October 8th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich to Obama: you have to negotiate

(CNN) - Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich once again called out President Barack Obama Tuesday for refusing to negotiate with congressional Republicans over raising the debt limit.

"The president ought to be getting off his high horse, sitting in a room, bringing in the congressional leadership and acting like he's part of the constitution, he's not above it," Gringrich told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."

Gingrich, one of the co-hosts of CNN's "Crossfire," said that the American people think that for the president to do anything else is "nuts."

Gingrich was House speaker during the last two government shutdowns, in late 1995 and early 1996.

The president and Senate Democrats have held firm on their refusal to negotiate under under the gun, calling for a "clean" increase to the debt ceiling. Obama reiterated that stance in a speech at FEMA Monday.

"We're not going to negotiate under the threat of a prolonged shutdown until Republicans get 100% of what they want" or under the threat of "economic catastrophe," said the president.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

Filed under: Debt • Newt Gingrich • President Obama
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Obama's job is to negotiate, that is what politicians do. Fire him or impeach him since he has quit his job."

    Oh look! A "impeacher". How quaint.

    October 8, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. smith

    Both parties are at fault here. It is time to come to a deal and end this. In disgusted with both parties. Any body whose say that one party is causing this is in major denial of the facts.

    October 8, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. conniesz

    Obama's job is to do what is right for the country – negotiating with the Republican terrorists is not an option.

    October 8, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. rs


    When the Democrats passed Obamacare without s single Republican vote they essentially took control of one-sixth of the economy without popular support from the electorate.
    You conveniently forget the role the GOP played in shaping the ACA: They demanded their "individual mandate" be in place, and they wanted the single payer option gone in exchange for their votes, remember? They got what they wanted, then they lied and voted against the bill- too friggin' bad that you guys lost going into that election, or maybe you could have changed the ACA LEGALLY.

    October 8, 2013 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. rs


    I never ceases to amaze me at how good the Marxists are at destroying existing systems, and they are equally bad at replacing them with efficient, good ones. All through history, same old song.
    And the GOP solution to the present system? You know the one with a 20% price gain every year, the one 40% of American workers have no insurance for, the one that is the leading cause of bankruptsy in America? That great system?

    October 8, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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