8, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Bill

    This bloated buffoon should stick to his lobster thermidor and book writing. He is a hypocrite and would have trouble getting elected dog catcher.

    June 8, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Greg in Arkansas

    The Titanic was not available.....would have been more fitting for his campaign

    June 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. ja

    with all of the marital infidelities, damm the gop has lowered its standards, he see a hot woman, the presidency can wait, how does it go, i had so much passion for america, therefore i was always aroused

    June 8, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. DA

    I don't know who comes up with the bylines for the ticker, but whew they really knows how to grab a person attention. LOL
    Newt Crusing – Really? LOL

    June 8, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |