Gingrich’s leadership ‘lacking,’ says Sen. Coburn
December 4th, 2011
02:12 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich’s leadership ‘lacking,’ says Sen. Coburn

(CNN) – A conservative Republican on Sunday openly balked at the idea of a Newt Gingrich presidency, basing his qualms on the former House Speaker’s leadership while in Congress.

“I’m not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich, having served under him for four years and experienced, personally, his leadership,” Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn told “Fox News Sunday."

Coburn said he often found Gingrich’s leadership “lacking” in Congress, but he declined to provide specifics.

Gingrich has surged to the top of national polls for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but hasn’t yet won over Coburn.

“I will have difficulty supporting him as president of the United States,” Coburn said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Tom Coburn
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Max Powers

    Tell it like it is. For a Republican, you're only half bad.

    December 4, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. kenny

    WOW..........A Republican with a memory and a bit of common sense.

    December 4, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. informed voter

    Wow, they are crawling out of the woodwork to tell it like it is about Gingrich. I can't believe anyone with a functioning memory would want this morally challenged blowhard running the executive branch. How many more of his former co-workers will come forward to say how unprincipled and ill fit he is for President? Obama 2012, seriously.

    December 4, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. ST

    Sen. Coburn is quite right. Gingrich totally lacks leadership. Who can support him for the higher position while he messed up his position as Speaker and left with no honor.

    December 4, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. steven harnack

    He owes it to Americans to get specific about this amoral little demagog.

    December 4, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Sen Coburn is right on about Newts leadership qualities .

    But who is Coburn supporting , Rick Perry ?

    December 4, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. P.R.

    Next up the Teapublicans will field Tom Delay as a candidate. With Chuck Norris as VP. Absurd? Not in 2011's politics.

    December 4, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. george of the jungle

    HEY someone saying what many of us already know. Ol Newt is a loose cannon and will say what ever pops into his head. This would go over great on the world stage. Besides he would be trying to make private deals with world leaders to line his pockets. Some of you are two yong to know the real Newt. take a look at his record and his morals stink too.

    December 4, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If leadership is truly lacking, that makes Newtron a typical republican. Fire Boner!

    December 4, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. Mauri

    We who remember the Gingrich, Delay and Armey as the angry trio of the 90s, know why Gingrich MUST NOT be the Republican nominee. They are the ones who established and carried out the hatred, mean-spirited campaign that brought about the bitter and uncompromising clash between the two parties. Until his is reversed, NO president will ever be effective again. Mitt Romney is smart, articulate and would not govern with that bitter, radical mantra that Gingrich continues to live by. Put children to work? Call Freddie M and Fannie M traitors with one hand while he had the other in their till - calling his involvement "historical consulting." Vote Gingrich down now!

    December 4, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    Just like the LAST attack against Cain – that came from the RIGHT (and they tried to make the listeners believe it was from the LEFT) – the NEXT attack will also come from the RIGHT and it will be against ginGRINCH!! Too bad all of his DIRT is already out there – but I knew there a a few million that never heard it before!!!

    Obama 2012 – He has already been vetted and has a true mission to "Win the Future!!!"

    December 4, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    Meant to say – "but I know there are a few million out there that never heard it before..." (Typing too fast!)

    December 4, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. skokie

    Good tell the truth amd don't apologize if they come after you.

    December 4, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Don’t worry Mr.Coburn you will have four more years of Obama

    December 4, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Clwyd

    Just keep eating your own! We love it! We all know that none of them are qualified!

    December 4, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. GJ

    If you can't win over a GOP Senator from Oklahoma, good luck in the general Newt.

    December 4, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Phil from Aztec

    It says a lot when a high-profile Senator will not openly back the current front-runner of his party because of his past experiences with him.

    December 4, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Drew

    You tell them Tom!!

    December 4, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. boozy

    No never closed...

    December 4, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Ted van Tol

    I love it! By nov. there will be no serious candidate left!

    Obama/Clinton 1012!

    December 4, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I love it when the GOP eats it's own! LOL

    December 4, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Bushper

    Lack and failure of leadership is the stock in trade of the GOP.The lazy Republicans in congress sit on their hands instead of helping President Obama and the Democrats create jobs for the middle class. Now that's leadership GOP style.

    December 4, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Dixie AZ

    I'm an old broad. I remember Newt during his years in congress. Newt's primary concern is what's good for Newt. And nothing else.

    December 4, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. poopmeister

    That should speak volumes; even the right doesn't want Newt in office. Maybe the republicans should throw in a new candidate, I hear Bozzo the clown is available for gigs.

    December 4, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. terje

    Given that in 2000, Tom Coburn endorsed the crazy Alan Keyes for President, it says something that even he thinks Newt Gingrich is "lacking." How low does he have to go to think Keyes had the leadership required, but Gingrich doesn't?

    December 4, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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