Gingrich wouldn't vote for Ron Paul
December 27th, 2011
05:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich wouldn't vote for Ron Paul

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he wouldn't vote for Ron Paul if the Texas congressman won the 2012 GOP nomination.

Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich slammed Paul as out of line with mainstream Republican viewpoints, including his stance on Israel, Iran, and September 11.

"I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American," Gingrich said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Gingrich continued: "He's got to come up with some very straight answers to get somebody to take him seriously. Would I be willing to listen to him? Sure. I think the choice of Ron Paul or Barack Obama would be a very bad choice for America."

When asked if he would be able to vote for Paul if his rival won the 2012 GOP nomination, Gingrich said unequivocally "No."

"I think it's very difficult to see how you would engage in dealing with Ron Paul as a nominee," Gingrich said. "Given the newsletters, which he has not yet disowned. He would have to go a long way to explain himself and I think it would be very difficult to see today, Ron Paul as the Republican nominee."

Paul's role in writing newsletters with racist remarks came under increased scrutiny last week as polls showed the Texas rising in popularity among Iowa voters. The most recent, from the American Research Group, shows Paul, Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in a dead heat for first place. Paul has indicated he did not write all of the content in his newsletters and had not read some of it before publication.

In responding to negative ads Paul's campaign has released slamming Gingrich's record as a conservative, the former House speaker said the spots were inaccurate.

"You look at Ron Paul's record of systemic avoidance of reality, his ads are about as accurate as his newsletter," Gingrich said.

Gingrich named Paul's stance on Iran as representative of Paul's extremist viewpoints.

"He's not going to get the nomination. It won't happen," Gingrich said. "The people in the United States are not going to accept somebody who thinks it's irrelevant if Iran gets a nuclear weapon."

Paul's campaign responded to Gingrich Tuesday, calling his remarks "childish."

"Frustration from his floundering campaign has Newt Gingrich showing who he really is: a divisive, big-government liberal," Paul Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said. "Newt has a long record of standing against conservatives dating back to his support for liberal Nelson Rockefeller over Barry Goldwater, so this sort of childish outburst is nothing new."

Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. JoJo

    At least Ron Paul is consistent. The only thing consistent about Newt is his power-lusting ego-mania and desire to take any position which will get him elected. He's been very consistent about that.

    December 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  2. John

    Only goof thing about Ron Paul running is I get to vote against him one more time. I got moved into his district when the Texas Repubithugs, you know all those former Democrats, changed my district in a mid cycle change

    December 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. BobInIrvine

    Sjmfury: So if both sides of the aisle are attacking him, it's a given they won't work with him. Thus, he will not get any legislation passed and will make the Rethuglican intransigence seen with Obama seem like kindergarten. (Well, it's always a given that Rethugs will behave like kindergarteners.)

    December 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. TruthSpeaks

    Newt Would be Bad For America.

    December 27, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  5. Magnetic

    Timothy McVeigh the young veteran that bombed the Federal building in response to what the Feds did to the 83 (women and children) Branch Davidians. Some nutty religious people with guns all died and then Timothy killed 168 people on that anniversary, fine federal´╗┐ employees (women and children). All too tragic, too many innocent beautiful people died from this bad policy. Newt will have us at war with some other religious nut cases within 3 years. Iran is a lot bigger than Timothy or Iraq for that matter! We cant afford war! We can afford Ron Paul, not Newt!!!

    December 27, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. Luis Ovalle

    this guy has zero credibility to even be speaking. Ron Paul has been consistent with his message and if the country had followed his views all these years we would not be in a hole that we are in right now, the mainstream republican and democratic view is what has gotten us to this point of almost becoming a 3rd world nation. Our Education is poor, and 1 in every 2 Americans are not considered poor because of Bush Clinton, Bush Sr, and Regan, so Paul signifies real change by getting all these guys out of there period, GO RON PAUL you have my vote!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 27, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  7. John Marston

    I'd rather have Ron Paul any day, he's not extreme, he's sensible. Obviously Newt hasn't listened to a single thing Ron Paul says at debates. Out of all the candidates, Ron Paul is the only one whom actually makes sense and uses reason and more logic than any of the other politicians to substantiate his political opinions.

    December 27, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. tony

    I'm wondering whether Newt will be running against Tony Blair for Pope next.

    December 27, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. dianne

    I wouldn't vote for Newt Gingrich.

    December 27, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. Josh

    What I find disappointing is the lack of coverage over how overwhelmingly the military supports Ron Paul's candidacy. So many talking heads and chicken-hawk politicians claim to know what's best for America and completely ignore the voices of the one group of people who actually have any credibility on the topic. Gingrich is a political ghoul who would say anything to win the nomination. People who support Ron Paul are not decent Americans? He spits on men & women in uniform and nobody seems to notice – nobody seems to care.

    December 27, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. mike

    Uh, does anyone remember? Newt is part of the problem we now have. It was his congress all those years ago that started this mess, what and now were going to elect him as president to finish the job?

    Please, Newt your a disaster on all fronts. Go away and don't come back you lying sac of crap.

    December 27, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Kyle in Denver

    Newt says: "his ads are as accurate as his news letters." Newt was claiming that the news letters were true... so the ads against Newt are true. Good one Newt.

    December 27, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  13. Lyn K

    I am absolutely appalled with Newt's remarks. So much so, I am, for the first time, putting my two cents out on one of these comment boards. 1) Newt, like the rest of us, can vote for whoever he chooses and the fact he isn't choosing Ron Paul is just another plus for RP (I hadn't completely made up my mind but if anything, this might push me off the fence). 2) What does he mean by "disown the newsletters"? RP has been shouldering the moral responsibility while disavowing their contents for over 25 years. He has apologized, repeatedly. What more does Newt want? After all, wasn't Newt a serial cheater for decades and is now expecting us to believe he has "changed"? 3) As for Iran, I'm an Air Force veteran of 26 years and the last thing this country needs right now is to preemptively start another "war" based on inaccurate or incomplete intel. If Iran has a nuke, or is building one, so be it. They wouldn't be the first. Let's deal with it appropriately when it actually happens and when it is actually a threat to USA sovereignty. 4) Last but not least, the far right "Christian" conservative coalition seems to bear a striking resemblance to the radical "Islamic" extremists in that both groups seem to believe their viewpoints are the only valid ones and they will stop at almost nothing to shove their ideas down everyone's throats.

    December 27, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  14. BigD

    Newt Gingrich is the polar opposite of a "decent American."

    December 27, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. Don

    I really don't want to hear what you think of other candidates, just tell me why I should vote for you and what you are going to do differently!

    December 27, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  16. Lyn K

    P.S. What happened to Newt's pledge of "no negative campaigning"?

    December 27, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  17. mejazzbo

    Gingrich is the biggest snake in the field.

    December 27, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. TonyK

    Newt. A cold blooded reptile.

    December 27, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. Aaron

    Smug dough ball. I would argue too much of the same mainstream politicians from the left and the right is what's gotten us in trouble. Obama may be spending like made, but ask yourself if Bush cut the deficit, shrank spending, reduced the size of government or restrained government power? The answer to those questions is, "No!". So why would I want another mainstream politician? More of the same, just a different flavor?

    December 27, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. thomas jefferson

    anyone ever notice you will never see a Newt or Romney supporter post anything in comments section of any article about these guys? yes the MSM needs to hire more people on their staff to boost the comments in favor of their establishment candidates

    December 27, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Robert

    "I think Ron Paul's views are totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American,"

    Someone who has voted lockstep with our Founders is an indecent American? Newt is in lockstep with the 1% who steal our money, take our freedoms and destroy everything this Country is about.

    I'm one of the 1% who served, like Paul. Newt would send our Hero's to die for oil, greed and power, what is more indecent then that?

    December 27, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  22. SciGuy

    No surprise here, since Gingrich loves to strip away our liberties with big govt while Ron Paul loves liberty.

    December 27, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. denim

    Well, Newt Gingrich is certainly the person I'd listen to for any idea as to who was the right person for the job!

    December 27, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. hmmmm

    Isn't it now painfully obvious that the media is telling you who to vote for and who not to vote for, not merely reporting on the 'news'....hmmmm I wonder why...

    December 27, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Bill from Shoreham NY

    Hey Newt: newsflash: I am voting for Ron Paul in the NY primary and I am a decent American... at least compared to you.

    December 27, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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