May 13th, 2014
07:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Crossfire: Gingrich slams ‘Republican consultant class’

(CNN) - Crossfire co-host Newt Gingrich took aim at Republican elites, opening Tuesday's show by criticizing Karl Rove for his recent comments questioning Hillary Clinton's health.

"I do believe that Karl Rove was totally wrong," the former speaker of the House said in response to a report that Rove, a powerful Republican strategist, suggested the former secretary of state suffers from a brain injury stemming from a 2012 health scare.

"I think he represented the worst instincts of the consulting class in the Republican Party," Gingrich said.

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"Just think about it for a minute, if Sen. Clinton, Secretary Clinton, First Lady Clinton is still out campaigning in 2016, there's not going to be any health issue, just as there wasn't a health issue with Dwight Eisenhower, just has there wasn't a health issue with Ronald Reagan."

Gingrich, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, said Rove's comments " (typify) the Republican consulting class, which wants to be negative, narrow, personal, avoid ideas and not have to wrestle with the big issues."

Clinton, who's seriously considering a second bid for the White House, suffered a blood clot in December 2012, after a fall.

After first going to the hospital for testing, she later was admitted for a three-day stay at a hospital in New York City.

Gingrich called on Rove to apologize, further condemning his fellow Republican's comments as "petty, personal attacks."

"To bring up that kind of thing and suggest that kind of thing is what keeps a lot of decent people from getting into public life because it ain’t worth the pain of that kind of attack."

Gingrich is the latest in a slew of political groups and figures to slam Rove.

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2016 • Crossfire • Hillary Clinton • Karl Rove
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Finally, something made this nut case see the light. That being said, he's still repulsive.

    May 13, 2014 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  2. Debbie in Arizona

    I very, very seldom agree with Newt, but when you're right, you're right.

    May 13, 2014 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Saying stupid things is not limited to the Republican consultant class. The foot in the mouth disease runs rampant in the Republican Party...especially among Tea Partiers and extreme conservative purists.

    May 13, 2014 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  4. 2_indy1600

    Rover needs to move over. One concussion is a brain injury, two or more can be "concussion syndrome," which can result in damage.

    May 13, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    Rove is delusional. I don't think that he would apologize unless the Divine Voice came down and told Rove to do so... It would be reluctant.

    May 13, 2014 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. smith1

    newt loves the spotlight but at least he is right on this. Rove is a jerk and shows how scared the repos are of Hillary. They have really slammed her this week. People are getting tired of listening to them.

    May 13, 2014 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    Rove has not a single moral fiber in his body.... Gingrich is right here.
    Shame on Rove and anyone in the GOP that supports this comment re HRC.
    Rove dementia? Or PPTSD ( post political traumatic stress disease/ disorder.

    May 14, 2014 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  8. Name. willard

    Im belived that hillary clinton cant be her presdient 2016 cause she was damage her brain with blood clot and weak helath. So she was very old too woman
    Rove was right his word about problems her health

    May 14, 2014 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  9. bassman

    Wouldn't it be fair to criticize a movie that tried to suggest Sarah Palin is mentally unstable? We are supposed to believe John McCain, war hero whose career has been defined by the decision he made to remain in the Hanoi Hilton, picked a running mate that is mentally unstable. We know our media does not treat sexist attacks against conservative women the same they do with liberals.

    May 14, 2014 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  10. bassman

    But our media had no problem with a movie that tried to suggest Sarah Palin is 'mentally unstable'. We are supposed to believe John McCain, war hero whose career has been defined by the decision he made to remain in the Hanoi Hilton, picked an mentally unstable running mate.

    May 14, 2014 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  11. @RI_Roger

    He sits to the left of one of the biggest truth bending political consultants in the industry, Stephanie Cutter, and doesn't take a shot across her bow? She's is single handily responsible for the collapse of John Kerry's Presidential bid.

    May 14, 2014 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  12. rs1201

    I think it's perfectly acceptable to question the health of any Presidential candidate and Clinton is one whether she admits it or not. Democrats have never hesitated to question the health of republicans in office or campaigning for office...what's good for the gander is good for the goose.
    Democrats attacked President Reagan and Dick Cheney relentlessly about their age and their health. Since Clinton is less than forthcoming about anything...e.g.'s perfectly logical to ask that she make her medical records public should she officially declare her candidacy for 2016.

    May 14, 2014 07:10 am at 7:10 am |