Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies'
January 25th, 2012
10:11 AM ET
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Gingrich: Pelosi lives in land of 'strange fantasies'

(CNN) – The feud between two former House speakers continued Wednesday, with Newt Gingrich pushing back against Nancy Pelosi's claims that Gingrich "will never" win the White House.

"She lives in a San Francisco environment of very strange fantasies and very strange understandings of reality," Gingrich said on NBC's "Today." "I have no idea what's in Nancy Pelosi's head."

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The House minority leader strongly insisted Tuesday night on CNN's "John King, USA" that Gingrich could never become president, saying he's done "plenty of dumb things."

"There's something I know, the Republicans, if they chose to nominate him, that's their prerogative. I don't even think that's going to happen," Pelosi warned.

Her comments set off a firestorm of speculation over whether Pelosi was implying she knew something about the candidate that could potentially damage his candidacy. The inflection in her voice, however, indicated she felt strongly that Gingrich was not qualified for the Oval Office.

Asked Wednesday morning about the interview, Gingrich said if Pelosi was hiding something she should name it.

"I have a simple challenge: Spit it out," Gingrich said.

Pelosi confirmed Wednesday that Pelosi was simply suggesting she believed Gingrich to be unelectable.

“Any reference I would make to the Ethics Committee is confined to the public record," Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi made headlines in December when she said in an interview that she had information on Gingrich that would be released "when the time's right."

Her office later clarified her remarks, saying Pelosi was referring to the public record on Gingrich's 1997 ethics violation in the House, the records of which are online.

The House minority leader's name is frequently used as an attack line against Gingrich on the campaign trail, with rivals blasting the former speaker for pairing up with Pelosi in a 2008 commercial urging the country to "take action" on climate change.

Gingrich has repeatedly described the commercial as "the dumbest" move he's made in recent years.

- CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.

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soundoff (338 Responses)
  1. Bruce

    And this is coming from a guy who got kicked out of being the speaker? Yeah, that's a lot of street cred. And yeah, to Blake up above, we in California, who are not all natives, are all nuts, That's why we would have the 8th biggest economy in the world if we were a separate nation.

    January 25, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. Shannon

    I would say it's the family values right that has the fantasy. They are voting for Newt, that shows once and for all how phony their values really are.

    January 25, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Bdl1978

    strange fantasies? And what would you call religion there Newt

    January 25, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Harry Baxter

    Every time that Newt criticizes Nancy Pelosi, he increases my estimation of her. What exactly is your problem with her, Newt? Are you jealous that she's been able to serve as Majority and Minority House Leader without committing any ethical lapses that lead to her dismissal from her post, like some people that you know? Are you trying to tie her to San Francisco because of the lifestyles that you hate and fear. Get a shrink fast, Newt. You're in dire need of one. While you're there check with him on his thoughts about guys who get excited when they see a woman blowing on a French Horn.

    January 25, 2012 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. MikeDeAng

    very presidential of ya Newt....though comforting to know that even the GOP leadership agrees with Nancy on this one....

    January 25, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. ebenezar

    It shows Nancy Pelosi's character to hold information over Newt Gingritch and the American voters head. It is borderline EXTORTION. If a senator is allowed access to privileged information, that information should not be used as an inflammatory threat. Democrats should be outraged that the people representing them are acting in this third grader mentality. It is sickening that Pelosi spouts off her mouth and acts like she is J Edgar Hoover holding secrets over other peoples heads. Is that really the person Californian wants representing them? Ask yourself this, if Pelosi has dirt on Gingritch and hasn't came forward with it, I wonder how many people she is bribing with her safety deposit box of dirt she keeps on people. Because apparently that is the type of person and politician she is.

    January 25, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Heyo

    @TRH that is what is shocking to me. Obviously this entire interaction between Gingrich and pelosi is simply political banter, but for Gingrich to call out a highly populated area of California like that is mind boggling. I would have thought his political advisors would have done their job and advised him to avoid alienating any significant population of voters when responding to pelosi's attacks.

    January 25, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Len Smith

    Nancy Pelosi was a far more effective Speaker of the House of Representatives than the "Newt" could ever be. She knows what she is doing and she works for all of the American people. One of the great Speakers and will go down in history near the top.

    January 25, 2012 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. TomKas

    OMG Nancy is having a HIGH school flashback. "I know something and I'm gonna tell" What a clown she is.

    January 25, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. Chris from California

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned... and she wasn't one of your wives. Newt, if a woman says to the nation that you won't be nominated yet alone elected as the next president! and says it with that look of (no dear it's okay just go to sleep) look on her face. You better seriously think about it for a minute before you start slamming her, and in case you hope she forgot about your ethics violations think about what she said.

    January 25, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. OrangeW3dge

    Either side seems to know what "The American People" are thinking or wanting, but if that is so why can't they act in the interest of the people. just STOW it. (Stop The Obstructionist Way)

    January 25, 2012 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. db

    Hey Nanc, tell us what you know rather than letting the American people waste their time evaluating a candidate that will never get nominated per your prediction.

    January 25, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  13. tor5

    So Newt thinks San Francisco is a land of “strange fantasies.” What kind of fantasies do you have in mind, Newt? Say, philandering and open marriages? Sounds like you’d be right at home.

    January 25, 2012 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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