Gingrich compared to Reagan in Newsmax Iowa special
December 31st, 2011
10:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich compared to Reagan in Newsmax Iowa special

(CNN) - Newt Gingrich, the subject of seemingly endless negative advertising in Iowa, will get some positive reinforcement on television this weekend when the conservative publication Newsmax airs a half-hour special promoting the candidate.

The "The Newsmax 2012 Election Special," hosted by Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, will air on "major broadcast outlets" in Iowa throughout the weekend, according to the publication.

In the special, Reagan suggests Gingrich is the candidate to carry on the legacy of his father.

"We are featuring a person that we believe will help continue my father's vision," Reagan says. "A man who fought in Congress for my father's programs. A man who believes that President Obama's vision for America is a dangerous one, and must be stopped and reversed. We believe that person in Newt Gingrich."

Speaking in front of a photo of the Iowa statehouse, Reagan acknowledges the onslaught of attack ads against Gingrich, saying the Newsmax special will help dispel false notions about the candidate.

"Recently you've been hearing a lot about Speaker Gingrich. Millions of dollars in ads have been spent in negative ads against him. But lets talk about the real Newt Gingrich," Reagan says.

The program includes biographical details about Gingrich's early life, as well as an interview with the candidate.

Gingrich is in sore need of some positive attention on Iowa television – a recent analysis found 45% of all political ads in Iowa attacked the former House speaker. Only 6% were pro-Gingrich.

Newsmax originally planned a debate with the 2012 GOP presidential candidates, but postponed the event after moderator Donald Trump withdrew. Newsmax said the Gingrich special "is featured in lieu of the Newsmax Republican presidential debate."

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Ronald Reagan
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Green

    So he is going to raise taxes 9 times, arm Iran, and put 4 trillion dollars more worth of debt on the books, Union bust, and payoff big companies. Sounds like a great president rolleyes

    December 31, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Rove and the Kochs are steamrolling all other republican candidates with their scorched earth policy of destroying everyone but Mittens.

    December 31, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Similarities with Reagan are many and that is why Gingrich would make an excellent President.

    Unfortunately, he has been besieged by attacks and smears coming from the MSM, DNC/Axelrod and other GOP Candidates.

    December 31, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Lee

    Reagan actually falls short of Gingrich.
    Reagan only cheated on one wife.
    Reagan was never caught with his hand in the cookie jar in an ethics scandal.

    December 31, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Jason

    Reagan has said that Ron Paul needs to keep fighting for this country.

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity and democracy?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 31, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Marcus

    Keith in Austin
    It's not 'smear', it's what he left behind or if you prefer, his past. A very public one BTW, and one that does not need lies and the likes to look bad.

    December 31, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Keith – You are kidding right?

    December 31, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why don't right wingnuts realize that it is republicans who are destroying the clown show on behalf of Mittens?

    December 31, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Keep in mind that foreign owned media, Fox, along with Kochs and Rove, as well as the republican candidates themselves, are smearing republican candidates. Real American media is just reporting the republican clown show.

    December 31, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Debby

    I will not vote if this guy gets the nomination and I know others that won't either. We don't need a dictator run White House.

    December 31, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Debbie

    LOL. 1) Gingrich is nothing like Reagan in character. 2) Michael Reagan is selling his Dad for his own political gain. His brothers and sisters must be so proud. LOL 3) If Gingrich is like Reagan it will be issues like Iran Contra.

    December 31, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. sensible

    ....and 'the grinch' looks a lot like what Mr. Reagan would look like today(being dead this long).

    December 31, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. sensible

    sort of bloated.....just saying.

    December 31, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. george of the jungle

    I bet Reagans other son Ron doesn't think he is like his dad. I hope he is not like anyones dad. Just stay in Austin Keith. Your idea of a good president sucks.

    December 31, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. sensible

    He DOES have the hair, but they are different in the fact that Ronald Reagan was LIKEABLE!!!!!!

    December 31, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. sensible

    On second thought, I think Newt looks more like the chimp!

    December 31, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Kenneth Close

    Apparently from the Comments I have seen about Reagan, some folks in here need to purchase a book on history. There are many comments which are simply wrong. Reagan added $2 Trillion Dollars latter which he regretted in his presidential dairy, Lowered taxes on reach and middle class, the Democratic Congress then raised other taxes to compensate, Traffic Controllers strike takes one third of your economy away at the time and guess who gets laid off ( Middle Class). Reagan's wife filled for divorce over his growing political activities.

    Now for Gingrich; the smartest candidate in the race when it comes to facts and figures. Shortcoming is Newt's street smarts are shall we say less than desirable acts of maturity.

    I see Ron Paul desirable because he wants Government out of our lives. Problem; I don't think he could beat Obama, unless the economy is still almost stalled. Right now I see Obama as Elected.

    December 31, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    So far GOP candidates didn’t propose any plan “how to fix our economy or create jobs”
    What they proposed
    1) 9-9-9 then candidate suspend his campaign
    2) Small government no more department 1, 2 then Oops
    3) NO health insurance dies soon
    4) More attacks on debate moderators or call the moderators to rescue them “Anderson”
    5) No respect for Gay soldier
    6) $10,000 nothing for candidate
    Ronald Reagan won’t endorse or support these candidates I bet

    December 31, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Luke Brown

    Reagan was a guy who realized thevalue of consensus. He wasn't duplicitous or mean-spirited. He didn't run around on his wife. He had compassion for people, and he didn't hate gays.

    Gingrich is no Reagan.

    December 31, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |