September 15th, 2013
12:25 PM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich: The U.S. is 'following from behind'

Washington (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich knocked President Barack Obama on foreign policy Sunday, saying the president is "leading from behind" in the United States-Russia negotiations over Syria's chemical weapons.

"Russian influence just increased in the Middle East dramatically. We are now relying on the Russians. We're now following from behind," said Gingrich, who's now a co-host of CNN's "Crossfire." "This is not a good long-term position."

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama • Russia • Syria • TV-State of the Union
September 12th, 2013
07:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich: Putin is a dictator and a thug

(CNN) – Americans shouldn't let Vladimir Putin's opinions get under their skin because the Russian president is a one-time KGB officer whose primary interest is nationalism, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday.

"While we have to deal with him as the president of Russia, we don't have to respect his views. We don't have to respect his opinions," said Gingrich, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire."

"And frankly, we should laugh at him when he tries to lecture America about exceptionalism, because he ain't exceptional. He's just one more in a long tradition of dictators and thugs."

Filed under: Crossfire • Newt Gingrich • Russia
August 30th, 2013
07:28 PM ET
9 years ago

1988 Crossfire Classic: Soviet military capabilities

(CNN) - As we count down to the re-launch of Crossfire, our new hosts are looking back at amazing moments from the program’s 23-year history.

Newt Gingrich shows a night in 1988 when figures from the Kennedy and Bush eras debate U.S. defense. Former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara and about-to-be Vice President Dan Quayle were in the Crossfire discussing the Soviet Union’s military defense capabilities in the final days of the socialist state.

Crossfire returns to CNN on September 16, airing weekdays at 6:30pm ET.


Filed under: Crossfire • Newt Gingrich
Gingrich: Hillary Clinton to pursue 'left-wing ideas'
August 15th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich: Hillary Clinton to pursue 'left-wing ideas'

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Boston (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is back to tangling with the Clintons.

In an interview with CNN, the former House speaker and presidential candidate accused Hillary Clinton of planning to pursue "left-wing ideas" in a series of upcoming speeches that may be setting the stage for her own White House run in 2016.

Filed under: Crossfire • Hillary Clinton • Newt Gingrich
August 14th, 2013
02:21 PM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich: Republicans have 'zero' health care ideas

Boston (CNN) – Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded his fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing "zero" alternatives to President Obama's health care reform law.

Gingrich, who was speaking at the opening session of the Republican National Committee's summer meeting, fielded a question about "Obamacare" and recalled that Republicans were able to block Bill Clinton's health care reform effort in 1994 because they had "a positive alternative approach" to health care.

Filed under: Crossfire • Health care • Newt Gingrich • RNC
Jackie Gingrich, first wife of Newt Gingrich, dies at 77
August 8th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
9 years ago

Jackie Gingrich, first wife of Newt Gingrich, dies at 77

Atlanta (CNN) - Jackie Gingrich, the first wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the mother of his two daughters, died Wednesday in Atlanta, according to the funeral home organizing her arrangements. She was 77.

The Almon Funeral Home in Carrollton, Georgia, did not give her cause of death, but Gingrich had battled cancer for years.


Filed under: Newt Gingrich
July 21st, 2013
01:37 PM ET
9 years ago

Gingrich debates Bobby Rush over hoodie

(CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, for wearing a hoodie on the House floor last year after Trayvon Martin's death, while Rush's congressional district in Chicago continues to see heavy gun violence.

"You have a congressman whose own district is bleeding, who puts on a hoodie as a symbolic act, but he doesn't do anything about the gangs in his own district," Gingrich said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

But Rush said the Republican's argument "doesn't hold water."

“I have been working relentlessly since I’ve been in Congress, even when you were the speaker of the House and didn’t want to hear these matters," the congressman said.

March 22nd, 2013
10:41 AM ET
10 years ago

What foiled the conservative dream ticket?

(CNN) – For the subset of Republicans who viewed Mitt Romney as a Massachusetts moderate unfit for their party's presidential nomination, it could have been the dream ticket: Gingrich-Santorum for president.

Or was it Santorum-Gingrich for president?

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
Gingrich urges GOP to see the light
March 16th, 2013
10:48 AM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich urges GOP to see the light

(CNN) - As Newt Gingrich laid out his ideas for the future of the Republican Party on Saturday, a light bulb appeared next to his head - quite literally.

The former House speaker and 2012 presidential candidate brought the light bulb and a wax candle as props to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Filed under: CPAC • Newt Gingrich
March 15th, 2013
09:49 AM ET
10 years ago

Portman stirs mixed reaction with same-sex marriage reversal

(CNN) - Hours after Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced he reversed his position on same-sex marriage, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he won't second guess Portman but he's not entirely embracing the Ohio senator's change of heart, either.

Portman told CNN's Dana Bash that after his 21-year-old son came out two years ago, he came to the conclusion that same-sex marriage "is something that we should allow people to do."

Filed under: Newt Gingrich • Rob Portman • Same-sex marriage
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