Cheney: Don't underestimate Gingrich
December 12th, 2011
07:32 PM ET
11 years ago

Cheney: Don't underestimate Gingrich

(CNN) - One of Newt Gingrich’s high-profile former colleagues warned other GOP White House hopefuls against misjudging the former House speaker’s election prospects.

Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, former Vice President Dick Cheney said he knew Gingrich well and had positive reviews of his political prowess.

“The thing I remember about Newt, we came to Congress together at the same time, '78, and when Newt showed up, he said, ‘We can become the majority. We can take back the House of Representatives,’” Cheney said on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

He continued, “We hadn't had the House since the 1940s. And initially, none of us believed it, but he was persistent. And he was tenacious. He kept it up and kept it up and kept it up. And finally by '94, he's the newly elected speaker of the House of Representatives with a Republican majority.”

Cheney said the success Gingrich enjoyed as a political player should serve as a warning to his fellow candidates.

“I wouldn't underestimate him,” Cheney said.

Cheney has not made an endorsement in the 2012 primary race, saying he’s been too busy with other commitments to fully enter the campaign process.

“I have not endorsed anybody,” Cheney said. “I've stayed religiously out of the fray on our side this year. I've been trying to sell books. And that's where my effort's been focused.”

Burnett asked Cheney if he would advise Obama to switch vice presidential candidates in the 2012 election.

“Any advice I’d give Barack Obama today would be, take a look at it,” Cheney said. “Because there are a lot of good people out there. And it's not personal. You go out and find the best candidate you can to run. And maybe, if he goes through that process, he'd end up with Joe Biden. On the other hand, there are people like Hillary Clinton, for example, your first woman vice president, that might have a certain appeal.”

Filed under: 2012 • Dick Cheney • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Name king

    What will be different with gringrich from the rest of the trouble field? Oh nothing! Lesson the repubs philosophy of making the rich richer and deregulating is setting our country up for disaster. The last time the rich was super rich and we didn't have a middle class, we were in the great depression. We twice as bad as the great recession now, because we are in a global market, and if America demand power dwindles ,big corporations will find demand overseas quickly, now who will get trickled on now repubs.

    December 12, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  2. Bammer 52

    WOW, Finally the Truth has come out. Cheney telling us to not underestimate Gingrich, that's like one snake in the grass telling us to watch out for another snake in the grass

    December 12, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  3. lynn

    Speaking as an experienced slime. They both know the inside of a septic tank.

    December 12, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. reacharound

    Wow, a non-endorsment from Cheney. RUN!

    December 12, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  5. amac

    Getting Dick Cheney's endorsement for the presidency is like getting the kiss of death.

    December 12, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. William

    UNITED, WE STAND! My fellow Independents, Conservatives, Republicans: Let's UNITE!

    December 12, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  7. Thinker

    Both sides are bought.

    December 12, 2011 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. GM Graham Jr

    Let's pray and hope for Newt Gingrich to WIN big!
    He is the best GOP, I like him and he is a great debater,
    I think he was a great, SPEAKER Of THE HOUSE.
    and he will be a great President, we also need to remember
    that we all make mistakes, don't let that stand in the way.
    GO GO!!! are the man for this Country.

    December 12, 2011 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Max

    Cheney Advised Obama?

    He cares less about Obama and would willingly give him the worst of advises. Anyway, Obama will probably just ignore Cheney...he never has anything good to say about Obama despite Obama's enormous level of success!

    Cheney should offer up himself and George W. Bush to the war crime tribunal. They are both guilty of war crimes in Iraq. Obama would advise him to do so as quickly as possible.

    December 12, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  10. Tired of the nonsense

    No, I never underestimate greed and narcissism embodied in the GOP politicians. It's pretty obvious that it's there and should be voted out whenever possible.

    December 12, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  11. independent

    Look who came out of the bunker? I wonder how he keeps that tan in there?

    December 12, 2011 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |