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. Jose

    everyone keeps bringing up the newsletters forgetting that they were printed quite a distance from where Ron Paul was working as doctor (probably very busy) when there was no internet available, no cell phones (?), no texting. snail mail was the way to go. how was he supposed to keep up with every word printed under his name? everyone that knows anything about ron paul knows that those aren't his beliefs.

    newt gingrich is a clown, he's upset that he can't win iowa with only the media supporting him. maybe he should've tried actually campaigning in iowa and dropping some money to do so....ooops, he hasn't really raised too much money.

    Ron Paul 2012!! with or withot the media bias!!!

    December 27, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Kman821

    Yes, who could possibly be more qualified than Gingrich to set the bar for what defines a DECENT American??? I'd call Newt a pig, but pigs are intelligent and it would be a true disservice to swine.

    December 27, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Saboth

    Ho, that is rich. That any one of these candidates would state Ron Paul is out of touch with Republican ideals. I'd say 99% of Republicans in Congress are completely and utterly out of touch with the vast majority of Americans. I think they are probably in-touch with the rich and corporations. But your average American voter? Not even close. If I were Ron Paul, I would take it as a supreme compliment that he is out of touch with that party's ideals.

    December 27, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Howard

    I finally agree with Newt. I'm for Obama. But the only Republican I can even imagine being president is Huntsman.

    December 27, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Ashley

    Who cares if you won't vote Ron Paul????
    Ron Paul has enough votes to win the general elections, thing that you will never ever have. Ron Paul is the only GOP candidate that makes sense so my vote goes for him.
    If Ron Paul doesn't get the GOP nomination then I WON'T NEVER EVER VOTE RAPUBLICAN AGAIN AS I DID IN THE LAST ELECTION. So republicans dont have another option than to elect Ron Paul if they wanna win the general election because Paul's supporters will never vote republican but Obama or third party.
    You decide dumbs republincans!!

    December 27, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. brandon88

    expert liar, serial hypocrite. good job newt, bash ron, your wasting your own time in the campain and handing it over to ron paul.

    December 27, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  7. Howard

    Sjmfury, I think you mean aisle. Isle is wear Gilligan lives. Actually, when both sides attack, it means the man is doing something WRONG. At least in this case.

    December 27, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  8. Sassan

    Ron Paul and his fanatical supporters are anti-Israel, pro-Islamic terrorist, and anti-humanity. I hope Ron Paul wins Iowa so that the media finally starts to scrutinize his abhorrent record and positions. Ron Paul is clearly anti-American.

    December 27, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. Mark

    So if Ron Paul wins the nomination, Gingrich must vote for Obama. Say it out loud. SAY IT.

    December 27, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  10. gao xia en.

    Another reason to vote for Ron Paul. An anti-endorsement from business-as-usual.

    December 27, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Ron Kisiel

    Thanks Newt now people will know he is not like you, that's exactly what he has been saying. If anything that is the best endorsement against the status quo.

    December 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Jess

    What a liar! Ron Paul HAS, multiple times, disavowed the newsletters in question. We're talking about stuff 20+ YEARS ago, when Newt's infidelities and partnerships with Clinton & Pelosi are in the last 5-10 years. Gingrich's recent history is way more troublesome than Paul's distant history ever was.

    December 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. ProperVillain

    Great strategy Newt! If you can't debate RP's policies and theories just commence the trashing of them and move on. Unfortunately people listen to gas bags like Newt. Seriously America, WAKE UP! Our so called "leadership" on both sides of the aisle are only answerable to their corporate financiers. They have no interest in fixing anything. Part of things getting fixed is a new way of thinking and a radical change in direction. Do you really think any Republican or Democrat has the stones to do that?

    December 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  14. Kamela

    So are the members of the US active duty military, who actually fight these wars you start - who support Ron Paul in greater numbers than all the other Republican nominees combined - are these Ron Paul supporting military members the "indecent Americans" of which you speak, Newt? If so, then I am proud to stand with them!

    And BTW, a guy like you who traded in wives like used cars and then lied about it (see the recent CNN revelation of the court papers of his first divorce), actually has the nerve to use the word "decent" with a straight face? LOL! You really are a psychopath, aren't you?

    December 27, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  15. Rufrigginkidnme

    So if I understand this right what Newt said was like a double negative and he is really saying he digs everything Paul stands for? If only decent americans disagree then only indecent must agree and Newt is that so. Is my logic off?

    This is no big deal Paul said he wouldn't vote for Newt months ago – so did his supoorters.

    December 27, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  16. nytw

    Did Newt say just last week he was not going to run a negative campaign. The previous CNN blog post quoted him on that issue. Good to see he is as big as liar now as he was in the mid-1990s. Garbage like this is the problem not the solution.

    December 27, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  17. RWB1956

    Ron Paul is 75-76 years old! Why would anyone want to vote for someone that old for President? Plus it's alledged he's a very bigoted person. I don't want to live in the old days. This country needs to continue to go forward with the times. What worked 100 years ago won't work now. Thank God it won't be just fearful old people and haters going to the polls this coming election.WE won't be drinking the tea! We'll be there front and center. Have a nice day everybody!

    December 27, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. stovepipe johnson

    the joke of the day, gingrich

    December 27, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Real Patriot

    Well....I'm no fan of Ron Paul since he said he would let airplanes fall out of the sky-and the market would then flock to safe airlines...Hah...

    BUT...Gingrich, really--he barely avoided jail-had to resign-divorced his wife on her sick bed-led the impeachment of Clinton when he was schtupping someone other than his wife--I mean really-criticism from him is a bad thing?

    December 27, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  20. Michael

    Who cares whether the GOP will support Ron Paul especially members of Congress. Most of the politicians part of capital hill don't think our laws apply to them anyway. So it doesn't matter who they back!

    December 27, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  21. DaveinSC

    I'm no fan of Newt, but he made a good point about the Paul defense of his news letters. Who in their right mind would lend their name to a monthly news letter and never review it's policys or editorials? Makes condemnation of Obama for being responsible for Solybndra a little disingenuous.

    December 27, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  22. nota bobblehead

    I won't vote for either of them.

    December 27, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. stovepipe johnson

    wolf i would never thought you would be involved with the hit piece on dr paul walking out. i hope you were blind sided.

    December 27, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  24. Enken

    Please, Mr. Newt Gingrich, keep telling me I'm an indecent American.... I'll ponder on that while I'm off deploying for your sorry....

    December 27, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  25. katiepea

    sorry newt, ron pauls following is dramatically larger than yours and nobody really seems to care what you have to say, in fact, the mere fact that you WOULDN'T vote for ron paul is likely to be seen by the majority of the country as the BEST reason to vote for him. thanks for endorsing him

    December 27, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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