November 7th, 2012
08:08 AM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich: 'I was wrong'

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who predicted Mitt Romney would win the presidential election in a clear victory, conceded Wednesday morning that his expectations were off.

"I was wrong," Gingrich said on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

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The former presidential candidate, who at one time ran as a fierce opponent against Romney in the GOP primary, said the president had a "very effective campaign." He also argued Republican leaders and GOP political observers were not in tune with what the population at large was seeking in a president.

"I think the country was looking at a different set of things than we were looking at," he said. "Republicans are going to have to take a very serious look at what happened and why did it happen and why were we not more competitive at the presidential level."

Handicapping the race, Gingrich had previously said Romney would get 53% of the popular vote and 300 or more electoral votes.

"This is a very serious moment," he argued. "Those of us who are Republican activists and some of the supposedly best analysts on our side in the conservative movement were just wrong. We have to think about what does that teach us."

He argued the GOP could work on becoming more inclusive–a challenge, he said, that House Republicans especially face. "The question is do they want to, in a disciplined way, create a schedule and a program and include people who are not traditionally Republican?"

"The difference between outreach and inclusion is outreach is when five white guys have a meeting and call you," he continued. "Inclusion is when you're in the meeting."

But Gingrich cautioned "Barack Obama's majority is as far as the White House" and said Republicans and Democrats still had to put forth an "immense amount of mutual effort" to work together.

As for the future of the party, the former speaker said 2016 will likely be a time for a "next generation" of Republicans, pointing to several GOP governors, whom he said do a "better job of solving problems."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Republicans
soundoff (306 Responses)
  1. Brian

    What's sad is he most likely believes that if he were to deny he was wrong, the results would somehow magically change and we'd have a different President.

    November 7, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Dave

    "Obamacide: The Death of a Country"

    Don't you ever get tired of this? I know I do. I saw that same rhetoric 4 years ago, virtually guaranteeing that by now, we would be a Mad Maxx wasteland and/or under complete tyrannical control. I even remember hearing that my fishing rights were going to be stripped by Obama as part of his secret anti-sportsman agenda. Yet here we are, 4 years later. Not without problems, but no less free, by any measure.

    The irony of posters like this, using the "free" internet to post their doom and gloom, warnings of a death spiral, bemoaning the loss of our nation, just amazes me. Go outside, walk down your street, and compare what you see to footage from Syria. And, for your and the nation's mental health, give it a rest.

    November 7, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Drinky Crow

    "Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who predicted Mitt Romney would win the presidential election in a clear victory, conceded Wednesday morning that his expectations were off. "

    In other news, Sherlock didn't take a dump today...

    November 7, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Janet Bryanrt

    Woman in California: touche!

    November 7, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Dean

    I voted for Obama because the blacks threatened to riot...thank goodness he won.

    November 7, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Eyes Wide Open

    Normally I would not put a post but just read and observe. However with all of what has transpired in the last 24 hours something has to be said. First regardless of who won the presidency I have never seen so much direspect for the POTUS when addressing him.... no President Obama but instead Barack Obama. that's one.

    Two... you cannot relate to things you don't understand and aren't willing to understand therefore you are out of touch. Now is the time for all parties to get in touch with what is happening in the world today because the person who is going to win the race will be the one in touch. Whether you are republican or democrat extinction has no eyes. We all better wake up and see what's in front of us.

    By the way, I am a democrat and voted for President Barack Obama!!!

    November 7, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |

    now that Republican have FAILED to make Obama a one term president,
    or are we going to have a rehash of the last four years obstruction?
    This "fiscal cliff" was a creation of the Tea Party led House and will cause another recession
    Are we gonna be able to work this out now? Or is your #1 priority STILL the destruction of President Obama

    November 7, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Wilson

    @Obamacide,,,,spot on. Byers remorse will be setting in about the time the 20+ new taxes from obamacare set in, and the quality of care declines. I wonder who Obama will blame for the mess he inherited this time? It is much worse than 2008.

    November 7, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  9. Yugnok

    Make Romney black...he wins

    Make Obama white...he loses

    Its not complicated to see what happened.

