Gingrich to gay man: Vote for Obama
December 21st, 2011
03:23 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich to gay man: Vote for Obama

(CNN) – Asked how he plans to engage the gay community in his bid for president, Newt Gingrich on Tuesday told a voter he wouldn't be the right choice for those basing their decision on the issue of same-sex marriage.

"If that's the most important (issue) to you, then you should be for Obama," Gingrich told Scott Arnold, a man who identified himself as gay.

"Okay. I am, but thank you," Arnold replied.

The comment ended a rather cordial exchange between the two at a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Arnold, an adjunct professor at William Penn University, approached the former speaker, asking Gingrich how he would sway voters who disagreed with him on same-sex marriage.

"How do you plan to engage and get the hope of gay Americans and those who support them?" Arnold asked.

Gingrich replied saying he doesn't expect to get the backing from voters solely focused on changing the definition of marriage.

"And I accept that that's a reality," Gingrich said.

Gingrich has frequently taken a conservative line on the issue. Last week, he signed a pledge with the National Organization for Marriage, promising, among many things, to back a constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and woman.

"On the other hand, for those for whom it's not the central issue in their life –if they care about job creation, if they care about national security, if they care about a better future for the country at large-then I think I'll get their support," Gingrich said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (554 Responses)
  1. Ex-republican

    Don't wory, Newt! Most people will vote for President Obama!

    December 21, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My question is: How many times can Newt shoot himself in the foot(feet?) before he keels over? How many bullets does he have in that gun of his?
    I guess I had two questions.

    December 21, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Looks like Newt was only in it for the book sales after all. How else can you explain his repeated attempts at self destruction?

    December 21, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. realitybites

    if they care about a better future for the country at large-then I think I'll get their support," Gingrich said.

    FOR NON GAY PEOPLE OF COURSE (tongue in cheek)

    December 21, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    The GOBP deathcult's "big tent" is about the size of a small one person pup tent right now. People the GOBP deathcult hates: The poor, the middle class, workers, women, gays, non-whites, environmentalists, religions that differ from twisted phony "Christianity" they claim, union members, public employees, soldiers, foreigners and whoever Fakes News or Rush Dumbo singles out.

    December 21, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. Luke Brown

    No one is talking about changing the definition of marriage ... just expanding it. What's wrong with having more people stand up in public in the sight of God and pledge their love, loyalty, and fidelity to the person with whom they want to spend the rest of their lives? If you believe in freedom for all, why limit Americans pursuit of happiness to just one group.

    Most man-woman marriages end in divorce, as Newt knows all to well. Maybe we should revisit the definition of marriage to make it more relevant to the reality of life in our country.

    December 21, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Independent Voters

    Newt will never be president how you going to discriminate against gays and you need there vote to win.
    Republicans are bunch of racist politician.
    President Obama 4 more years.

    December 21, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. movealongnow

    I'm not a Republican and I wouldn't even consider supporting him, but I have to admit it's a pretty good answer and the type of answer I wish more candidates would give on issues. You would get more respect from voters if you give an honest answer than scripted garbage we are getting now from both Dem's and Rep's.

    December 21, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Charlie in Maine

    Are you sure you have so much support that you can afford to alienate any group? You are the original "Fat Cat" and I wouldn't vote for you if you were the only candidate.

    December 21, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    It's Newt's world - he just allows some of us to be able to survive in it. Didn't you learn in the 1990's ??

    December 21, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt is running because it gives him a chance to meet women and make lots of money. In Newt's America, not all people can have equal rights.

    December 21, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    He finally popped. It was a little one because it doesn't offend a majority of people, but it is still a pop. I guess Newt is going to emit a series of little pops that insult a small electorate instead of one big serving of hubris that offends a majority.

    Let's review. He just insulted the gay community. He has insulted inner poor kids. I missed a couple more of them, I know.

    December 21, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. John

    If It came down to Newt Gingrich and President Obama ,than President Obama will win every time. Newt Gingrich Is a Crook and a Cheat and all he does Is LIE.

    December 21, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Niko_in_Rtchmond

    I love how this man consistently shows that he is not fit to be president. If you aren't going to be president for all Americans, why are you in the race? For Newt, the answer would be to sell books. He really doesn't want to be president; that would cosntrain his ability to peddle books.

    December 21, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Peace

    I thought every vote counts, BUT not to Newt it looks like!

    December 21, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. Failure is the Republicon legacy

    And if elected, just like every other Repub, Gingeritch will not respect you for who you are or consider your opinions if you do not agree with him.

    December 21, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    Newt's newly found Faith in the words of Jesus Christ hasn't made him very compassionate. Oh well, Jesus said the Father will judge us as we judge others.Matthew7,1.

    December 21, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    Now I am ROTFLMAO!!

    ►"If that's the most important (issue) to you, then you should be for Obama," Gingrich told Scott Arnold, a man who identified himself as gay.◄

    As if that is the MOST important issue to President Obama!!!! Really? On another note, maybe that was an important issue for the man but not the ONLY issue – NEWTron could have lost a vote being ignorant in his answer!!!

    Whew – this Reality Show is getting really good – You almost hate to take a break for commercials!!!

    Obama 2012 – Because he is for the DIVERSITY of America!!!

    December 21, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |

    Lizard is in free fall in the polls. Ron Paul is the flavor of this week. GOBP wingnuts hate him more than Lizard so this will be fun!

    December 21, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. melmor

    Where are the fiscally conservative but socially moderate candidates? There are so many Americans, including us gay folk, who fit this category but we have no representation. The "top tier" Republican candidates for President are so extreme socially that there is no way in the world I could give them my vote. It's not just about gay marriage...none of these candidates could even bring themselves to support the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and many stated in the debates that they would support reinstating the policy. How sad. Times are changing....don't they get it?

    December 21, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. macrasta

    wow.. if President Obama had addressed anyone in the public in that manner... Fox would run the sound bite 24/7 and calling for his head...

    December 21, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So who are the Log Cabin Republicans going to support this time out? The avowed Gay Bashers or the ones who ignore them and hope they will go away?

    December 21, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Vince

    Obama might not be great, but it beats having to have a little pink triangle patch put on my shirt...which is probably what will happen under a Tea Party president.

    December 21, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Patrick

    Add women and minorities to that. Oh and teachers. And...Unions..and........

    December 21, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Same old Newt Gingrich

    December 21, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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