    November 7, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. ruetienne

    What was wrong? Well, for starters, the GOP wanted to take us back to the 1950's. It wants to meet the needs of wealthy white people at the expense of everyone else. It somehow thinks it's okay to have 50n million people without health care. It despises people of color, blacks, hispanics, and most immigrants a shade darker than themselves. It declared war on unions, stating raises would rise without them. Right! It loves to control what happens in the bedroom of others. It continues to be the party of war, not peace. It declared wars on teachers, firefighters, and police. It supports laws allowing citizens to carry automatic weapons in bars and almost anywhere else. And it still doesn't understand the definiton of rape!

    November 7, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Lgs

    "The difference between outreach and inclusion is outreach is when five white guys have a meeting and call you," he continued. "Inclusion is when you're in the meeting." Take heed people...Newt is saying something here....

    November 7, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. socalgal

    PS. Just because Mitt lost doesn't mean he was wrong.

    November 7, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. California Gary

    There you are critical thinking! Still not thinking clearly I see.......but I'm glad you showed up. There is a rather large crow to be eaten this morning.

    November 7, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. socalgal

    My post re the lamestream media was not posted. CASE IN POINT!

    November 7, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Lgs

    I guess you Rethugs forgot who got us in this mess....The country will be fine..You rethugs need to learn how to be inclusive because 2016 you may lose Texas...Wake-up

    November 7, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Dan

    Interesting, all these critical comments about Romney, and the "landslide" win, yet the great unifier won the popular vote by a little less than 3M out of ~117M cast(I may have the numbers off a bit). I suspect thats a slim margin in most folks books and does not represent a mandate for either man. Which means we're still stuck as a nation w two contrasting visions about how we should govern ourselves and therein lies the dilemma.

    November 7, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    ...AND Boehner, and McConnell. Gingirch is another blowhard like Donald Trump. He had his chance and blew it because his lifestyle didn't match his rhetoric.

    November 7, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    Newt please retire and leave us all in peace. You're a disgrace and and a wacko. I think Clint Eastwood has an empty chair for you to sit in.

    November 7, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    That's President Obama to you newterman.
    That being said, we knew you were wrong except when you said, I think it was you during a rethug primary debate, that the twit would be the worst president ever! Thank goodness we will never know.

    November 7, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Two thumps up to Obama..... the world has a message for the Republicans.... WE ARE TIRED.... did you not forget the majority.....?

    November 7, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. DENNA

    Talk about a cold slap in the face. The Republicans seriously did not see this coming? Don't you understand? America has changed. The 1950s are OVER. The majority of Americans want to live and enjoy our multi-cultural nation. LOL After all, the Mayflower visitors started it. The American Indians probably weren't that thrilled with the forced immigration either. Oh, I hope Karl Rove gets better. He didn't look so hot last night when he was trying to deny the truth of the election.

    November 7, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Obama-he-no-care..

    Once again Obama's oration in Chicago was all about Obama making history...this man does not give a dime-damn for the United States of America wether........Blue or Red...Yes its yet to come...

    November 7, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Critical Thinking

    Obamacide : You are spot on with your forecast. It will be interesting to find anyone who will admit to voting for Obama in 2 years time. "No, not me, I didn't vote him"

    November 7, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. asdrel

    November 7, 2012 – the first day of the 2016 presidential campaign! Sounds like Mr. Gingrich is getting ready. And Vice-President Biden has all but declared his candidacy. Is Paul Ryan far behind?

    November 7, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. dink

    I feel somewhat informed because as a kid I watched my father run on the Republican ticket in local politics.

    I remember the teenage girls in my conservative church struggling to come to terms with "gods laws" of female subservience under god and man; but everyone learned to see it from the church's point of view, no matter what it was, they learn to see past the contradictions.

    The Republican party is made up of people that have learned to see past many contradictions from a very early age. They are very vulnerable to propaganda and big businesses use their mastery of propaganda to influence them (the religious right) for their own political and material gain. To put it in a way some republicans might understand: God and the Devil have married along the way.

    November 7, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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